• 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, April 2, 2017

    WATER IS LIFE: WHO DECIDES WHAT'S SACRED?

    Clay Jenkinson

    Clay Jenkinson will talk about the ways in which Native Americans see resource questions differently from non-Indians. The talk will be based on Clay's reading of such books as John Neihardt's Black Elk Speaks, Paul vanDevelder's Coyote Warrior, and Morris Berman's The Re-Enchantment of the World. Clay will attempt to show that as long as the two cultures see basic questions of the human relationship with nature in fundamentally different ways, there will be confusion and conflict in resource questions. In other words, sovereignty is only one of a number of issues at the center of the DAPL controversy. Water issues leave a particularly "bad taste" in the mouths of Native Americans because of the military and economic colonialism of the Pick-Sloan Project that dammed the Missouri River six times between Fort Peck and Yankton, SD, between 1945-1965. This program is part of our Water Is Life series.

    Clay Jenkinson is a public humanities scholar who loves North Dakota. He was born in Minot, grew up in Dickinson, lives in Bismarck, and considers the badlands south of Medora as his spiritual home.

     

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    NATURE, COMMUNITY AND RAISING PARENTS & KIDS

    Don Morrison and Janis Cheney

    UU members Don Morrison and Janis Cheney will share their spiritual journeys and how they live our UU principles alongside stories of family and epiphanies under the open skies.

    Don Morrison –member of the Fellowship since 1987—is Executive Director of Dakota Resource Council. He and his wife Karen raised their children Alex and Nicole in the Fellowship.

    Janis Cheney attended for the first time in November 1982 and never left. Retired from a varied and occasionally challenging career, Janis’ greatest joy is her family—husband Stephen with whom she raised their daughters Barbara and Johanna –also raised in this Fellowship and best buds with Alex and Nicole.

     

    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH & SERVICE

    Facilitators: Karen Van Fossan and Jean King

    Brunch Coordinator: Carol Jean Larsen

    Spring is the season of rebirth. The renewal of life brings joy to our hearts and we are reminded of the ever-turning seasons, and of our own desire to spring anew. Bring family and friends to celebrate the rebirth of light and life on Easter morning. Following the brunch and a free-will offering, there will be seasonal readings and song.

     

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    TOP 10 UU STORIES OF ALL TIME

    Karen Van Fossan, minister

    Every tradition has stories that shape and sustain. In the Unitarian Universalist tradition, our stories have not been gathered into one distinct text, so telling our stories aloud becomes a must for collective memory. Why do we light a chalice? What is the origin of our seven principles? What is a fellowship compared to a church? Were we the first to ordain women - or not? Our path is not only wide; it is also long. Come enjoy the stories that shape who we are - and who we may yet be.

    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.

    *Child Dedication Ceremony at both the 10:30 am and 12:30 pm services

     

    Sunday, April 30, 2017

    THINKING ABOUT THE INFINITESIMAL IN THE INFINITE

    Larry Skogen

    Modern humans have altered, for good or bad, the earth more than any other species. What is the role of modern humans in the infinity of space and time? Larry will explore the quantitative measure of one cohort of modern humans to divine that role.

    Larry Skogen is president of Bismarck State College. He is author of works on federal Indian policies and the history of the American West.

     

    Sunday, May 14, 2017--Mother's Day

    SHE'S BEEN PERSISTING A LONG TIME

    Peter A. Huff

    The religious history of the American people is filled with unforgettable and often eccentric figures: brilliant minds, self-taught princes of the pulpit, indefatigable reformers, and solitary dreamers.  Inspired and inspirational women—many called Mother by follower and critic alike—have been among the most creative forces in the American religious experience, often fighting against great odds to gain a hearing and offer an alternative vision.  On this Mother’s Day, Peter Huff introduces us to his favorite women in the story of American religion.

    Peter A. Huff has taught at a number of colleges and universities across the United States.  Currently he serves as director of the Center for University Ministry and professor of theology at the University of Mary.  The author of four books, he writes on American religious history and dialogue among world religions.

     

    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

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SUN
Child Dedication Ceremony
10:30 AM
In our UU tradition, the child dedication is a time to honor children in our congregation and publicly voice our support for them as beloved members of our community. If you are interested in having your child included in the child dedication, or if you have any questions about it, please contact Karen Van Fossan at minister@bismanuu.org or 701.223.6788
Fellowship Hour
11:30 AM to 12:15 AM
2nd Service Choir Practice
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Immediately following 2nd service. Choir Director Andrea Ficek can be reached at andreaficek@gmail.com.
APR

24

MON
May Newsletter Deadline
Send articles, pictures, newsletter items to Tamera at office@bismanuu.org.
APR

25

TUE
UU Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 PM
in the church office
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wayde Schafer to offer classes for beginners at UU church. All ages welcome! Contact Wayde for more information: 701.388.3942.
APR

26

WED
APR

27

THU
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wayde Schafer to offer classes for beginners at UU church. All ages welcome! Contact Wayde for more information: 701.388.3942.
APR

28

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.
APR

30

SUN
Fellowship Hour
11:30 AM to 12:15 AM
2nd Service Choir Practice
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Immediately following 2nd service. Choir Director Andrea Ficek can be reached at andreaficek@gmail.com.
MAY

02

TUE
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wayde Schafer to offer classes for beginners at UU church. All ages welcome! Contact Wayde for more information: 701.388.3942.
MAY

04

THU
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wayde Schafer to offer classes for beginners at UU church. All ages welcome! Contact Wayde for more information: 701.388.3942.
MAY

05

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.
MAY

06

SAT
Solidarity Saturday
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
MAY

07

SUN
Fellowship Hour
11:30 AM to 12:15 AM
2nd Service Choir Practice
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Immediately following 2nd service. Choir Director Andrea Ficek can be reached at andreaficek@gmail.com.
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