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. We strive to walk in the path of Jesus, and to offer an authentic welcome to everyone who walks through our door. We invite visitors to wear a name-tag from the pew register folder so we may more easily greet you by name.

Our worship service starts at 10 am and includes hymns, prayers, scripture reading and a sermon. It usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. More information here.

Children are an important part of our community, and are welcome for all or part or the service. You will be met at the door with a warm handshake and welcome, and our friendly greeters can help direct you and answer your questions.

Wear clothes that you are comfortable in and sit on the main floor or in the balcony - wherever you feel most at ease. We look forward to welcoming you.

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.

We offer a complimentary "inquirers Lunch" on the second Sunday of the month for people interested in learning more about us. It is an informal session over soup, salad and dessert where you can meet others who may be on a similar spiritual journey and learn how to plug into this church community from long-term members and clergy.

We'll explore topics from history, to theology, to membership. To RSVP, or let us know about special needs (Including childcare or food sensitivities) email us at gro.ccuytisrevinu@sreriuqni or call 206-979-7539.

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.

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 Earth is Sacred – Not Ours to Wreck

One of the most useful things we can do to mitigate the climate crisis is to preserve existing forests and plant new ones.  That’s because trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and incorporate it in their roots and branches.

The fires in the Amazon rainforest are devastating because forests are being destroyed and the stored carbon released into the atmosphere.  Equally alarming are the Trump administration’s plans to allow the logging of old-growth trees in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and the building of roads there for energy and mining projects.  It’s the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest.  Its centuries old trees store more carbon removed from the atmosphere than any other national forest in the country.

Forests are also disappearing because of urbanization and the clearcutting of woodlands for livestock ranching and agricultural expansion.  Seattle has a tree-protection ordinance which requires developers to replace all large or “exceptional” trees they remove.  But it’s not being enforced, and Seattle has lost 1,200 acres of canopy cover to developers since 2009.

We should instead be protecting and increasing the size of old-growth forests.  A good example of what can be done is a 7,600-acre tract of land owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) near Washington’s Willapa Bay.  TNC is working with contract loggers there to enable young industrially-planted stands to become stands of old growth (150+ year old trees) by thinning young trees to provide more growing space and replacing some of the trees to provide more intermixing species of trees.

One of Sacred Earth Matters’ priority bills in the 2019 Legislature was SB 5873 which would establish a grant program to enable communities to acquire, develop, and restore forests.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t approved in the House.  On a happier note, Washington entered into a Shared Stewardship Agreement this year with the U.S. Forest Service to protect our forests from wildfires, insects, disease, and droughts and restore the forest we have lost.

Forests managed for timber (e.g. Weyerhaeuser) sequester carbon almost as well as wilderness woodlands do.  Sustainable forestry increases CO2 absorption from the atmosphere as a result of young trees absorbing higher levels of carbon dioxide than older trees, making the forest act as a carbon sink.  The Nature Conservancy is a strong advocate for the cross-laminated timber industry that makes effective use of young, small diameter trees from managed forests.  The good news is that we’re planting more trees in our working forests today than we’re cutting down.

A new study found that reforestation is much more powerful than anyone ever expected.  Letting saplings regrow on land where forests have been cleared and planting trees where there were none before (afforestation) could result in 1.2 trillion new trees across the planet.  These trees would capture two-thirds of the carbon we’ve put in the atmosphere over the last 150 years.  Russia, the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and China are the countries with the most room for new trees.

Every school student in China under the age of 11 must plant at least one tree each year.  Think of the impact we could make if everyone who attends UCUCC planted or sponsored the planting of one tree each year.  Do it!