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: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM,  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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  • Invitation: Ordination of Karen Van Fossan, Saturday, 1.20.18

    Dear Friends and Relatives,

  • 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.

    Religious Education (RE) for children is offered during the 10:30 AM service. This year, youth (tweens and teens) are taking an active role in the services and are invited to participate in our Heartbeats youth group. Details below!

  • Cloud of Witnesses

    Sunday, Jan. 21, at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Rev. Karen Van Fossan
    Facilitators: UU Youth

    Many traditions expect their people to undergo a quest, take a test, or otherwise demonstrate their readiness to serve. In our tradition, ministers must face–and receive a pass from–the UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee, to demonstrate their ability to serve. In December, our minister Rev. Karen Van Fossan, was given the blessing of the Ministerial Fellowship Committee to serve in our tradition and be ordained. She invites you to join us, as she tells the untold stories of the journey and honors her "cloud of witnesses," the people and places that have made this passage possible.

  • This I Believe, This I Do

    Sunday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Colleen Reinke

    As UUs, we affirm Seven Principles, along with the conviction that what we do while here on Earth matters. In this popular service format, UU members will share their spiritual journeys and how they live our UU principles. 

    Colleen has been a member of the congregation for about a decade. She has served on various committees and task forces, and is currently the secretary of the board. Her moving portrayal of Toad in a recent story for all ages is fast becoming legendary, second only to a moving rendition of Sheep in a Jeep. She is currently teasing out the meaning of life in Carson, an hour Southwest of Bismarck.

  • Board of Trustee Meeting
    Board of Trustees Meeting: Tuesday, January 23 @ 7:30 PM. 
    President:  Liz Loos
    Vice President:  Rita Kelly
    Treasurer:  Dennis Lyon
    Secretary:  Colleen Reinke
    Member at Large:  Monte Faul
  • Heartbeats Begins Again!

    By popular demand of teens/tweens, Heartbeats will begin again on Wednesday, January 31 at 5:30 pm. We'll end at 8 pm.

    What will we be doing? you ask. Please join us from 5:30 to 6:30 PM on Wednesday, January 24 to figure it out together. We've drummed, cooked, played games, made art, and had a lock-in. On Wednesday the 24th, teens/tweens and their parents will have a chance to shape this season's activities and priorities. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Olivia Lone Bear Search
    It doesn't seem possible, but Olivia is still missing after over two months of searching. Matt Lone Bear and family welcome our prayers and donations (Paypal at olivialbfund@gmail.com). This month, we will also have the opportunity to help with the Bismarck-based search. More info coming soon. Thank you!
  • Caring Team and Pastoral Care

    Our Caring Team is a growing and active service for our UU community and beyond. If you need a ride, an in-home visit, a warm thought or prayer, please reach out to Karen Van Fossan, our minister, and she will be honored to put you in touch with one of the 10+ members of our (very) Caring Team.

    Of course, you are always welcome to reach out to Karen VF directly for any pastoral care concerns or joys as well at 701.223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org.

  January 2018  

Upcoming Events



Ordination of Karen Van Fossan
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Cloud of Witnesses
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Cloud of Witnesses
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM


Board of Trustees Meeting
7:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Heartbeats Planning Meeting
5:30 PM to 6:30 PM


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


This I Believe, This I Do
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
This I Believe, This I Do
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM




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