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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, March 5, 2017
WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Moderator: Cecilia Montesdeoca
Panelists: Martha Hernandez, Ursula Conrad, Karen Morrison, Milena Stojkovic, Turdukan Tostokova
The Women's Marches that took place around the world on January 22 were a powerful manifestation of women's power. International Women's Day dates back to the 1900s with roots in the labor movements. Today the holiday continues to address existing inequalities among the genders while recognizing and celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Join us for a panel discussion of the diverse contributions international women in our community have made to help empower other women and bring positive long-term change to North Dakota and beyond.
Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Native Nations Prayerful Solidarity
Cheryl Kary, enrolled member of Standing Rock and exectuive director of Sacred Pipe Resource Center
Matt Lone Bear, enrolled member of Three Affiliated Tribes and father of four
TyRale Spotted Bear, enrolled member of Three Affiliated Tribes and traditional dancer
People will gather for interfaith prayers and songs at 2 PM on Friday, March 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 818 E. Divide Ave., to support the people of Standing Rock, many of whom are in Washington DC with other Indigenous leaders for the Rise with Standing Rock Native Nations March. The Bismarck gathering is one of many solidarity events taking place in local communities around the nation and world.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
WATER IS LIFE SERIES: THE BEGINNING
Nicole Dammert and Megan Carranza
We come from water, we are made of water, we return to water. Doulas--professional birth companions--will share their experiences with birth and the all-encompassing presence of water. This service continues the Water Is Life series.
Nicole Dammert is a mother, doula, retired veterinarian, and Peruvian living in North Dakota. Megan Carranza--also a mom, daughter--is from North Dakota whose career has involved working with immigrants, Adult Education, veterans, and being a doula.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
MUSINGS ALONG THE MISSOURI: SPIRITUAL PRACTICES FOR LIFE
Karen Van Fossan, minister
What gives you inspiration? What opens your heart, nourishes your body, and brings presence to your mind? In this exploration of spiritual/inspirational practices across the ages, we will be invited into wholeness, sustenance, and deepening compassion for others and ourselves.
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.
*Ingathering ceremony to be held during both the 10:30 am and 12:30 pm services.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
THIS I BELIEVE; THIS I DO
Jim Lennington and Liz Anderson
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, UU members will share their spiritual journeys and how they live our UU principles.
Bis-Man UU member since 1998, Jim Lennington has served on the Board and one term as president. Jim was raised UCC and is the son of a minister. Jim considers himself a North Dakota native and is a civil engineer from NDSU and the University of Minnesota. Jim and his wife, Barb have lived in Bismarck since May of 1988.
Regular Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00-9:00 am
Tuesday & Wednesday from 3:30-6:00 pm