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. We come from a variety of backgrounds, hold a wide range of beliefs, and come together to build a better self, community, and world.

If you are seeking an inspirational home, please join 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
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
  • Office admin hours: 8 am - 11 am Mon, Wed, Fri

    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!

  • I Have Seen Some Things

    Sunday, November 19, at 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Karen Van Fossan

    Facilitator: Betty Mills

    Guest Music Leader: Tiffany Personett
    Our minister, Karen Van Fossan, invites you to join us, as she gives us a "sneak preview" of the major sermon she will deliver in Boston in December, when she sees the Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC). Many traditions expect their people to undergo a quest, take a test, or otherwise demonstrate their readiness to serve. In our UU tradition, ministers must face -- and receive a pass from -- the MFC, to demonstrate their ability to serve. Please join us as we cheer Karen on!
    Karen Van Fossan graduated from seminary and began serving as our minister in 2015. She is a writer, activist, pastoral counselor, and devoted foster mom.
  • Reflections from Colombia to North Dakota
    Sunday, November 26, at 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
    Speakers: Sofia Agudelo and David Toledo
    Music Leader: Elicia Faul
    Originally from Colombia, Sofia and David are scholars, parents, and lovers of life. Their reflections on the joys and challenges of North Dakota living will help us reflect on some of the big questions: the relationship between culture and place, the role of community in shaping who we are, and what it means to be human.
  • UU Parents/Mentors/Teachers meeting

    This Sunday, November 19, a meeting will be held between services at 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM. Topic: Children and Teens Holiday Service and general check-in. All are welcome!

  • Heartbeats Teen/Tween Program

    Wednesday night programs are off to a super fun start as we have drummed, cooked, and learned about many cultures in our community. For info, contact Karen Van Fossan, minister, at 223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org. Thank you! THERE WILL BE NO HEARTBEATS PROGRAM ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22. Programs will resume on November 29. See the calendar for details. All teens and tweens are welcome!

    Thanks so much for your concern for Olivia Lone Bear and her family! All are invited to join our search party and support the search.
    Q: When and where will we meet?
    A: We will meet at the Bismarck UU at 7:30 AM this Saturday, Nov. 18, and carpool to New Town. We hope to leave New Town by 5 PM; those who would like to leave earlier or later can carpool together.
    Q: What happens when we get to New Town?
    A: Our plan is to meet Matt Lone Bear at the search headquarters near the casino. Some of us may sign up to cover a portion of the search grid; others may help by t
    aking flyers door to door, which would not be as strenuous. 
    Q: Should we bring food?
    A: You are welcome to bring food. Olivia's family will also share breakfast snacks, lunch, and dinner (time permitting).
    Q: How long will we be outside?
    A: You are asked to be outside only as long as you feel comfortable. The family is attentive to people's well-being and warmth while we support the search for Olivia, so we are encouraged to take breaks as needed. There are also ways to support that are not very strenuous, like taking flyers door to door.
    Q: Is there any help with gas $$ for those who drive?
    A: Yes! We have been offered gas cards to cover driving expenses.


    Q: How do we let you know we would like to help the search?

    A: Please email karenvanfossan@gmail.com or call 701.223.6788.


    With gratitude,

    Karen Van Fossan, minister


  • Missing


    Urgent. Have you seen Olivia Lone Bear? Please help spread the word.

  • Thanksgiving at the UU!

    There will be a community potluck at the UU on Thanksgiving. Ann Knudson will be organizing it, 471-1450. We will sit down to eat at 5:00 PM. The church will supply turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, pumpkin pie and coffee. You bring appetizers, salad, veggies, hot dishes, cranberry sauce, bread, rolls, cider, candy, desserts, fruit, or whatever you enjoy and wish to share. More people = more food, so bring your neighbors, your out-of-town relatives, or anybody else who'd like to share food and fellowship.

  • UUA's Banners for the Resistance Yard Signs

    Christine Kujawa is planning on ordering a Banners for the Resistance yard sign for her home, and would like to open up ordering to the entire congregation. All you need to do is choose a yard sign design, and email her at chriskuj@gmail.com by Friday, November is 17. The cost is $9.50 per 24" x 18" sign + shipping/handling. She is willing to cover the cost of the shipping/handling. You can pay Christine after she receives the signs. There are five designs, viewable here: https://www.uua.org/worship/words/image/banners-resistance 

    (Just one sign is pictured here. There are more to choose from!) This is a great way to share the UUA and Fellowship's message of love, kindness, and commitment to social justice. 

  • Caring Team

    Our new Caring Team is growing and has been serving our UU community and beyond for the past 3 months. 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 a minister's attention toward any caring needs as well, at 701.223.6788 or  http://minister@bismanuu.org

  • Heartbeats Youth Program

    Drums, Music, Art, Food. Wednesday night youth programs began on November 1, and will culminate in a lock-in on Friday, December 15. Collaborators in this intercultural program are the Bisman UU, Bismarck Global Neighbors, and Sacred Pipe Resource Center. Check out the calendar for details!

  • UU parents/mentors/teachers meeting schedule
    Please mark your calendars, so you can join us at these check-in meetings throughout the year:
    November 19
    December -- no meeting
    January 7
    February 25
    March -- no meeting
    April 15
    May 20
    Meetings have all been scheduled for Sundays, between services from 11:45 AM to 12:15 PM.
  • UU Children and Youth

    In the Spirit Play group, ages birth through about 4, we focus on play and model UU values. Youth and elders take an active role in mentoring and playing with the children.

    In the Chalice Children group, ages 5 through about 9, we are learning about world religious through a new curriculum, "Holidays and Holy Days." Chalice Children also serve as chalice lighters and ushers during our Sunday services.

    The Tweens and Teens group takes an active role in Sunday services -- as readers, ushers, storytellers, and musicians -- and mentors younger children in their classes. The Wednesday night youth program, "Heartbeats," will begin on November 1, culminating in a lock-in on Friday, December 15. This intercultural program is offered in collaboration with Bismarck Global Neighbors and Sacred Pipe Resource Center. Details soon!

  • UU Choir/Band

    Do you like to sing, play an instrument, spend quality time with spirited people? Join us for choir practice on Friday's at 5:00 PM. Contact Andrea Ficek Falcon, music director, at 701.391.0901 for info - or next week's song list!

  • Pastoral Care

    If you have any pastoral care concerns or joys, please contact our minister, Karen Van Fossan, at (701) 223-6788 or minister@bismanuu.org

  • Do you have an announcement to share?

    If you would like to add a calendar item or announcement to the church website, please email your friendly Office Administrator Karen Larrivee at office@bismanuu.org  THANK YOU!

  • Coffee Hour Conversations with Lisa Presley

    Once a month you can drop by (virtually, of course) and chat with Lisa and others about what is happening in your congregations. We will share and learn from and with each other. Stop by at the beginning, drop by in the middle, stay until the end, or whatever works. The sessions will run from 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM. Dates are listed below.

    Tuesday, November 14

    Monday, December 11

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Monday, February 19

    Wednesday, March 14

    No need to preregister, just join us at: https://zoom.us/j/2485145458, or on phone only at 1 (646) 558-8656, meeting room number 1 (248) 514-5458.


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