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.

That’s how Greta Thunberg described the UN climate summit in Glasgow. Actually, the participating nations agreed to attack methane and halve the rate of deforestation by 2030. And we can celebrate Governor Inslee’s announcements that Washington will electrify 40 % of our state’s vehicle fleet by 2025 (100 percent by 2040) and ban new gas car sales by 2030.
Nations also promised to “phase down unabated coal power.” Unfortunately, they didn’t set a timeline for doing so. They also failed to address equity or help poorer nations which aren’t responsible for this mess. Richer nations had promised in the 2015 Paris accords to provide $100 billion annually for poorer nations struggling to adapt to the climate crisis. Instead, the International Monetary Fund says, they subsidized by $5.9 trillion in 2020 alone the production and burning of coal, oil and gas.

The Earth is Sacred, Not Ours to Wreck

Temperatures and the existing levels of carbon in the atmosphere aren’t going to decrease for decades regardless of what changes we make. The best possible outcome is to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. We’re currently at 1.1 degrees. But CO2 emissions continue to increase, and we’re on track to hit 2.4 degrees.

Thomas Friedman says that Gen Z (born 1997-2012) knows that sticking to our business-as-usual trajectory could heat up the planet by the end of the century to levels no Homo sapiens have ever lived in. “Our fragile planet is hanging on by a thread,” says UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. That’s why we can’t just give up and say, “It’s not my problem” or, “I’ll be dead by then.” Since there aren’t enough renewables to satisfy the growing demand for electricity, we’ll have to transition away from fossil fuels instead of going cold turkey.

All of us need to open our eyes and see what’s happening. Imagine parents watching their children starve because of drought. See the climate refugees and people of island nations and coastal communities threatened by rising seas. Hear the Upper Skagit Tribe as they long for their sacred lands and salmon lost to the dams and rising water temperatures. Notice those in vulnerable communities who can neither fortify their homes or move away from the fires or extreme heat. Remember those who died in this year’s record-shattering heat.

All of us must change the way we live. We must switch ASAP to renewable electricity and stop using natural gas. We must provide more insulation in our homes and switch to heat pumps and electricity for heating, cooling, and cooking. We must stop manufacturing steel and concrete. We must plant and, more importantly, preserve trees and forests. That includes kelp forests. Utilizing technology in new ways for capturing carbon in the air and “burying” it for eternity is critical, too.
We must protect the agricultural land used for growing our food and the water which crops require. We must eat more plants and consume less meat. We must… We must…

–submitted by Lon Dickerson