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. You are welcome to attend our in-person service at 10 am each Sunday. A digital service is also offered on line on Sunday evening at 5 pm. Our service is streamed on YouTube and Facebook. You will find the links just below this section on our home page. Weekly services are are available on line after they are initially presented on Sundays..

We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door or joins us online. 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 in-person worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour. During the 10 am service we also offer live-streaming to a nearby room that offers those with compromised immune systems to be more isolated. We also offer a separate space for children, with supervised play and crafts during the 10 am service. Sections of the 10 am service are programed into the 5 pm digital service, which is offered as a "vespers."

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 10 am 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.

Stables tend to be drafty. More insulation in a Bethlehem stable probably would have made it more comfortable for a baby nestled in a manger. But that was a long time ago. And as we battle today’s climate crisis, we must focus not just on the inns, but on commercial buildings in general.

Residential and commercial buildings account for 23.4 percent of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions. And there’s growing support for making electric appliances and heat pumps mandatory for new construction. Removing gas-burning equipment and installing a network of heat pumps and more solar panels could/should also be a priority for UCUCC members for their house of worship and for their own homes. As we contemplate New Year’s resolutions, perhaps we could strive to have a net-zero church and residences by 2030. Think about it.

Updated last February, Seattle’s Energy Code now bans gas furnaces and water heaters in new construction. Gas cooking is still allowed. The ban applies to commercial buildings and multifamily housing at least four stories tall. State law prohibits cities from imposing tighter energy codes on residential buildings less than four stories tall. The Metropolitan King County Council will likely conduct a public hearing in January on revisions to King County’s building code. One proposed revision would require all new buildings to be all-electric and fossil fuel-free.

Governor Inslee’s 2022 policy and budget proposal

includes a ‘net-zero ready’ requirement for all new construction beginning in 2034. It would require all-electric appliances and equipment, implement electrical panel capacity and wiring for solar panels, to incorporate electric vehicle charging and battery storage, and allow local jurisdictions to lead the way instead of being restricted by state limitations. Inslee’s December policy brief says, “Meeting this net-zero goal would establish a clear deadline to discontinue using fossil fuels in new homes and buildings.”

Puget Sound Energy is currently testing battery and other storage options. Inslee’s proposal would allow PSE and other consumer-owned utilities to fund incentive programs to enable customers to switch from fossil fuel to renewable electric space and water heating. Seattle City Light already has energy efficiency incentive programs for new construction.

Washington’s 2019 Clean Building Act allows the Dept of Commerce to develop energy standards for buildings which exceed 50,000 sq. ft. Inslee’s proposal would amend the current standards to 20,000-49,999 sq. ft. buildings, including large multifamily structures.

When the state legislature reconvenes for their session from  January 10 to March 18, SEM’s legislative priorities will include new bills along with a couple of energy efficiency bills which failed to pass in 2021. One of those bills would require a cost analyses for competitive proposals for the design of public facilities to include at least one all-electric system. Approved in the House in 2021, time ran out in the Senate to pass the bill.

Anti-electrification lobbying and advertising by Puget Sound Energy and other gas-distribution utilities and unions representing their workers thwarted the other bill. It’s being broken out into new 2022 bills.  —Lon Dickerson