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 the Lord’s — not ours to wreck

Rising temperatures are creating a growing demand for air conditioning. Over 86% of U.S. homes have cooling systems, and all the houses we looked at in Portland six years ago had AC. That’s not true for Seattle, and adding ceiling fans and AC were priorities for us when we purchased a house here.

We’re using extra electricity and natural gas so we can be comfortable. That generates more carbon dioxide and acerbates the climate crisis. But we’ve not alone. Only 8% of India’s households have AC, but installing cooling systems is frequently a life or death matter as India’s temperatures soar. Approximately 20% of the total electricity used in buildings worldwide is for air conditioners and fans. Space cooling energy needs are expected to triple by 2050.

The organic compound hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) is the primary refrigerant used in AC equipment and refrigeration units. HFCs are better than the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) still being used in India and older equipment here. CFCs are linked to the hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic which isn’t expected to return to 1980 coverage until 2050.

HFC emissions which occur during the production, installation, and especially at the equipment’s end of life are 1,000-3,000 times more damaging than carbon dioxide. HFCs currently represent 1% of total greenhouse gases, but they’re the fastest-growing (10-15% per year) form of climate emissions and could potentially cause half a degree Celsius of warming by 2100.

Two large chemical manufacturers (Honeywell and DuPont spinoff Chemours) now produce more environmentally-friendly HFC alternatives. Sacred Earth Matters supported a bill this year which the Washington legislature adopted that restricts the use of HFCs and directs the state to establish a purchasing and procurement policy for alternative products.

The 2016 Kigali Amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer commits parties (including U.S.) to reduce the production/consumption of hydrofluorocarbons by 80% over three decades. The amendment went into effect January 1, 2019, but it hasn’t been ratified by the U.S., China, or India. Several Republican senators and the US Chamber of Commerce have urged President Trump to back ratification, but…