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.

~ Submitted by Sacred Earth Matters

Jim Antal reiterated last month at UCUCC that climate change is “the most urgent problem humanity has ever faced.” We can and should make modifications in how we live, but it’s almost too late for such changes to have much of an impact in saving God’s sacred creation. Rev. Dr. Antal said advocacy is now the best way to fight climate change. That can include in-their-face demonstrations like the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock, as well as lobbying at the federal and state levels for laws and policies that will enable us to quickly reduce our carbon footprint.

March 13 was the deadline for most bills in our state legislature to be approved in their house of origin. Those that survived the cutoff have until April 28, when the legislature adjourns, to secure approval in the opposite chamber.

The exciting news is that 12 of the bills or topics on Sacred Earth Matters’ list of state legislative priorities are still potential environmental victories and the 3 bills it opposed are dead.

The bad news is there is considerable opposition to most of these bills by Republican legislators, the fossil fuel industry, and Association of Washington Businesses. Getting them passed and on the governor’s desk is going to require a significant lobbying effort by environmental advocates.

We salute and thank the more than 100 participants in Sacred Earth Matters’ “Legislative Priority of the Week” email program.

When they receive an email describing that week’s priority bill, they call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and request that their support for the bill be conveyed to their senator and representatives. It takes only a couple of minutes, but each call makes an impact. People can still enroll at SEM’s narthex table or by emailing moc.oohay@nosrekcid_nol.

5 bills will increase energy efficiency and reduce energy use and/or reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
  • SB 5116 ? Clean Energy (electric utilities must eliminate coal from our electricity grid by 2025)
  • HB 1110 ? Clean Fuels Program (transportation produces 43% of our greenhouse gas emissions)
  • HB 1257 ? Clean Buildings (new commercial buildings must reduce energy use by 70% by 2031)
  • SB 5811 ? Clean Car Standards (authorizes California’s zero-emission vehicle standards for WA)
  • HB 1112 ? Refrigerant Emissions (WA adopts the EPA regulations vacated by federal courts)
2 bills will sharply reduce the use of thin plastic bags and single-use straws:
  • SB 5323 ? Plastic Bags (prohibits stores from providing customers with single-use plastic bags)
  • SB 5077 ? Plastic Straws (prohibits the sale and distribution of single-use plastic straws)
2 bills will provide protection for working forest lands and from pollution for low-income communities
  • SB 5489 ? Environmental Health Disparities (develop strategies for state agencies to use)
  • SB 5873 ? Community Forests (reduces risks of conversion of forests to another land use)
3 bills might help our starving orca whales survive:
  • HB 1579 ? Habitat & Forage Fish (regulates shoreline modifications; protects salmon orcas eat)
  • HB 1578 ? Oil Tankers (addresses tug escorts for oil tankers & emergency response capabilities)
  • HB 1580 & SB5577 ? Vessel Noise (increases distance between orcas & whale-watching vessels)

Legislators who want to be re-elected are good at listening and responding to what their constituents say to them. That includes youth and people not registered to vote. Accordingly, everyone is invited to jump into this climate change battle and be an advocate for our environment. Collectively, we can make a difference.

The Earth is the Lord’s – not ours to wreck