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
Map  •   Directions
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.

    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!

  • Seven Principles Series: Our 1st Principle

    Sunday, Mar. 18, at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speakers: Your UU Program Team

    Our seven principles offer guidance and inspiration for how we live in the world beyond the walls of our UU community. Our first principle, 'The inherent worth and dignity of every person’, challenges us to recognize the innate humanity of ourselves and each and every other individual. How do we experience inherent worth and dignity to meet this challenge? How have you experienced this in your own life?

    Join us for readings, reflection and discussion of this foundational tenet of Unitarian Universalism.

  • All the Beautiful Faces

    Sunday, Mar. 25, at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Rev. Karen Van Fossan and Friends

    Beauty is only skin deep. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is as beauty does. We have many sayings about beauty, but how many ring true? Part performance, part meditation, this service will celebrate and affirm the worth, dignity, and, yes, the beauty of each and every human being.


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    Local UU Events

  • Quarterly Congregational Meeting

    Sunday, March 25 at 11:40 AM - 12:15 PM. Join us for updatesand some very good news! All are welcome.


  • 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!

  • Moving Truck for Free!

    If you have items to move between March 1 and April 1, you are welcome to borrow a 10-foot box truck at no charge. Just make an appointment by contacting the congregation office at 701.223.6788. On behalf of the UU, Paul Zondo is offering use of the truck, as well as driving services. Please provide your own movers and helpers. Many thanks, Paul!


  • Putting the ART in Heartbeats

    Our intercultural teen/tween program, Heartbeats, will meet 3 Wednesdays this month - March 14, 21, and 28 with a focus on art and culture. We meet from 5:30 to 8:00 PM, beginning with a meal. All teens and tweens are welcome! Special thanks to Bismarck Global Neighbors and Sacred Pipe Resource Center for collaboration.

    For info, contact our minister, Karen Van Fossan, at minister@bismanuu.org or 701.223.6788.


  • UU Homecoming

    Celebrate 65 years of UU community on the evening of Saturday, April 21. Kids’ activities! Food! Professional DJ! Details soon.


  • Olivia Lone Bear Vehicle Search
    At the invitation of Matt Lone Bear and family, we are conducting a Mandan-based search for the vehicle associated with Olivia’s disappearance. Contact Karen Van Fossan at 701.223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org. 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.

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    Local Community Events

  • Interfaith Mother's Day Event

    Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM to 4 PM
    Universal Playground in Mandan

    All are welcome to attend this Mother's Day event sponsored by Bismarck Interfaith. There will be crafts for kids, face painting, and stilt walking!
    For more information, contact hvanorny@gmail.com


  • Community Garden Volunteers

    The community garden at LSS (Lutheran Social Services) is an interfaith, international, inter-cultural spot here in Bismarck, dedicated to good food and good community! If you're curious and would like info about getting involved with the garden this year, please contact Hamida Dakane at hamidad@lssnd.org or Karen Van Fossan at minister@bismanuu.org or 701.223.6788.


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    UU Events at Large

  • Reclaim: A Black Lives of UU Revival

    April 27th-29th
    All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
    4501 Walnut St.
    Kansas City, MO 64111

    This event is an opportunity for Black UUs in the MidAmerica Region to come together and explore how Black Heritage is intertwined with the principles and ideals of Unitarian Universalism.

    If you’re white or a non-black person of color in our faith, please share this registration opportunity with Black UUs and other Black folks in your communities who would value coming together for this special event. Individuals and churches are encouraged to sponsor attendees, by covering their travel and housing accommodations directly, or through the BLUU website. Your support will help in bringing this sacred black space into being, by aiding an attendee to bring their whole self to this revival.

    Any questions you may have can be directed to BLUU Staff through email at Revival Coordinator marcus@blacklivesuu.com or BLUU Community Minister mykal@blacklivesuu.com.

    Register now at blacklivesuu.com/revival!


  • Camp Unistar Registration Open!

    Camp Unistar brochures are out and registration for 2018 is now open.

    If you haven't received a copy, check out the website for program and registration information. Priority registration has passed but it is still possible to attend!

    Please contact the Registrar until May 26, or the Director after May 26, to find out which weeks have space available.


  • UUA General Assembly 2018

    General Assembly 2018
    June 20-24, Kansas City, MO

    General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. For more information, visit https://www.uua.org/ga.



  March 2018  

Upcoming Events



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


All the Beautiful Faces
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
All the Beautiful Faces
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM




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


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