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 a new youth group. Details coming soon!

  • So Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself

    Sunday, September 24, at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Karen Van Fossan, minister

    Facilitator: Liz Anderson

    Music Leader: Andrea Ficek Falcon

    In the MFC Series

    Description: Many religious and spiritual traditions expect their people to undergo a quest, pass a major test, or otherwise demonstrate their readiness to serve. Our minister, Karen Van Fossan, is preparing to face a significant journey of this kind. In late November/early December, she will address the UU Ministerial Fellowship Committee (MFC) in Boston. She will respond to questions, share her writings, and even deliver a major sermon. In this 3-month series, Karen will give us a sneak preview of the essays and sermon she is preparing. Your support is much appreciated!

    Bio: Karen Van Fossan graduated from seminary and began serving as our minister in 2015. She is a writer, activist, pastoral counselor, buffaloberry enthusiast, and devoted foster mom.

  • Quarterly Congregational Meeting

    Sunday, September 24

    Join us for the Quarterly Congregational Meeting on Sunday, September 24th,  at 11:45 AM (between services). This is your opportunity to see the preliminary draft of the 2018 budget. Data from your responses (handed out at the September 10 and 17 services) regarding your thoughts and dreams about the congregation will be shared then, which helped us form next year's visionary budget. This meeting will kick off the fall Stewardship Drive.

  • Reflections from a Prison Guard

    Sunday, October 1, at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Paul Zondo

    Music Leader: Andrea Ficek Falcon

    Description: What would happen if the inherent worth and dignity of every person, especially incarcerated people, was respected? Can one person, one prison guard, make a difference? What changes might we make together? 
    Bio: Originally from Liberia, Pastor Paul Zondo currently serves as a guard at the North Dakota State Penitentiary. Join us in this reflection on how Pastor Paul Zondo honors the dignity of incarcerated people and, with community collaboration, is influencing systems change. 
  • 65th Anniversary Committee Meeting

    Tuesday, September 26 at 4:30 PM in the church office.


    UU 65th Anniversary Dinner Friday, September 29th

    Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation

    818 East Divide Avenue, 223-6788  Two seatings of 50: 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM

    $25 eventbrite.com Indian Dinner Tickets  **Takeout Available**

    Proceeds go to UU projects on hunger and social justice.

    Donate extra for great causes!

    Sponsored by Aruna and Vinod Seth

  • Honor the Earth presents Wednesday Lunch and Learn Sessions
    Honor the Earth's photo.

    Bismarck Wednesday Lunch & Learn Sessions

  • Walking in Two Worlds, Youth Empowerment Summit

    This letter is an official invite to the Youth Empowerment Summit,
    “Walking in Two Worlds”, to be held in Standing Rock at the Prairie Knights Casino Pavilion, Thursday, September 28 2017.

    We are excited to share this wonderful opportunity for our youth to come together. Taboo, from the Black Eyed Peas, will be making a special appearance.

    Steven Paul Judd will be doing an interactive tile art piece with the youth.

    It would be an absolute honor if your students join us for a fun filled educational one-day event.Our goal is to provide a brave space for our young leaders to connect with area youth in the hopes of building relationships that will grow stronger throughout time.

    Meals will be provided; we ask that each school provide transportation for their students. Onsite registration opens at 8am and the day’s activities will begin at 9am and end at approximately 9pm.

    Your attendance and participation in this event will leave our youth inspired and ready to make positive change in their respective communities.

    Please fill free to contact us for further questions. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully we will be seeing you soon.

    Sincerely, Youth Empowerment Summit Planning Committee

    Nola Taken Alive
    DJ Two Bears
    Billi Jo Gravseth
    Jen Martel
    Sheridan Seaboy-McNeil
    Ruth Anna Buffalo
    Attachments: Agenda and Registration form

  • October 8, 2017 Bismarck-Mandan CROPWALK for Hunger

    Registration begins at 12:30 with activities on the steps of the capitol. The walk begins at 1:30. People can walk the distance comfortable for them. There are two marked routes—one a distance of one mile and the other about four miles.

