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.

~ Sacred Earth Matters
The Earth is sacred — not ours to wreck

“Life on earth is at risk,” one presidential candidate said at CNN’s climate townhall in September. A second said, “We are fighting for the survival of our planet Earth, our only planet.” Then a third said, “If you believe that God is watching as poison is being belched into the air of creation, and people are being harmed by it…what do you suppose God thinks of that?”

Another candidate stated, “I think of this as what my mother taught me, and that is you have got to clean up your messes.” They elaborated that we must stay focused on carbon, and not get drawn into small-bore debates about the environmental consequences of plastic straws, cheeseburgers, and lights bulbs. The candidate concluded that “This is exactly what the fossil fuel industry hopes we’re all talking about.”

All of the candidates and CNN moderators stressed that scientists say we have only 11 years to resolve the climate crisis, or our sacred earth and life as we know it are doomed.

So, what should we think and do as Seattle’s city council tackles the use of heating oil?

About 18,000 Seattle homes heat with oil. The council is considering a 24 cents/gallon tax on heating oil, with the revenues funding rebates for 3,000 homeowners to install energy-efficient electric heat pumps. The tax would reduce pollution and help low-income households reduce their heating costs. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

The council is also considering a more controversial ban on natural gas hookups in new houses and other buildings starting next year. Over half of Seattle’s homes currently use natural gas – heating, cooking, hot water, clothes dryers, fireplaces, grills.

Natural gas is generated by fracking (think methane), vulnerable to leaks/explosions during earthquakes, and responsible for 25% of Seattle’s greenhouse emissions

Our national UCC synod took the lead in battling the climate crisis, and our congregation formally joined the fight last Spring. Berkeley became the first American city to adopt a ban on new natural gas hookups in July. 350 Seattle and others think Seattle should too.

Think about what you might say to your city council members and candidates.