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.

    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!


  • It's Up to You: Change vs. Transformation - Summer Mindfulness Series

    Sunday, May 27, at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Jeffon Seely

    What happens when we recognize the gifts and abilities that can be found within ourselves? How do our lives transform once we understand the role we play in the unfoldment of our experience? We will explore the power that resides within, the potential that often lies dormant, and how we can cultivate a deeper sense of inner peace and move towards greater possibilities. Jeffon Seely is a senior consultant, transformational speaker, and nationally-recognized workshop facilitator.

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    Local UU Events

  • Water Protector Solidarity Spaghetti Feed

    Wednesday, May 30 @ 5:30 PM
    Bismarck-Mandan UU Church

    Join us for a solidarity meal, conversation, and prayers! This is a time of connecting and healing during a week of hearings and trials. Guest speaker at the dinner: Lola Cowboy, life partner to Little Feather, whose sentencing hearing will be that afternoon. Chair massage will be available. Children are welcome. Bring a dish to share if you can; if you can't, come anyway!

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


  • Reach One Teach One + OWL Bismarck Program

    Our congregation and Planned Parenthood are coming together to provide comprehensive, culturally-appropriate, sexuality education for youth ages 10-19. The class builds self-acceptance, fosters healthy relationships, and dismantles stereotypes and other harmful assumptions. The FREE Bismarck program will be held at the UU on Sunday-Tuesday, June 10-12.

    Contact Rev. Karen Van Fossan or Marnie Piehl to register. Visit the website at www.ppmns.org/reachoneteachoneND.


  • Cross Ranch UU Camp Out!

    Reconnect with nature and your UU community at this Cross Ranch camp out! Cross Ranch Centennial State Park provides a uniquely scenic escape and this July, you can camp out with friends along the Missouri river and enjoy all of the natural beauty this area has to offer.

    You can reserve a space by contacting Cross Ranch directly at 800.807.4723 or online at Parks and Recreation Online Services. Be sure to specify Group Site #36 and the dates July 6th-8th. Each reservation will cost $34, plus a $5 daily park fee if you don't have a State Park Pass.

    For more information, contact Elicia Faul at 701.425.3278.


  • 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!

  • 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

  • AIMS Community Input Meeting

    May 26, 2018 at 5 PM
    United Church of Christ
    1200 Highland Acres Rd.

    Bismarck, ND 58501

    Please join us and the African Immigrant Minority Services (AIMS) community and help create a positive vision for the potential services, programs, and events for our organizations. Help address critical issues for the African Immigrant Community in Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding area. There will be refreshments, activities and games for kids, and door prizes!

    For questions or more information, email paulzondo1@gmail.com or call 612.801.0926.


  • 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

  • Camp Unistar: Still Time to Register!

    Camp Unistar will soon be open for the season! They still have openings in the following weeks:

    June 9-16: Helping Hand
    June 30-July 7: Right of Passage - Immigration Then and Now
    Aug. 25-Sept. 1: UUs and Public Policy

    Check out the new website for program and registration information. There are also multiple volunteer and intern opportunities 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.



  May 2018  

Upcoming Events



AIMS Community Input Meeting
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM






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




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