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
Map  •   Directions
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.

    Religious Education (RE) for children is offered during the 10:30 AM service. This year, youth (tweens and teens) are taking an active role in the services and are invited to participate in our Heartbeats youth group. Details below!

  • Earth Day Celebration

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

    Presenters: UU Children and Youth;
    Director: Rev. Karen Van Fossan

    The seventh generation has arrived. Hear the voices – and honor the talents – of our children and youth as they lead us into a more sustainable, more livable future.


  • Spiritual Implications of Social Ministry

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

    Speaker: Danny Sheehan

    What are the similarities – and dissimilarities – between the UU and Jesuit commitments to social justice? What is our call in the face of structural injustices, as people of faith and conviction? Danny Sheehan, former chief counsel for the Jesuit Order, now serves as chief counsel for the Lakota People's Law Project. His lawsuits include Watergate, the Pentagon Papers, and the killing of Karen Silkwood. In 1973-74, he served as amicus counsel to the ACLU regarding the occupation of Wounded Knee. He draws on decades of experience of justice-making as a practice of faith.

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    Local UU Events

  • Heartbeats April 2018

    Our intercultural teen/tween program, Heartbeats, will meet for three Wednesdays this month from 5:30 to 8:00 PM and two Sundays. All teens and tweens are welcome!

    Wednesday Apr. 25: Game night

    Sunday, Apr. 22: Youth-led Earth Day Services. 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM

    Sunday, Apr. 29: Community Raku clay firing. Carpool at 1:45 PM

    Learn about world traditions. Experience diversity and unity. Connect, build relationships, EAT, and have fun!

    For info, contact our minister, Karen Van Fossan, at minister@bismanuu.org or 701.223.6788.


  • UU Community Art Tree

    Roll up your sleeves and choose your favorite color! All are invited to add a hand print—and more—to our UU Art Tree. Visit the Chalice Children classroom to add your art before the unveiling on Homecoming Day, April 21!

  • UU Homecoming

    Saturday, April 21, at 5:30 - 9:30 PM


    Celebrate 65 years of UU community in Bismarck-Mandan! We'll eat together (please bring a dish to share). We'll roast marshmallows on an outdoor fire pit. We'll enjoy kids' games and activities. And we'll dance into the evening with professional DJ, Angela Harmon. Above all, we'll enjoy conversation and good company among friends, old and new. All are welcome!



  • Board of Trustees Meeting

    There is a Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 PM. Thank you!


  • UU Parents/Mentors/Teachers Meeting Schedule
    Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, May 20.

    Meetings have all been scheduled for Sundays, between services from 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM.
    Please mark your calendars, so you can join us at these check-in meetings throughout the year:
    May 20
  • 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!


  • Caring Team and Pastoral Care

    Our Caring Team is a growing and active service for our UU community and beyond. If you need a ride, an in-home visit, a warm thought or prayer, please reach out to Karen Van Fossan, our minister, and she will be honored to put you in touch with one of the 10+ members of our (very) Caring Team.

    Of course, you are always welcome to reach out to Karen VF directly for any pastoral care concerns or joys as well at 701.223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org.

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    Local Community Events

  • Seven Generations Wellness Walk

    Sunday, April 29, 2018
    1 PM - 3 PM
    Sertoma Park, Meet at Shelter #7

    Diabesity (Diabetes and obesity) is the leading cause of death amount American Indian people. The traditional Native lifestyle was based on active movement and the concept of balance. Reclaim these important Native traditions in this fun family event!

    Join in the relay walk in teams of three:
    1 Elder (55+), 1 Adult (17+), and 1 Youth (0+)
    There is NO COST or registration fee to participate. Water and health snacks will be provided. Register by emailing native@sacredpipe.net with the reference line "WALK" and providing the names and t-shirt sizes of your three team members.

  • Cultural Dinner & Silent Auction: The Taste of Afghanistan

    Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6 PM
    United Church of Christ
    1200 E. Highland Acres Rd.
    Bismarck, ND 58501

    In partnership with Lutheran Social Services, Refugees Giving Back presents an evening of good food and cultural appreciation. Join us to enjoy of menu of Kabuli Palau rice, chicken or vegetarian korma, and firni milk-based dessert.

    Tickets are just $25 per person, available until 4.27.18 at https://afghandinner.ticketspice.com/afghan-dinner and the proceeds will go to Charles Hall Youth Services and Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.


  • Interfaith Mother's Day Event

    Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM to 4 PM
    Universal Playground in Mandan

    All are welcome to attend this Mother's Day event sponsored by Bismarck Interfaith. There will be crafts for kids, face painting, and stilt walking!
    For more information, contact hvanorny@gmail.com


  • 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

  • Reclaim: A Black Lives of UU Revival

    April 27-29
    All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
    4501 Walnut St.
    Kansas City, MO 64111

    This event is an opportunity for Black UUs in the MidAmerica Region to come together and explore how Black Heritage is intertwined with the principles and ideals of Unitarian Universalism.

    If you’re white or a non-black person of color in our faith, please share this registration opportunity with Black UUs and other Black folks in your communities who would value coming together for this special event. Individuals and churches are encouraged to sponsor attendees, by covering their travel and housing accommodations directly, or through the BLUU website. Your support will help in bringing this sacred black space into being, by aiding an attendee to bring their whole self to this revival.

    Any questions you may have can be directed to BLUU Staff through email at Revival Coordinator marcus@blacklivesuu.com or BLUU Community Minister mykal@blacklivesuu.com.

    Register now at blacklivesuu.com/revival!


  • Camp Unistar: Still Time to Register!

    Camp Unistar confirmation letters are in the mail. They still have openings in the following weeks:

    June 9-16: Helping Hand
    June 30-July 7: Right of Passage - Immigration Then and Now
    August 25-September 1: UUs and Public Policy

    Check out the updated website for program and registration information. There are also multiple volunteer opportunities available!


  • UUA General Assembly 2018

    General Assembly 2018
    June 20-24, Kansas City, MO

    General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. For more information, visit https://www.uua.org/ga.



  April 2018  

Upcoming Events



UU Homecoming
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM


Earth Day Celebration
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Heartbeats April 2018
10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Earth Day Celebration
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM


Heartbeats April 2018
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


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




Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM


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


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