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

Announcements

  • 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, January 1 New Year's Day Service

    MOVIE AND MASSAGE

    Movie and Massage! Start the year with a refreshing movie and an invigorating massage. We will gather with popcorn, juice, a warm fire, a movie suited 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 will have only one service at 10:30 AM on January 1. All ages are welcome!

     

    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    COMFORT FOR THE CAREGIVERS

    We have been impacted by the recent events at Standing Rock, sometimes in very different ways. With UU Trauma Response Ministry (UUTRM), we have the opportunity to reflect on the water protector movement, Dakota Access Pipeline, local responses, and impacts on our community. Composed of UU ministers and lay leaders who are trained in trauma response, UUTRM will share information and tools on navigating critical incidents from January 4-8. Our work together will culminate during services on Sunday, in which UUTRM will guide us in reflection on the past and anticipation of the future. This service is part of our ongoing "Water Is Life" series.

    Bret Lortie (on-site lead), Rosemary Bray McNatt, and Leslie Trew are UU minister who have extensive experience in navigating critical incidents with congregations and other groups.

     

    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    THIS I BELIEVE, THIS I DO

    Liz Loos and Dennis Lyon

    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, Liz and Dennis will share their spiritual journeys and how they live our UU principles.

    Liz Loos moved from Louisiana to Bismarck in July of 2013 with her husband Frank and son Gus. She spent 7 years in social work, and with her PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, later worked as Research Director for Delta Waterfowl Foundation and taught at Louisiana State University. Liz now works for Dakota Resource Council. Dennis Lyon has worked as a fry cook at the A&W Drive-In, a sailor, the doorman at Minot’s American Legion Club, a jailor, a prison guard, and then 38 years in human services with the last 15 years as a client advocate for clients of Vocational Rehabilitation. Dennis is married to Susan and they have 2 adult children and one grandson.

     

    Sunday, January 22, 2017

    NONVIOLENT PEACEFORCE AND UNARMED CIVILIAN PROTECTION

    Thiago Wolfer and Martha Hernandez

    Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a global non-profit organization that promotes unarmed civilian protection. Members of NP will illustrate unarmed strategies to protect civilians in the context of armed conflict. They will also share concrete examples and experiences on how these strategies were implemented in the different countries where they have worked. 

    Thiago Wolfer  (Brazilian) and Martha Hernández (Colombian) implement and coordinate programs of protection of civilians in armed conflict within the context of conflict prevention and violence reduction. They have worked with Nonviolent Peaceforce in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, and the Philippines. 

     

    Sunday, January 29, 2017

    WHO WE WERE GOING TO BE: ON SELF-FORGIVENESS

    Karen Van Fossan, minister

    Everyone makes mistakes, but it can be tough to forgive ourselves. Sometimes it's not just our mistakes we have trouble forgiving, but our basic human limitations. How do we let go of who were going to be? How do we extend compassion to ourselves? How do we come home to who we are?

    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.

     

    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

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Upcoming Events

JAN

19

THU
Men's Get-Together
5:30 PM
Blarney Stone, downtown Bismarck
JAN

20

FRI
UU Women's Lunch at BisMan Food Co-op
12:00 PM
2nd floor meeting room at BisMan Food Co-op, 711 Sweet Ave.
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.
JAN

22

SUN
JAN

26

THU
Chalice Children Teacher Meeting
6:00 PM
Meeting at the church
JAN

27

FRI
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.
JAN

28

SAT
Lunch with Betty Mills!
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Attention, Seekers! Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 12:00--2:00 PM "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Unitarian-Universalism but Were Afraid to Ask" Light lunch with Betty Mills. Are you curious to learn more about Unitarian Universalism? Have you ever wondered how this small but mighty congregation came to be? Do you think the Bismarck-Mandan UU might be the home for you? Join with other seekers in a conversation with Betty Mills, Janis Cheney, and Karen Van Fossan about UU history, values, and traditions. This is FREE. Childcare available. RSVP to office@bismanuu.org or 701.223.6788.
JAN

29

SUN
FEB

03

FRI
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.
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