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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, April 2, 2017
WATER IS LIFE: WHO DECIDES WHAT'S SACRED?
Clay Jenkinson will talk about the ways in which Native Americans see resource questions differently from non-Indians. The talk will be based on Clay's reading of such books as John Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks, Paul vanDevelder's Coyote Warrior, and Morris Berman's The Re-Enchantment of the World. Clay will attempt to show that as long as the two cultures see basic questions of the human relationship with nature in fundamentally different ways, there will be confusion and conflict in resource questions. In other words, sovereignty is only one of a number of issues at the center of the DAPL controversy. Water issues leave a particularly "bad taste" in the mouths of Native Americans because of the military and economic colonialism of the Pick-Sloan Project that dammed the Missouri River six times between Fort Peck and Yankton, SD, between 1945-1965. This program is part of our Water Is Life series.
Clay Jenkinson is a public humanities scholar who loves North Dakota. He was born in Minot, grew up in Dickinson, lives in Bismarck, and considers the badlands south of Medora as his spiritual home.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
NATURE, COMMUNITY AND RAISING PARENTS & KIDS
Don Morrison and Janis Cheney
UU members Don Morrison and Janis Cheney will share their spiritual journeys and how they live our UU principles alongside stories of family and epiphanies under the open skies.
Don Morrison –member of the Fellowship since 1987—is Executive Director of Dakota Resource Council. He and his wife Karen raised their children Alex and Nicole in the Fellowship.
Janis Cheney attended for the first time in November 1982 and never left. Retired from a varied and occasionally challenging career, Janis’ greatest joy is her family—husband Stephen with whom she raised their daughters Barbara and Johanna –also raised in this Fellowship and best buds with Alex and Nicole.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH & SERVICE
Facilitators: Karen Van Fossan and Jean King
Brunch Coordinator: Carol Jean Larsen
Spring is the season of rebirth. The renewal of life brings joy to our hearts and we are reminded of the ever-turning seasons, and of our own desire to spring anew. Bring family and friends to celebrate the rebirth of light and life on Easter morning. Following the brunch and a free-will offering, there will be seasonal readings and song.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
TOP 10 UU STORIES OF ALL TIME
Karen Van Fossan, minister
Every tradition has stories that shape and sustain. In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, our stories have not been gathered into one distinct text, so telling our stories aloud becomes a must for collective memory. Why do we light a chalice? What is the origin of our seven principles? What is a fellowship compared to a church? Were we the first to ordain women - or not? Our path is not only wide; it is also long. Come enjoy the stories that shape who we are - and who we may yet be.
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.
*Child Dedication Ceremony at both the 10:30 am and 12:30 pm services
Sunday, April 30, 2017
THINKING ABOUT THE INFINITESIMAL IN THE INFINITE
Modern humans have altered, for good or bad, the earth more than any other species. What is the role of modern humans in the infinity of space and time? Larry will explore the quantitative measure of one cohort of modern humans to divine that role.
Larry Skogen is president of Bismarck State College. He is author of works on federal Indian policies and the history of the American West.
Sunday, May 14, 2017--Mother's Day
SHE'S BEEN PERSISTING A LONG TIME
Peter A. Huff
The religious history of the American people is filled with unforgettable and often eccentric figures: brilliant minds, self-taught princes of the pulpit, indefatigable reformers, and solitary dreamers. Inspired and inspirational women—many called Mother by follower and critic alike—have been among the most creative forces in the American religious experience, often fighting against great odds to gain a hearing and offer an alternative vision. On this Mother’s Day, Peter Huff introduces us to his favorite women in the story of American religion.
Peter A. Huff has taught at a number of colleges and universities across the United States. Currently he serves as director of the Center for University Ministry and professor of theology at the University of Mary. The author of four books, he writes on American religious history and dialogue among world religions.
Regular Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00-9:00 am
Tuesday & Wednesday from 3:30-6:00 pm