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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, January 1 New Year's Day Service
MOVIE AND MASSAGE
Movie and Massage! Start the year with a refreshing movie and an invigorating massage. We will gather with popcorn, juice, a warm fire, a movie suited for ALL ages, and brief massage for those who wish. Special thanks to Elicia Faul, licensed massage therapist. (Free will donations to Elicia would be gratefully accepted. Movie TBA.) We will have only one service at 10:30 AM on January 1. All ages are welcome!
Sunday, January 8, 2017
COMFORT FOR THE CAREGIVERS
We have been impacted by the recent events at Standing Rock, sometimes in very different ways. With UU Trauma Response Ministry (UUTRM), we have the opportunity to reflect on the water protector movement, Dakota Access Pipeline, local responses, and impacts on our community. Composed of UU ministers and lay leaders who are trained in trauma response, UUTRM will share information and tools on navigating critical incidents from January 4-8. Our work together will culminate during services on Sunday, in which UUTRM will guide us in reflection on the past and anticipation of the future. This service is part of our ongoing "Water Is Life" series.
Bret Lortie (on-site lead), Rosemary Bray McNatt, and Leslie Trew are UU minister who have extensive experience in navigating critical incidents with congregations and other groups.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
THIS I BELIEVE, THIS I DO
Liz Loos and Dennis Lyon
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, Liz and Dennis will share their spiritual journeys and how they live our UU principles.
Liz Loos moved from Louisiana to Bismarck in July of 2013 with her husband Frank and son Gus. She spent 7 years in social work, and with her PhD in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology, later worked as Research Director for Delta Waterfowl Foundation and taught at Louisiana State University. Liz now works for Dakota Resource Council. Dennis Lyon has worked as a fry cook at the A&W Drive-In, a sailor, the doorman at Minot’s American Legion Club, a jailor, a prison guard, and then 38 years in human services with the last 15 years as a client advocate for clients of Vocational Rehabilitation. Dennis is married to Susan and they have 2 adult children and one grandson.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
NONVIOLENT PEACEFORCE AND UNARMED CIVILIAN PROTECTION
Thiago Wolfer and Martha Hernandez
Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a global non-profit organization that promotes unarmed civilian protection. Members of NP will illustrate unarmed strategies to protect civilians in the context of armed conflict. They will also share concrete examples and experiences on how these strategies were implemented in the different countries where they have worked.
Thiago Wolfer (Brazilian) and Martha Hernández (Colombian) implement and coordinate programs of protection of civilians in armed conflict within the context of conflict prevention and violence reduction. They have worked with Nonviolent Peaceforce in Guatemala, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, and the Philippines.
Sunday, January 29, 2017
WHO WE WERE GOING TO BE: ON SELF-FORGIVENESS
Karen Van Fossan, minister
Everyone makes mistakes, but it can be tough to forgive ourselves. Sometimes it's not just our mistakes we have trouble forgiving, but our basic human limitations. How do we let go of who were going to be? How do we extend compassion to ourselves? How do we come home to who we are?
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.
Regular Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00-9:00 am
Tuesday & Wednesday from 3:30-6:00 pm