No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here at University Congregational United Church of Christ. Young, old, sure of your path, or still searching --- we invite you to join us in imagining love and justice - as Jesus did - in acting to change the world.

Right now, during the pandemic, we are still united as church. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. New services are offered weekly at 10 am on Sundays, and are available on line after that.

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. If you are new to us, we would love to get to know you and answer your questions about our church, even though we cannot greet you in person. A member of our Welcome Committee, or a pastor, would be happy to correspond on email or talk with you on the phone. Click here to arrange for a "meeting." 

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. Right now we are worshiping online and will adjust this message once we are able to meet together in our sanctuary once again.  More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service.

UCUCC Parking Map

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Parking can be a challenge in the University District! Persistence, patience and an early start are keys to success.

UW has free parking on Sundays. Enter the main campus gate at NE 45th and 17th Ave NE and turn left past the toll booth. It's about a three-block walk to the church. The UW Meany Garage at 15th Ave. NE and NE 41st St. is a five-block walk.

The church also owns three parking lots - Lot A is across the street from the church on 16th Ave. E. Lot B is beneath Sortun Court, just north of the church on the east side of 16th Ave. E. (It closes at 2 p.m.) Lot C (for those with difficulty walking, young children and visitors) is at the corner of 15th NE and NE 45th St., next to the church.

If you need to be assured of a close parking spot, you can call the church office before noon on Friday to reserve one: 206-524-2322.

During this pandemic, we have discontinued our in-person lunches. We would love to meet with you via email or phone, however. Click here to arrange a meeting with a Welcome Committee Volunteer or pastor.

We can explore and explain a range of topics about our church, from history, to theology, to membership. Please contact us at the link above for more information.

We are an inter-generational church and strive to be family-friendly, with an active ministry for children and youth. All ages are welcome in worship. We also offer nursery and child-care, Younger children begin the service with us and usually leave after about 15 minutes. Older children have the option of leaving for a special sermon time. Junior high and high school youth meet at 9 am and then often sit together in worship. Give us a call at 206-524-2322 for more specifics.

Our programs for children and youth continue during this pandemic. Sign up at the bottom of the home page to receive our Children's Ministries and/or Youth Ministries newsletter.

Hearing Impaired: Our sanctuary has an induction loop system that uses the T-Coil mode of your hearing aids. You can get the necessary equipment just before entering the Sanctuary on the right or ask any usher.

Visually Impaired: We offer each Sunday's program in large print for easier readability.

Wheelchair Access: The front entry is wheelchair accessible as are the rest rooms. Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.

Sacred Earth Matters LogoAll of Washington’s coast is in the Cascadia earthquake subduction zone, and much of it is in a tsunami inundation zone. Research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the hazards of tsunamis. FEMA estimates coastal Washington needs more than 50 vertical tsunami evacuation towers at least 50 feet tall which people can climb for safety within minutes of an earthquake. If that isn’t bad enough, portions of the coast will be permanently submerged by rising seas.

The village of Taholah already floods with seawater several times a year. To survive, it must be relocated 800 feet above its current location. La Push, Queets, Hoh and Neah Bay must also be moved to higher ground. That means the schools, health centers, and post offices; all the housing – everything.

Many of the elders will be allowed to stay in place until they die. But the children and younger families don’t have a choice because ocean waters are steadily rising as a result of the climate crisis.

Jim Antal states in Climate Church Climate World, “Climate justice is amplifying all other injustices… We have set in motion global conditions which assure that the people least responsible for the problem will suffer most from the consequences.”

What Antal calls environmental injustice, others call environmental racism. And these Olympic Peninsula inhabitants who are members of the Quinault, Hoh, Quileute, and Makah nations are victims of it. Most of them struggle financially and are dependent on salmon fishing for their livelihoods. But ocean acidification and warmer waters have decimated salmon stocks.

The Olympic Peninsula gets 100-140 inches of rain annually, and many Hoh residences and the tribal center are surrounded by sandbags year-round. Congress transferred 37 acres of contiguous and higher, buildable land from Olympic National Park to the 1 sq. mile Hoh reservation in 2010 and 785 acres to the 1.5 sq. mile La Push Quileute reservation in 2012.

The Quileute subsequently secured a US Bureau of Indian Affairs grant to relocate the tribal school, and the Quinault are currently building a new senior services/head start facility at Taholah’s new, elevated site. But relocating a village is an enormously expensive undertaking.

US Representative Derek Kilmer’s (D-Port Angeles) bipartisan Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act (H.R. 729) could help make it possible. First introduced in 2015, it was approved in the House in December by a 262-151 vote. Unfortunately, it’s languishing in the Senate.

So, there’s no happy ending. At least, not yet. Perhaps mañana, if enough people demand a helping hand and equitable opportunities for the indigenous peoples of our awe-inspiring coastal habitat. Please contact your Senators and urge them to approve HR729.