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.

We’re addicted to the fossil fuels which are the major source of the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for our accelerating climate crisis. In 2020 they accounted 60% of the US’s electricity generation: 40% natural gas, 19% coal, 1% petroleum. Nuclear power provided 20% and renewables another 20% (8.4% wind, 7.3% hydro, 2.3% solar, 1.4% biomass, 0.4% geothermal).

The fossil fuel industry exercises enormous political clout and receives generous government subsidies/support. Fortunately, that’s beginning to change. The Washington legislature passed a bill in 2019 which mandates that our utilities stop using coal by the end of 2025 and use only non-emitting and renewable resources by 2045. Oregon adopted this year a 100% clean power target of 2040.

Dams kill salmon, but hydro power will probably continue to be generated. And while nuclear plants continue to be decommissioned, nuclear power will likely continue to be used, too. But it’s wind and solar which are the most promising sources for electricity.

Washington’s wind farms had a generating capacity in 2019 of 3,085 megawatts. That’s enough electricity for 1.5 million households, or the equivalent of eleven Wild Horse Wind Farms (near Ellensburg) which has a generating capacity of 273 megawatts. However, the Biden administration says the US will still be dependent on fossils fuels in 2050 unless we make truly dramatic changes.

One of them is where we put the wind farms – namely offshore.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates Washington has the potential to install 120,964 MW of offshore wind generation. That’s almost seven times its 18,000 MW potential for onshore wind. Seven times more potential power!! The Global Wind Energy Council says the world has installed only 2% of the 150 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity which will be needed by mid-century.

Over three-quarters of the global installed offshore capacity in 2020 was in the United Kingdom (29%), China (28%), and Germany (22%). But the US is finally ready to move into this arena. Joe Biden’s administration has approved our first major offshore project (Vineyard Wind) off Massachusetts’ coast which the Trump administration tried to stop. It has also pledged to build 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030, mostly along the eastern coastline.

The stronger winds, though, are further offshore where wind turbines can’t be anchored to the ocean floor. And that’s where the truly exciting news is. Floating wind platforms are starting to be installed in deep waters AND a Norwegian firm has produced a new windmill design with far more fans and generating capacity AND Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has said that her office will identify and eventually lease much of the US coastline — from the Gulf of Mexico to the Northeast, California and Oregon — for offshore wind farms by 2025. You can find the article at Yahoo News by searching for “new offshore windmill design.”
Unfortunately, there’s enormous opposition. But the US Navy abandoned in May its opposition to wind farms off the central and northern California coast. And Oregon’s legislature in June provided for a “floating offshore wind study” with a final report to be issued by September 2022 on the benefits and challenges of integrating up to 3 GW of floating offshore wind into Oregon’s electric grid by 2030.

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck