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
  • Office admin hours: 8 am - 11 am Mon, Wed, Fri

    Minister hours: Karen Van Fossan is in everyday except Mondays. Stop in or call first to be sure she's not 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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  • DRC/Wellstone Action Events

    Wellstone Action is the top national training and leadership development organization for the progressive movement. Join us for a full day workshop to learn about the issues you care about.



  • Sunday Services

    We offer two Sunday Services: 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM with fellowship and coffee in between. See below for details on upcoming service.

    Religious Education (RE) for children and youth is offered during the 10:30 AM service from September to May. While there is no RE during summer months, childcare and children's activities are available.

  • Why We Love to Be UUs (and All the Newest News from UU General Assembly)

    Date: August 20, 2017
    Time: 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM

    Speakers/Facilitators: Ronya Hoblit, Liz Loos, Liz Anderson, Karen Van Fossan

    Music Director: Elicia Faul

    This uplifting service will be an opportunity to hear the newest news from UUs around the world -- and from this year's General Assembly (the annual gathering of thousands of UUs). We will share the emerging, multi-cultural spirit of Unitarian Universalism, respectfully discuss a range of ideas for revising our beloved 7 Principles, and even learn a new song or two. Come catch the spirit our local folks caught at General Assembly this year!

    Ronya Hoblit is training director for the Native American Training Institute, Liz Loos and Liz Anderson are organizers for Dakota Resource Council, and Karen Van Fossan is our minister

  • Sixth Annual Sonali Seth Kite Festival
  • UU Men's Get-Together

    August 17, 5:30 PM at the Walrus. Call/Text Ken Grigsby for questions at 400-0381. All men are welcome!

  • UU Women's Lunch

    August 18, 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!

  • Gail Forsyth-Vail visit

    Many thanks to Gail Forsyth-Vail for her surprise visit this week -- and her words of support! Gail is a UU author, award-winning religious educator, and a big fan of our congregation.

  • United Tribes International Powwow, September 8-10, 2017
  • 65th Anniversary Dinner

    65th Anniversary Dinner with Chefs Aruna and Vinod Seth! Friday, September 29, at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm. Save the date. Details coming soon!

  • Support Immigrant Youth
    Support Immigrant Youth with 3 Quick Calls: 
    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has allowed young people to pursue their dreams, live without fear of deportation from their home country (the US), and invest in our shared future.
    Out of concern that DACA is under threat of repeal, our congregation has joined hundreds of other faith communities in signing a letter entitled, "Stand with Immigrant Youth," sponsored by Church World Service. If DACA were repealed, nearly 800,000 dreamers would be at immediate risk of deportation, many of them to countries of origin where they have never been.
    Our Board of Trustees and minister invite you to call our senators and representative today. 
    Senator Heidi Heitkamp 701.258.4648
    Senator John Hoeven 701.250.4618
    Representative Kevin Cramer 701.224.0355

    Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I ask you to do everything in your power to urge the administration to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program intact. My community welcomes refugees and immigrants, and I urge you to reflect the best of our values of compassion and welcome.

    Thank you for all the ways you support immigrant and refugee youth and families!
    Karen Van Fossan, M.Div.
    Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship & Church
  • Do you have an announcement to share?

    If you would like to add a calendar item or announcement to the church website, please email your friendly Office Administrator Karen Larrivee at office@bismanuu.org.  THANK YOU!

  • 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

  • Send us your photos!

    As we update our website and Facebook pages, we'd love to add your church-related pictures. Please send them to office@bismanuu.org. Thank you!

  • Ceiling Fans

    Due to the efforts of Jim Lennington and Kim Hocking, we are blessed with two very needed.ceiling fans. Thank you for all your hard work!

  • Little Food Pantry in the News

    Many thanks to KX news for telling the story of the Little Food Pantries (watch the video segment or read the transcript), to Aruna Seth for getting ours in place, and to all who have used and donated to our Little Food Pantry so far.  Our UU congregation has the newest little pantry in town.

    If you are in need, take what you need, if you have something to share, share. Our Little Pantry is in Memory of Sonali Seth. For more info, contact Karen Van Fossan, minister, at minister@bismanuu.org

  • Hidden Assumptions/Presumptions of American Indian Law (in the Water is Life Series)

    Date: August 27, 2017
    Time: 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Tom Disselhorst

    Facilitator: Ronya Hoblit

    What are the three most important things North Dakotans need to know about the history of US relations with Native nations? How do these things play out, sometimes unexpectedly, in 2017? As part of the Water Is Life series, this service will be an opportunity to deepen our spiritual and practical commitments to racial justice in our time.

    Tom Disselhorst is an attorney, historian, musician, peace and justice advocate, and longtime member of our congregation

  August 2017  

Upcoming Events







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


1st Sunday Service
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
2nd Sunday Service
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM




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




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