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.

Hydro, Wind, and Solar Aren’t Our Only Alternative Sources of Energy

~ Lon Dickerson, Sacred Earth Matters

Some of us are old enough to remember hearing our fathers put more coal on the fire in the furnace in the morning so the house would warm up. Or, we can still see the coal dust on clothes drying on the clothes line or the silhouette of our father’s tie on his shirt when he came home from work.

It was much cleaner when we transitioned to oil and natural gas.

Unfortunately, forest fires are the new norm in the Pacific Northwest. Millions of people around the world have to wear face masks. It’s imperative that we transition even faster to renewable energy and electric vehicles.

The good news is that our state legislature mandated this spring that electric utilities stop burning coal by 2025 and greenhouse gas by 2030.  But 43% of Washington’s carbon emissions come from motor vehicles, and the legislature failed to pass a clean fuels bill.

How do we get politicians and other people to make dealing with the climate emergency as important as getting a “man” on the moon 50 years ago?

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming is a fascinating book that discusses a plethora of ways to slow the atmospheric and marine accumulation of greenhouse gases released by burning fossil fuels.

Some important strides can be seen locally.

King County and Puget Sound Energy, for instance, are using methane produced by garbage buried at the county landfill in Maple Valley to generate electricity.

The Port of Seattle issued an RFP earlier this year to replace Sea-Tac Airport’s boilers and bus fueling system and switch from fossil to renewable natural gas.  RNG or biomethane is produced by the decomposition of organic matter produced by landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and food and animal waste digesters.  The port hopes to award a contract in late 2019 and make Sea-Tac the nation’s first airport heated entirely by renewable natural gas.

The port also intends to power every flight fueled at Sea-Tac with at least a 10% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2028.  Blended biofuels are virtually identical to the Jet A-1 fuel currently in use and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 50-80% compared to fossil fuel.  SAF is made from renewable sources such as used cooking oil, animal tallow, wood waste, algae, oilseeds, and municipal solid waste

Biodiesel is another transportation biofuel. Any truck, bus, or tractor that currently uses fossil diesel fuel can use biodiesel instead.  It’s made from vegetable oils, grease, and animal fats.  The Grays Harbor Biodiesel Plant in Hoquiam is the largest biodiesel production facility in the United States.  The majority of its oil comes from canola and soybean oil grown in Washington and Canada.

We have a long, long way to go if we want our grandchildren to be able to inherit our planet. But inch-by-inch, our 50-year goal must be to help heal the damage we’ve inflicted on it and make our sacred earth more sustainable again.