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.

Please join us at an upcoming service! You will find:

  • A vibrant and caring community
  • Connection to our accepting congregants
  • Services that are intellectually and spiritually grounded
  • A vital religious education program which helps our children develop their spiritual curiosity, love, and purpose in the wider world.

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: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM,  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. 

    During our 10:30 AM service, children ages 0-9 to participate in quality Religious Education activities that teach UU values. Youth ages 10+ participate in the entire Sunday service and attend our Heartbeats intercultural youth group on Wednesday nights. All are welcome!


  • The Art of Deep Listening (In the Mindfulness Series)

    Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
    Speaker: Rev. Karen Van Fossan

    Deep listening is a practice of presence, letting go of control and judgment, as we cultivate compassion. What can happen when we listen deeply to the ones we love, the ones we don’t like so much, and even ourselves? Our minister, Karen Van Fossan, invites us to consider deep listening as a pathway to compassion – and therefore justice.

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    Local UU Events

  • Water Protector Solidarity Supper & Potluck

    Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 6 PM 

    Join us for a time of sharing, healing, and connecting. Many hearings and trials continue this summer, including Rattler's sentencing hearing on Thurs. Sept. 27th.  Please bring a side, salad, or dessert to share if you can. If you can't, come anyway. Children are welcome! 

    This event is co-sponsored by the Water Protector Legal Collective and Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation.


  • Board of Trustees Meeting

    There is a Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 28 at 5 PM. Thank you!


  • What's in a Name? UU Community Conversations
    The name "Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship & Church" has served us well for many years. There is important history in each of the words in our seven-word name. Even so, as we grow in commitment and membership, it can be challenging to express who we are with such a long name.

    Some UUs have suggested changing "Fellowship & Church" to "Congregation." Some have suggested letting go of "Church" or letting go of "Fellowship." Others have even suggested that "Bismarck-Mandan" could be replaced with words like "Missouri River," "Northern Plains," or "Peace."

    What name, what words, would adequately express who we are for you -- for all of us? Please join us for a series of conversations about what our name could be and the values it could embody. Come to one conversation, or come to all!

    Sunday, September 23
    Sunday, October 28
    Sunday, November 18
    Sunday, December 9

    On September 23, we will begin the conversation as part of our quarterly meeting. On December 9, we hope to complete the conversation by voting on the name at our annual meeting. Each conversation with be held at 11:45 AM, between the services. For info, contact our minister, Karen Van Fossan, at minister@bismanuu.org or 701.223.6788.
  • Social Action Working Group
    Wednesday, October 17 (3rd Wed)
    5:15 PM

    Our Social Action Working Group provides leadership for the congregation and larger community on social justice initiatives. For many of us, social justice engagement is crucial to our spiritual lives.
    Contact Don Morrison, Social Action Working Group chair, at 701.527.0060 if you'd like more info. All are welcome.
  • Children's Religious Education Gets a Home-Grown Upgrade!
    This year, we have put together a creative, new approach that supports not only quality education for our young ones -- but also the enjoyment and support of our teachers and mentors.
    This year, we intend to craft 30-minute lessons based on topics the rest of the congregation will be considering during the Sunday services. For instance, on Sunday, October 7, the service topic is Random Acts of Kindness. In children's Religious Education (RE), the young ones will consider what kindness means and will practice their own random acts of kindness during and immediately following RE.
    We believe this approach will draw on the strengths and gifts of a wide range of current and potential teachers.
    The next Parents/Teachers/Mentors meeting:
    Wednesday, October 24 @ 5:30 PM
    2000 E. Capitol Ave. in Bismarck
    Many thanks to Susan Lyon for hosting!
    Light refreshments will be served.
  • Little Free Pantry

    Donations of non-perishable items are needed and greatly appreciated! Please drop off food supplies at Sunday services, by the front door of the UU during the week, or directly in the Pantry anytime. Thank you!

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    Local Community Events

  • Mission of Mercy FREE Dental Event

    Sept. 28-29, 2018
    Bismarck Event Center

    The North Dakota Dental Association and the North Dakota Dental Foundation are excited to provide free dental care at this special community event. Doors will open at 5:30 AM.

    Adults and children of all ages who are in reasonably good health and
    qualify will be welcome until treatment capacity is reached each day.
    Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or
    guardian. There will be no photo identification, social security number
    or any other personal documentation required. There is no advanced
    registration and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served
    basis each day.

    As part of this event, SPRC will be providing FREE dental kits to
    American Indian youth!

  • American Indian Free Art Classes 2018

    NATIVE ARTISTS UNITED (NAU) and the Sacred Pipe Resource Center will be providing a series of American Indian Art classes in the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019. The following classes will be provided FREE of charge, thanks to the generosity of the First Nations Development Institute. (See a complete list of classes by clicking on the picture)

    Classes are open to youth and adults ages 12 and up. You must commit to attending all of the days in the class to finish the project. All classes will be held from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Will-Moore School, Room 107, 400 E. Avenue E.

