• We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • We believe in justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • We believe in acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • We believe in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • We believe in the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • We believe in the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • We believe in respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

Thank you for visiting the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation website!  We are a fellowship of free minds, welcoming all--a beacon of enlightenment and sanctuary.  We come from a variety of religious and secular backgrounds, hold a wide range of evolving beliefs, and come together seeking to build a better self, community, and world.

If you are seeking an inspirational religious home, please consider joining us as a guest at an upcoming service. When you visit, you will find:

  • A vibrant and caring community
  • Connection to our dynamic congregants dedicated to acceptance, justice and love
  • Services that are intellectually and spiritually grounded in meaningful purpose
  • A vital religious education program which helps our children develop their spiritual curiosity and awaken their soul to our liberal faith community and wider world with love and purpose

We look forward to your visit!

Contact Us

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

Regular Schedule

  • Sunday Service and Children 's Religious Education
    – 10:30 AM
  • 2nd Sunday Service
    – 12:30 PM


  • Sunday Services Schedule

    Welcome to the Bismarck Mandan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship & Church!
    A Welcoming Congregation

    Church is a place where you get to practice
    what it
    means to be human. ~James Luther Adams

    Two Sunday Services: 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM with fellowship and coffee in between

    Youth RE offered during 10:30 AM service only

    Sunday, March 5, 2017


    Moderator: Cecilia Montesdeoca

    Panelists: Martha Hernandez, Ursula Conrad, Karen Morrison, Milena Stojkovic, Turdukan Tostokova

    The Women's Marches that took place around the world on January 22 were a powerful manifestation of women's power. International Women's Day dates back to the 1900s with roots in the labor movements. Today the holiday continues to address existing inequalities among the genders while recognizing and celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Join us for a panel discussion of the diverse contributions international women in our community have made to help empower other women and bring positive long-term change to North Dakota and beyond.


    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Native Nations Prayerful Solidarity

    Cheryl Kary, enrolled member of Standing Rock and exectuive director of Sacred Pipe Resource Center

    Matt Lone Bear, enrolled member of Three Affiliated Tribes and father of four

    TyRale Spotted Bear, enrolled member of Three Affiliated Tribes and traditional dancer

    People will gather for interfaith prayers and songs at 2 PM on Friday, March 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 818 E. Divide Ave., to support the people of Standing Rock, many of whom are in Washington DC with other Indigenous leaders for the Rise with Standing Rock Native Nations  March. The Bismarck gathering is one of many solidarity events taking place in local communities around the nation and world.


    Sunday, March 12, 2017


    Nicole Dammert and Megan Carranza

    We come from water, we are made of water, we return to water. Doulas--professional birth companions--will share their experiences with birth and the all-encompassing presence of water. This service continues the Water Is Life series.

    Nicole Dammert is a mother, doula, retired veterinarian, and Peruvian living in North Dakota. Megan Carranza--also a mom, daughter--is from North Dakota whose career has involved working with immigrants, Adult Education, veterans, and being a doula.


    Sunday, March 19, 2017


    Karen Van Fossan, minister

    What gives you inspiration? What opens your heart, nourishes your body, and brings presence to your mind? In this exploration of spiritual/inspirational practices across the ages, we will be invited into wholeness, sustenance, and deepening compassion for others and ourselves.

    Karen Van Fossan graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2015, and has been serving as the minister for the Bismarck Mandan UU congregation since August 2015. She is a foster mom, pastoral counselor, writer, and social justice advocate.

    *Ingathering ceremony to be held during both the 10:30 am and 12:30 pm services.


    Sunday, March 26, 2017


    Jim Lennington and Liz Anderson

    As UUs, we hold a belief in 7 Principles and the sentiment that what we do while here on Earth matters. In this popular service format, UU members will share their spiritual journeys and how they live our UU principles. 

    Bis-Man UU member since 1998, Jim Lennington has served on the Board and one term as president. Jim was raised UCC and is the son of a minister. Jim considers himself a North Dakota native and is a civil engineer from NDSU and the University of Minnesota. Jim and his wife, Barb have lived in Bismarck since May of 1988.


    Solidarity with Water Protectors at Standing Rock--Social Action Link


  • Office Hours

    Regular Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00-9:00 am

    Tuesday & Wednesday from 3:30-6:00 pm

  March 2017  

Upcoming Events



Cheyenne River Camp Work Day
9:00 AM
Join our group from Bismarck-Mandan AGAIN this Saturday as we caravan to Cheyenne River Camp (at Standing Rock) to visit friends, pray together, and help out at the NEW Cheyenne River Camp (just south of the former site of Oceti Sakowin on Hwy1806).

What to bring?
Your **lunch,** positive attitude, and inspiration to work and pray together.

What work needs to be done at camp?
Help sort supplies, create accessible spaces, put cots in place, put up structures, and other small jobs as needed.

Where: Meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Bismarck (818 E. Divide Ave.)

When: Saturday, March 25th, 9 AM
(Will return in the afternoon, but please bring your **lunch**)

Who: You and your friends - everyone welcome


Fellowship Hour
11:30 AM to 12:15 AM
Congregational Meeting Planned
11:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Quorum needed! Board will discuss change in by-laws and revised annual budget for 2017. All are invited and encouraged to attend!


April Newsletter Deadline
Please send articles, pictures, and newsletter information to office@bismanuu.org by the deadline


Volunteer at Ruth Meier's Hospitality House
11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Volunteer at Ruth Meiersí
4-5 volunteers are needed to serve noon lunch at Ruth Meiers' Hospitality House every fifth Thursday (of months which have 5 Thursdays) from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM. No clean up is required.


UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Director Jean King can be reached at jking@bis.midco.net.


Solidarity Saturday
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM




6:00 PM
at United Church of Christ (1200 E Highland Acres Rd). Celebrating Diversity: featuring Taize music, prayer, and photographer Lea Black's Human Atlas of Bismarck project. Free-will chili supper at 6 PM with proceeds to benefit the East Timor Education Foundation supported students and teachers in rural SE Asia. Contact Rev. Gretchen Deeg gdeeg@midconetwork.com for questions.


UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Director Jean King can be reached at jking@bis.midco.net.


Fellowship Hour
11:30 AM to 12:15 AM
Global Gallery Gala
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Night of food, wine, live music, and art. Support local non-profit Bismarck Global Neighbors by purchasing tickets to our Global Gallery Walk, April 9 from 7-9 at Co-Studio in downtown Bismarck. Our gallery will be presenting never-before-seen artistic portraits of local immigrants by area photographers. Enjoy food from the Middle East, Africa, and Central America. Live music features traditional djembe drumming, keyboard, and more. You can get your tickets at eventbrite.com
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