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:
We look forward to your visit!
If you've been following the news, you are aware of The Sacred Stone Camp near Standing Rock. A group of citizens led by Native Americans is protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which is routed to cross the Missouri River just north of Standing Rock Reservation. All pipelines eventually leak as they age! Hundreds of people are coming from all over the country to express their concerns with the pipeline. They need to be fed. Our UU Church is a drop-off site for donations for the Sacred Stone Camp, a list of needed supplies can be found at www.sacredstonecamp.org. We are still collecting donations of food, water and supplies at the church. A bin is located outside of the front door at 818 E. Divide Ave. Thanks for all your contributions and support!!
Regular Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
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
Sunday, August 7
THIS I BELIEVE; THIS I DO
Karen Van Fossan, Minister
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, Karen will share her spiritual journey and how she lives our UU principles.
A long-time member of our congregation, Karen Van Fossan began serving as our minister last fall. She also serves the larger community as a pastoral counselor and advocate for the prevention of child abuse.
Sunday, August 14
DIFFERENT CULTURES UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Janelle Masters, Dean Conrad, Mike Knudson, Steve Crane, and Ursula Conrad
Members of our congregation who are Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will discuss life lessons they learned from living and working in another culture. Janelle Masters served in Thailand, Dean Conrad in Brazil, Mike Knudson in Morocco, Steve Crane in Nepal, and Ursula Conrad in Nepal.
Sunday, August 21
*CROSS RANCH SERVICE*
Karen Van Fossan, Minister
Join us for an inter-generational, camp-out service honoring our companions on life’s journey.
*Please note that the August 21 Sunday service will be at Cross Ranch State Park. State Park fee is $5 per vehicle. All are welcome!
Sunday, August 28
SUICIDE NON-ATTEMPTER: THIRD KIND OF SURVIVOR
It is a common belief that there are two kinds of suicide survivors: the person who attempts and does not complete and the people who are affected by a friend/acquaintance/loved one who commits suicide. I agree. But I also know there is another type of survivor. That would be the person who has lived with suicidal ideation and who has even gotten so far as to have a plan but who has never attempted. What is our understanding of this person? How do we reach out to those who fall under this category? How are we able to support that person?
Ronya Hoblit is the newly minted, as of August 1, Training Coordinator/Office Manager for the Native American Training Institute. Ronya is a member of the Bismarck-Mandan UU congregation for longer than she thinks. She will say since 2010 but it was before then.
~Summer Programs 2016 Reminder~
Please note that UU services will resume on Sundays all summer at 10:30 am (same time). We will continue with the same format, including story for all ages. There will be no formal children's religious education until after Labor Day; however, child care (nursery) and children's activity bags will be available each Sunday during the summer.