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.

Oh, When Will They Ever Learn?

A story in the New York Times in February said, “The global scientific consensus is clear: Emissions of planet-warning gases must be cut by nearly half by 2030 if the world is going to have a good shot at averting the worst climate catastrophes.” However, the United Nations reported this year that new climate targets submitted by UN members would reduce emissions by less than 1 percent.

A report published in The Lancet medical journal in December indicates about 25,000 people in the US died prematurely in 2018 due to particulates released into the air by the agriculture and transportation industries. There were also 19,000 heat-related deaths in people 65 and older. Because global warming and environmental pollutants are already accelerating deaths, it called on lawmakers to “stem the rise of planet-warming gases in the next five years.”

The Seattle area last month had the lowest coronavirus death rate of the 20 largest metropolitan regions in the country. If our political leaders and the people who live here can collaboratively achieve that distinction, why can’t we be equally successful in dealing with the climate crisis and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?

SEM is hopeful our legislators in Olympia can still pull some rabbits out of the hat before the session ends on April 25. But the in-fighting, obstructionism, and roadkill have been phenomenal. 

Straight-line partisan votes characterize most of the bills sponsored by Democratic legislators which deal with plastic pollution (it’s made from crude oil), “Climate Change & Washington’s Growth Management Act,” GHG emission reductions, and the health impacts of GHG emissions on disadvantaged populations. Why isn’t there strong, bipartisan support for such bills? 

A bill requested by Governor Inslee on clean fuel standards comparable to the longstanding ones in Oregon, California, and British Columbia doesn’t even have the support of all Democrats. They’ve also been squabbling over carbon tax bills.

Puget Sound Energy and other gas utilities are waging a $1 million campaign to oppose policies/laws which require all-electric buildings, and they trounced a “Healthy Homes & Clean Buildings” bill. 

The Washington State Petroleum Association, Western States Petroleum Association, and Association of Washington Business have enormous clout in Olympia. There are disproportionate GHG emissions from on-demand transportation vehicles since they’re continually being driven. Lyft and Uber supported a bill which called for mandatory emission reductions by on-demand vehicles, but it failed to advance in the House. The electric vehicle bill supported by SEM (Clean Cars 2030) also failed to get a floor vote.

Fortunately, a bill to facilitate an electric vehicle charging and refueling infrastructure across the state is doing well, as is a bipartisan bill to establish a tax incentive program for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. A bill to accelerate forest restoration and expand our ability to respond to wildfires was unanimously approved in the House.

Unfortunately, Washington is failing miserably in achieving its GHG emission goals. And oh, so much more has to be accomplished as we get closer and closer to the 2030 deadline which scientists say is the critical date to contain the climate crisis.