    We walk because THEY WALK!  As we see people fleeing hurricanes, floods, and fires in our own country, it is a reminder to us that people throughout our world walk daily to seek safety, food, and water.

    We join together across faith traditions to make a difference! Local agencies benefiting from the walk include Abused Adult Resource Center, AID Inc., Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry, and Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.

    This year, we invite people to bring non-perishable food items to the walk. The food will be shared with the agencies.

    Walkers may register at www.crophungerwalk.org.

  • UU Youth and Children -- New News!

    Thanks to input from youth, children, mentors, and families, we are making some exciting updates this year.

    In the Spirit Play group, our youngest children, we will be inviting youth and elders to take an active role in mentoring and playing with the children. Stay tuned for details!
    In the Chalice Children group, children in a middle-range of ages, we will start a new curriculum, "Holidays and Holy Days," spending a year learning about holidays from around the world. We will also give Chalice Children more opportunities to be Chalice Lighters in our Sunday services.
    With the Tweens and Teens group, we will provide ongoing opportunities to be actively involved in services as readers, ushers, storytellers, and musicians, as well as mentors and caregivers with the Spirit Play group. We will offer programming, outside of Sundays, that brings UU youth together with refugee and immigrant youth. By popular demand, we will also expand our offerings relating to OWL (Our Whole Lives) lifespan sexuality education. Please note that these changes mean we will not offer youth RE during Sunday services. Instead, we are committed to providing Sunday services, along with additional programs, that are engaging, timely, and informed by youth.
  • Social Actions from our Past

    The 65th Anniversary Committee would like to put together a compilation of social actions the Bismarck Mandan UUA has been involved with during the last 65 years.Please send your memories to Dennis Lyon at:  d1lyon@bis.midco.net

  • UU parents/mentors/teaching meeting schedule
    Please mark your calendars, so you can join us at these check-in meetings throughout the year:
    October 15
    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.
  • Sage Circle Fall Equinox Circle and Celebration

    Friday, September 22, Sage Circle is a group for women who want to step into their feminine power by listening to their inner Wise Woman. Contact Cathy Briener at cathybreiner@gmail.com

  • Game Changer Ideas Festival

    We're hoping to encourage attendance at the NDHC Gamechanger Event: In Justice on Saturday, Sept. 23. It’s going to be an amazing day with really heavy hitters talking about the justice system in the U.S. -- right up our UU alley.  The tickets are $75. Some scholarships are available – contact Stacy at NDHC about scholarship tickets. Please share far and wide in our community. Thank you!

    Justice is one of America's founding principles. Yet many in our country feel as if our system of justice has failed them. Although America is home to less than 5% of the world's total population, we boast almost 25% of the world's prison population. How did we get here?

    In 2017-2018, the North Dakota Humanities Council will lead a statewide conversation on justice in America focused on racial disparity, poverty, mass incarceration, and more.



    And here’s a direct link to the schedule: http://www.gamechangernd.com/schedule.html


  • Milkweed for Monarchs

    Monarch butterflies have dropped from 1 billion population down to about 35 million in the last 20 years, and are still dropping. The UU has free showy milkweed plants and seed for those who'd like to provide habitat for monarch butterflies, who eat nothing else.  Milkweed is easy to grow, has sweetly scented flowers, and will grow about three feet tall. Contact Ann Knudson, 701-471-1450, mikeannknudson@msn.com.

  • Decline in Native Ladybugs

    Native Ladybugs have declined steeply in the last 20 years. A scientist at Cornell U needs volumteers to look for ladybugs and send reports/photos if any are found.http://www.lostladybug.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!

  • 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

  • Little Food Pantry in the News

    Many thanks to Aruna Seth for getting our Little Food Pantry in place, and to all who have used and donated to our pantry so far. Our UU congregation has the newest little pantry in town.

    If you are in need, take what you need, if you have something to share, share. Our Little Pantry is in Memory of Sonali Seth. For more info, contact Karen Van Fossan, minister, at minister@bismanuu.org

  September 2017  

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