The people of Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation are a diverse group, dedicated to community, love, and purpose, committed to transforming ourselves and changing the world.

Please join us at an upcoming service! You will find:

  • A vibrant and caring community
  • Connection to our accepting congregants
  • Services that are intellectually and spiritually grounded
  • A vital religious education program which helps our children develop their spiritual curiosity, love, and purpose in the wider world.

We look forward to your visit!

Contact Us

Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation
818 E. Divide Avenue
Mail: P.O. Box 297
Bismarck, North Dakota 58502
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Phone 701-223-6788

Regular Schedule

Office Hours
  • Receptionist Hours: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM,  Monday - Friday

    Minister hours: Karen Van Fossan is in everyday except Mondays. Stop in or call first, just in case she's in a meeting.

  • 1st Service
    – 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
  • Treats, Coffee and Conversation
    – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • 2nd Service
    – 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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    Sunday Services

    We offer two Sunday Services: 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM with time to visit and have snacks in between. See below for details on upcoming service. 

    During the summer months, we share UU values through play rather than classroom activities. All children from birth through age 9 (or so) are invited to enjoy playtime during the 10:30 AM service. Youth (tweens and teens) are taking an active role in the services and are invited to participate in our Heartbeats youth group.


  • Indigenous Liberation for Generations

    Sunday, July 15 at 10:30 AM. Summertime Picnic at the UU at 11:45 AM

    Speaker: Leola Cowboy

    Leola comes from a family that has been active in Indigenous liberation for generations. When she arrived at Standing Rock in 2016, she came with a sense of commitment, but she could not have predicted what that commitment would ask of her and her family. Please join us in this respectful conversation about Leola’s experiences as the wife of a Water Protector who has gone to federal prison, as well as her deepened commitment to Indigenous liberation for generations to come.


  • Co-op Fever Today

    Sunday, July 22 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Bill Patrie

    The former economic development director for North Dakota, Bill Patrie considers the dramatic differences between a cooperative and a competitive economy. He focuses on the underlying values that makes sustainable local economies and, using UU principles, warns of the idolatries of the worship of wealth. Bill is an expert on human cooperation and a catalyst for the phenomenon known as "Co-op Fever," which was the Associated Press story of the year in 1995.


  • Growing Our Third Principle

    Sunday, July 29 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speakers: Janis Cheney and Friends

    As part of this popular series on our 7 UU principles and values, we will deepen our understanding of our 3rd principle, which affirms our acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. What might true acceptance look like? How is spiritual growth unique to each person’s experience – and also rooted in community and place?


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    Special Announcements

  • UU General Assembly Affirms Solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors

    We are honored to announce that UUs from many nations have affirmed solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors, through passage of an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) at this year's General Assembly.

    This AIW honors the Indigenous-led Water Protector movement at Standing Rock & Oceti Sakowin Camp as a prayerful example of resistance to the general crisis of the earth, as well as of the rights of Indigenous peoples to control their own destiny. It calls on UUs to engage in continued education, reflection, and solidarity, especially considering the human rights violations of Indigenous Water Protectors who now face federal imprisonment.

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    Local UU Events

  • Little Free Pantry

    Donations of non-perishable items are needed and greatly appreciated! Please drop off food supplies at Sunday services, by the front door of the UU during the week, or directly in the Pantry anytime. Thank you!

  • Olivia Lone Bear Vehicle Search
    At the invitation of Matt Lone Bear and family, we are conducting a Mandan-based search for the vehicle associated with Olivia’s disappearance. Contact Karen Van Fossan at 701.223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org. Thank you!


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    Local Community Events

  • StoryCorps is Coming to Bismarck

    When: June 28th-July 27th
    Location : North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum

    612 E Boulevard Avenue
    Bismarck, ND 58505

    The StoryCorps Mobile Tour, in partnership with Prairie Public, will be recording June 28th-July 27th and appointments are available NOW. Book today using this link or by calling 1.800.850.4406. They want to hear YOUR story.

    StoryCorps participants are invited to record in the language of their choice and about the topics that matter most to them. Check out this list of StoryCorps Great Questions to give you a sense of some of the topics folks like to discuss in the booth, as well as this step-by-step guide to the interview process.

    Help us spread the word. We encourage you to share this invitation with community organizations in Jackson and the surrounding areas who are committed to diversity and can help engage the Latino/Hispanic, African American, Asian, Native American, immigrant, Muslim, LGBTQ, military, and all diverse communities.

    Please reach out if you have any questions! Chelsea Aguilera can be reached at 347.677.3874 or caguilera@storycorps.org.


  • Ask a Native American

    Saturday, Aug. 11
    North Dakota Heritage Center

    The concept is simple: Get eight people from a group that’s in the news and set up conversations with eight people who want to know more about that group. It’s like speed dating. Ask your questions in one-to-one conversations, then have a group discussion and continue the conversations over a meal.

    Sign up to be an Asker or an Answerer at prairiepublic.org


  • Community Garden Volunteers

    The community garden at LSS (Lutheran Social Services) is an interfaith, international, inter-cultural spot here in Bismarck, dedicated to good food and good community! If you're curious and would like info about getting involved with the garden this year, please contact Hamida Dakane at hamidad@lssnd.org or Karen Van Fossan at minister@bismanuu.org or 701.223.6788.


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    UU Events at Large

  July 2018  

Upcoming Events



Co-op Fever Today
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Co-op Fever Today
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM


UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Growing Our Third Principle
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Growing Our Third Principle
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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