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.

The United Church of Christ has a goal of planting 10,000 trees to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Thus far, 8,000 trees have been planted in national forests damaged by forest fires, 500 in Kenya, Zambia, and Palestine, and 970 by UCC members in their own communities.

If you’d like to plant a tree in honor of Earth Day, please do so. Then let Gail Crouch know so she can add our numbers to the national totals. If you have space, but no tree, contact Gail, and she will connect you with someone who can provide and/or plant the tree. Or, consider a $87 donation to King County Parks Foundation or Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign.

Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, and in 2017 trees absorbed enough CO2 to offset 11 percent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to the EPA. Transportation is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Planting trees is not a substitute for huge reductions in car and truck exhaust and other greenhouse gas emissions. But forest restoration can help us battle the climate crisis. There is enough suitable land to increase the world’s forest cover by one-third without affecting existing cities or agriculture. We get there by planting one tree at a time.

Trees also—

  • help the soil capture significant amounts of carbon
  • catch rainfall and protect against increased flooding caused by climate change
  • absorb airborne pollutants and prevent over half a million cases of acute respiratory symptoms each year in the US
  • provide shade and lower air conditioning needs by as much as 30 percent
  • provide habitat for birds and wildlife along with peace and tranquility for people

The Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska
is one of the world’s major carbon sinks. It’s also our nation’s premier climate insurance policy. Nevertheless, the Trump administration issued a draft environmental impact statement last fall to open it to roadbuilding and logging. Sacred Earth Matters urged people to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture opposing this plan, and Earthjustice challenged it in federal court. Thankfully, a federal judge in March rejected the plan.

Closer to home the Seattle Urban Forestry Commission submitted last June a draft Tree and Urban Forest Protection Ordinance to Seattle’s city council at the request of councilmembers Sally Bagshaw and Lisa Herbold. But nothing is happening, and Seattle continues to have large numbers of large ancient trees cut down. Maybe it’s time for Seattle residents to ask their councilmembers to act. You can take action at Don’t Clearcut Seattle – Update Seattle’s Tree Ordinance @

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