    You must be registered to attend. Please register for classes at www.sacredpipe.net. For questions or more information, e-mail Native@sacredpipe.net or call Cheryl at 701.426.1315.

  • Bismarck Native Rocks!

    Saturday, Sept. 29  at 11:00 AM
    Art from the Heart Studio
    311 N. Mandan St., Suite 4

    Bismarck Native Rocks! is an initiative from the Native Artists United (NAU) local artists cooperative to bring Native culture and perspective to the Bismarck Rocks fun!

    Did you know that Native peoples recognize rocks as a relative? And they play an integral role in our stories, including our origin stories? This event will teach participants about the role of rocks in Native culture as they paint their own rocks – utilizing Native symbols and markings – to share with the Bismarck-Mandan community! This event is open to all Native and non-Native youth and young-at-heart. All materials are provided.

    For questions or more information, please contact the Sacred Pipe Resource Center at native@sacredpipe.net, 663.3886 or 426.1315. Please REGISTER for this event by going to www.sacredpipe.net by Wednesday, Sept. 26.


  • North Dakota LGBTQ Summit: United Across ND

    Join Dakota Outright, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, Red River Rainbow Seniors, the Pride Collective, the Equality Federation, and NCLR for the first North Dakota LGBTQ+ Summit.

    United across North Dakota, the Summit will engage education to promote unity between all LGGBTQ organizations around the state in advocacy and action.

    The Summit will be spread across three days: Friday, October 5 - 5:30 opening reception; Saturday, October 6 - all day sessions closing with dinner; and Sunday, October 7 - Closing at 2 p.m.

    The Summit will take place at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan, ND - For reservations: (701) 663-7401 / (800) 597-7327; special rates of $91/night apply until September 21.

    Scholarships are available. If your attendance is dependent on travel or hotel money, please contact Barry Nelson at (701) 388-6156 or bnelson371@cableone.net.

    Registration for this event can be found here: North Dakota LGBTQ+ Summit. Additional Summit information will be emailed to you after registering for the conference.

  • CROP Walk 2018

    October 14, 2018 at 1:30 PM
    Capitol Steps

    Do you love to walk in the crisp Autumn air? Mark your calendar and join the CROP Walk for Hunger on October 14th. Walk to represent the millions of families around the globe who are forced to walk several miles on a daily basis to obtain food and drinkable water!

    CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and you can help to overcome poverty by walking or sponsoring a walker today. Money raised at the Bismarck/Mandan CROP Hunger walk benefits programs and people around the globe and here in the United States.

    The Bismarck/Mandan CROP Hunger Walk also benefits local agencies such as the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, the Abused Adult Resource Center, AID, Inc., and the Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry -- since 25% of the money raised at our CROP Walk goes directly to these agencies. Contact Allison Germolus at 701.400.0053 to get involved.


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    Special Announcements

  • What is Your Prayer for Sacred Waters?

    Take a moment to reflect on how the upwelling of Indigenous-led and community-led movements to protect sacred waters has made an impact on your own perspective and relationship to water. 

    Please write a prayer or meditation, light a candle, and/or perform a ritual prayer for water protectors and the ongoing struggle to protect and restore sacred waters. 

    As you are willing and able given the context and nature of your prayer, please share words, photos, or stories with UU Ministry for Earth.

    Share Your Prayer

  • Our UU Congregation Receives Pickett Award!

    Congratulations, Bismarck-Mandan UU Congregation!

    Our congregation has received a great honor, having been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the O. Eugene Pickett Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association. This award, given annually to a small congregation, recognizes our ongoing solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors, during the height of the local movement and after the cameras have left. This award came with a gift of $600, which will help cover expenses of the ongoing Water Protector Solidarity Suppers. We do what we do because of our convictions and faith, not with the hope of public recognition. Still, it’s encouraging to know our larger tradition is with us in such a tangibly supportive way.

    If you'd like more information about the Water Protector movement or the Award, please contact our minister, Karen Van Fossan, at 701.223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org.

  • UU General Assembly Affirms Solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors

    We are honored to announce that UUs from many nations have affirmed solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors, through passage of an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) at this year's General Assembly.

    This AIW honors the Indigenous-led Water Protector movement at Standing Rock & Oceti Sakowin Camp as a prayerful example of resistance to the general crisis of the earth, as well as of the rights of Indigenous peoples to control their own destiny. It calls on UUs to engage in continued education, reflection, and solidarity, especially considering the human rights violations of Indigenous Water Protectors who now face federal imprisonment.

  September 2018  

Upcoming Events



Board of Trustees Meeting
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Bismarck Native Rocks!
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM


The Art of Deep Listening
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
The Art of Deep Listening
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
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