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 – and 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.

Sacred Earth Matters!

image of Mt. Rainier

Look around you at this incredible earth,
then may you experience each day
as a sacred gift
woven around the heart of wonder.

Earth from space

In 2001 a small group of University Congregational members came together to work on environmental justice and climate change. They called their new group the “green church task force.” Since then earth stewardship has become a vital component of our community’s mission. Renamed “Sacred Earth Matters,” this initiative has engaged hundreds of people in learning about environmental issues and taking action to stop degradation of the earth due to climate change, greed and human failure to comprehend our sacred interconnections.

Sacred Earth Matters exists to celebrate the sacredness of all creation. The group’s mission is to empower and mobilize us to act with urgency to build a just and sustainable world. These passionate earth stewards are dedicated to helping us respond to the climate crisis affecting all life on this planet.

Concrete goals for action

Sacred Earth Matter’s goals are based on science, and they also speak to the heart. Within the context of Christianity and earth stewardship the group seeks to :

  • Explore how our Christian, biblical understandings and other spiritual traditions offer alternatives to human domination and support the care and integrity of creation – our earth, natural resources and all beings.
  • Help us make decisions in our everyday life that honor the sacredness of creation and confront actions that degrade the earth.
  • Participate in creating worship opportunities and resources for our congregation that celebrate the sacredness of all creation.
  • Sponsor groups from our church to join with other churches, organizations, and communities in actions and events that help restore our bio-region.
  • Advocate for environmental-justice; linking with social justice concerns of the church’s mission and goals.

Accomplishments

Since its formation, Sacred Earth Matters has encouraged our community to be more ecologically responsible. We have worked with the nonprofit Earth Ministry and received their “Greening Congregation” designation. We have dramatically lessened our use of throw-aways on a daily basis. We have made our building more energy-efficient by installing 92 solar panels on our roof in 2014. To literally see this work in action, check out the energy production of our solar panels.  On a sunny Seattle day, these panels produce enough energy in one day to power eight average Seattle households. They produce about 25 megawatts of electricity per year. We have also developed a travelling photographic exhibit that contrasts the beauty of the earth and the devastation caused by irresponsible stewardship and climate change.

In 2020, our church’s Racial Justice Activists joined with Sacred Earth Matters to develop a Land Acknowledgement Statement. They worked in consultation with local tribal leaders to this. Read the statement here. 

Living into our commitment

In 2019 the University UCC Congregation passed a resolution entitled “The Earth is Sacred, not ours to Wreck.” Within this resolution the congregation committed to raising “its prophetic voice regarding the urgency of healing the climate of the earth, our sacred home, for the future of all life.” The resolution also commits the church and its individual members to “making decisions of integrity in our energy choices, even as we commit to hold our political leaders accountable to do the same.” This three-page resolution is both specific and inspiring. Read it here: The Earth is Sacred, not ours to Wreck.

Resources for making a difference

Making a difference for our earth’s future takes both individual action and group determination. The sections below provide specific ways that you can make a difference in your own life and through advocacy. Click on the plus sign (+) at the right of each title to open that section and learn more.

What you can do to fight climate change

Sacred Earth Matters, led by member Katherine Chesick, has assembled a guide to climate action and advocacy, entitled What You Can Do To Fight Climate Change
It provides guidance and practical suggestions tailored to the Seattle area. You will find information on the following:

  • Use your voice
  • Use your vote
  • Use your choices in the following areas: transportation, food, home and office buildings, yard planning and care, money habits, shopping and consuming habits, family planing
  • Making a difference and coping with the reality of climate change
  • Resources for fighting climate change
Calculate your carbon footprint

Why calculate your carbon footprint? Doing this can provide concrete evidence of how your individual lifestyle is adding harmful gasses to the earth’s atmosphere and thus contributing to global warming. There may be some simple things you can do to reduce your personal impact on the environment.

The website CoolCongregations.org offers a simple carbon footprint calculator that is geared to individuals and congregations. Try it now. There are also a couple of carbon foot print calculators within the “Guide to Climate Action” booklet above.

How to reduce your use of harmful plastics

Plastics have become such a consistent component of our everyday lives that we often don’t notice them. This practical guide provides a gradual six-week program to    help become more aware of the destruction to our earth from the overuse of plastics. It was originally offered in early 2020 as a Lenten practice and remains a useful guide into the future. Reducing Our Use Of Plastics

Inspiration for this difficult work

Healing the earth and fighting for climate action can be discouraging. It is important to stay connected with the sacredness of the earth through worship, contemplation and appreciation of the earth’s beauty. We offer here some brief quotations to provide sustenance for this critical journey.

Hello, sun in my face…
Best preacher that ever was…
Watch now, how I start the day
In happiness, in kindness.

- Mary Oliver

Let us learn to walk upon the earth so our minds and hearts
May be baptized by the beauty of the
Rain, trees, light and mountains.
Watch how the trees exult when the wind is in them.
Learn how to say ‘Hallelujah’ from the ones who say it right.

- Frederick Buechner

Apprehend God in all things,
For God is in all things.
Every single creature is full of God
And a book about God.
Every creature is a word of God.

- Meister Eckhart

You are above me O God; you are beneath
You are air; You are earth
You are beside me; you are within
O God of heaven,
You have made your home on earth in the broken body of Creation..
Kindle within me a love for you in all things.  - Celtic Prayer from Iona
Wherever you are is home and the earth is paradise
Wherever you set your feet is holy land…
You don’t live off it like a parasite.
You live in it, and it in you, or you don’t survive
And is the true worship of God.

-Ted Poole

The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach;
It is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us
And sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know
The only paradise we ever need,
If only we have eyes to see.                           --Edward Abbey
Blessed are all who walk upon this earth including humankind
Blessed is Creation in its magnificence.
For the Spirit dwells in every living thing, and is indivisible.

- Mary de La Vallette

Bless us holy earth as we give back
That which we have received
As we make a forest of blessing, a ridge of blessing
For the future to grow upon.

- from The Chinook Psalter

As swimmers dare to lie face to the sky and water bears them,
As hawks rest upon air and air sustains them
So would I learn to attain freefall, and float
Into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
Knowing no effort earns that all-surrounding grace.

- Denise Levertov

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Learn more about us

The Sacred Earth Group meets on the second Sunday of each month at 11:30 am (currently on Zoom). Learn more about our work or explore joining  us by emailing us at  gro.ccuytisrevinu@srettaMhtraEdercaS.

 

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