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. We come from a variety of backgrounds, hold a wide range of beliefs, and come together to build a better self, community, and world.

If you are seeking an inspirational home, please join 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
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: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM,  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!

  • Winter Holiday Variety Show with UU Youth and Children

    Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Presenters/Performers: UU Youth and Children
    Director: Karen Van Fossan
    Music Leader: Andrea Ficek Falcon
    Children and youth are at the heart of our UU community, and this is their chance to shine! From music to art to theatrical performance, this service will celebrate the cycles of the year, as we approach the longest night of the year. Join us for good cheer -- and maybe a surprise or two.
  • Winter Taize Service
    Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
    Facilitators: UU Choir
    Music Leader: Andrea Ficek Falcon
    All are invited to join this popular, meditative service experience. Taizé style services come from the ecumenical monastic community in Taizé, France. A Taizé style service typically has periods of singing, meditations/prayers, readings, and silence. There are no sermons, and the intention is to develop a meditative rhythm within the collective space, removing the barriers of the world in much the same way as a mantra or a meditative walk along the river.
  • Christmas Eve Service
    Sunday, December 24, at 7 PM
    Facilitators: Karen Van Fossan and Karen Larrivee
    Music Leader: Elicia Faul
    All are welcome to join us for an evening of Christmas songs, holiday sharing, a warm fire, and hot apple cider. Feel free to bring family, friends, a memory, a snack, or just yourself. All ages are welcome!
  • Movie and Massage
    Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
    Back by popular demand! Start the year with a refreshing movie and an invigorating massage. We will gather with popcorn, juice, a warm fire, a movie for ALL ages, and brief massage for those who wish. Special thanks to Elicia Faul, licensed massage therapist. (Free will donations to Elicia would be gratefully accepted. Movie TBA.) We've gotten some great requests for movies to watch together. Feel free to bring your favorite DVD, and we can decide together what to enjoy. All ages are welcome!
  • Heartbeats Youth Lock In: Friday, December 15 at 5:30 PM through Saturday, December 16 at 10:00 AM

    All teens and tweens are invited to participate in this positive peer experience! Heartbeats is an inter-cultural youth group that began meeting in November, thanks to collaborations amouing Sacred Pipe Resource Center, Bismarck Global Neighbors, and our UU. Activities will include drumming, games, movies, and of course, FOOD. For info, contact Karen Van Fossan, minister, at 701.223.6788.

  • Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Suffering in Libya and the World, December 16 a 4:00 PM
    The Vigil, which the UU is co-hosting, will begin at 4 PM and continue with speakers, song, and prayers until 4:30 PM. All are welcome to stay for further conversation, connection, and treats following the Vigil. Located at the Bismarck United Church of Christ, 1200 E. Highland Acres Rd., Bismarck.
  • Bobbie Crane, Communications Coordinator
    As of Dec. 3, Bobbie Crane will be handling written communications such as e-blasts, Sunday Service scripts for facilitators, Sunday bulletins (and inserts), the weekly service information for the Tribune, our website and Facebook.  She will also update and oversee the church data base/mailing lists; therefore, if you have phone number or address changes, please let Bobbie know.
    Her church email is communications@bismanuu.org
  • Heartbeats Teen/Tween Program

     This month, we've drummed, cooked, and learned about many cultures in our community. For info, contact Karen Van Fossan, minister, at 223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org. Thank you!  See the calendar for details. All teens and tweens are welcome!

  • Happy Holiday and Xmas Cards

    We have a variety of cards available for give-away on the counter in the foyer by the front door. Please feel free to look through them and take what catches your eye!

    Thank you to  Pat and Dean Conrad, and Betty Mills for their efforts in making this happen.

  • Handiwork and Odd Jobs

    Do you need handiwork, snow shoveling, or odd jobs done? John, a water protector and friend of the congregation, is happy to help for a reasonable fee. Please call 701.391.2433 for info. 

  • Missing


    Urgent. Have you seen Olivia Lone Bear? Please help spread the word.

  • Caring Team

    Our new Caring Team is growing and has been serving our UU community and beyond for the past 3 months. 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 a minister's attention toward any caring needs as well, at 701.223.6788 or  http://minister@bismanuu.org

  • Heartbeats Youth Program

    Drums, Music, Art, Food. Wednesday night youth programs began on November 1, and will culminate in a lock-in on Friday, December 15. Collaborators in this intercultural program are the Bisman UU, Bismarck Global Neighbors, and Sacred Pipe Resource Center. Check out the calendar for details!

  • UU parents/mentors/teachers meeting schedule
    Please mark your calendars, so you can join us at these check-in meetings throughout the year:
    December -- no meeting
    January 7
    February 25
    March -- no meeting
    April 15
    May 20
    Meetings have all been scheduled for Sundays, between services from 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM.
  • Coffee Hour Conversations with Lisa Presley

    Once a month you can drop by (virtually, of course) and chat with Lisa and others about what is happening in your congregations. We will share and learn from and with each other. Stop by at the beginning, drop by in the middle, stay until the end, or whatever works. The sessions will run from 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM. Dates are listed below.

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Monday, February 19

    Wednesday, March 14

    No need to preregister, just join us at: https://zoom.us/j/2485145458, or on phone only at 1 (646) 558-8656, meeting room number 1 (248) 514-5458.


  • UU Women's Lunch

    December 21, 12:00 PM at the Bisman Food Co-op. Meeting room on the second floor is reserved. Contact CJ Larsen for questions at 516-7848. All women are welcome!

  • UU Children and Youth

    In the Spirit Play group, ages birth through about 4, we focus on play and model UU values. Youth and elders take an active role in mentoring and playing with the children.

    In the Chalice Children group, ages 5 through about 9, we are learning about world religious through a new curriculum, "Holidays and Holy Days." Chalice Children also serve as chalice lighters and ushers during our Sunday services.

    The Tweens and Teens group takes an active role in Sunday services -- as readers, ushers, storytellers, and musicians -- and mentors younger children in their classes. The Wednesday night youth program, "Heartbeats," will begin on November 1, culminating in a lock-in on Friday, December 15. This intercultural program is offered in collaboration with Bismarck Global Neighbors and Sacred Pipe Resource Center. Details soon!

  • UU Choir/Band

    Do you like to sing, play an instrument, spend quality time with spirited people? Join us for choir practice on Friday's at 5:00 PM. Contact Andrea Ficek Falcon, music director, at 701.391.0901 for info - or next week's song list!

  • Pastoral Care

    If you have any pastoral care concerns or joys, please contact our minister, Karen Van Fossan, at (701) 223-6788 or minister@bismanuu.org

  December 2017  

Upcoming Events







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


Winter Taize Service
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Winter Taize Service
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM






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