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.

This month’s SEM article was going to focus on another topic. But it was pushed aside by the urgency of the United Nations’ new climate report. The
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded it’s “unequivocal” that humans have warmed the skies, waters, and lands and that many of the “widespread and rapid changes” are irreversible within our lifetimes.

Humans are dangerously warming the planet through the burning of fossil fuels. Warming greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions also result from the clearing of land for agriculture and urban development which releases as CO2 the carbon stored in trees, other plants, and the soil. There’s a growing concern, too, about other GHG emissions like nitrogen dioxide (fertilizer production) and methane (livestock farming; decomposing of solid waste in landfills; and oil and gas drilling). 

Chicken Little was right—the sky is falling. John Kerry said, “The IPCC report underscores the overwhelming urgency of this moment. We can get to the low carbon economy we urgently need, but time is not on our side. This is the critical decade for action.”

Far more aggressive action is required, and we must make changes in our lifestyles and be(come) active advocates for our sacred earth. Can you modify by a couple of degrees the winter/summer temperature in your home? Or replace your natural gas furnace/AC unit with a heat pump? How soon can you save enough to buy an electric vehicle? Can your family reduce its consumption of meat? 

Please review the Hot Earth Liberation Plan “What You Can Do To Fight Climate Change” on SEM’s website at https://www.universityucc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/What-you-can-do-to-fight-climate-change.pdf  The top options are: 

1.) Talk about your climate change concerns to everyone in your life 

2.) Be an influencer! Contact your representatives to support actions to fight climate change. The advocacy organization Climate Solutions says, “The more people talk about climate, the more motivated they are to do something about it.” 

Our dithering is tied to a lack of political will and the influence of the fossil fuel industry. The IPCC report has compiled the best available science and created a solid foundation for decision-makers to act. Now it’s up to us to put enough pressure on decision-makers to actually reduce emissions, be they corporate executives or government officials.

Changes are needed in manufacturing, buildings, transportation, agriculture, how electricity is made… 

The Senate’s passage of an infrastructure bill means the already voluminous GHG emissions from manufacturing asphalt, concrete, and steel will increase. If we can’t persuade firms like Seattle’s Ash Grove Cement to go green, more dramatic thermostat adjustments will be needed because our options are disappearing and “laissez-faire” and “mañana” are no longer acceptable. We have only 8½ years to halve our emissions!

Anyone can be added to SEM’s email list for legislative and environmental alerts by contacting UCUCC’s office. But that’s not enough now. The world has changed, and we must change how we deal with today’s climate crisis. SEM is asking EVERYONE to contact their federal, state, and local government officials and emphasize the need for them to reduce GHG emissions. 

We need leaders who can implement bold projects like the building of planned communities powered by solar energy. That’s what Tesla’s CEO is currently doing in Austin where Tesla is building large manufacturing plants. As UN Security General Antonio Guterres said, “This report must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet.” 

The Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck