• 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

  • What's Happningh at the UU
    Announcements: What's Happening at the UU

    *Candles for the Journey  at the end of the E-Mail

    Choir Practice: Is at 5:00 PM on Friday, June 23rd, with Joe Larrivee as the choir director.

    Tai Chi and Qi Gong Classes:  Wayde Schafer offers classes in Tai Chi and Qi Gong for beginners every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:00 PM at the UU church in June. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are ancient Chinese practices that have led to improved health, energy, and well being in individuals for centuries. All ages welcome. For more information contact Wayde: 701.388.3942.

    GROUP ACUPUNCTURE at UU, BEAT THE HEAT,  June 22nd at  8:00 PM . Rght after Qi Gong/ Tai chi class. Treatment will be Miriam Lee's 5. Miriam Lee was one of the first acupuncturist in the United states in California before it was licensed.  People were lined up down the block to have acupuncture- so she needed to streamline and picked these particular points as the ones that cover the most bases for the average American. They clear heat and inflammation, relieve pain and stress. It has become a standard treatment especially within community - group acupuncture. One I use all the time. Treatment in chair with socks/ shoes off or bring yoga mat to lie down. Suggested $10.00.

    Volunteer Opportunity: Serving noon meal at Ruth Meier's, Thursday, June 29th, 12-2 PM. June is another month with 5 Thursdays, so Pat Conrad is looking for 2 people to help her serve the noon meal. Contact Pat at 701.258.6388 to volunteer!

    Sock Drive for the Homeless: Our congregation is collecting new socks, both adult and child sizes, for the Homeless Coalition's Project Service Connect event in August.  Just drop any socks you are able to purchase into the bin in the foyer of the church.  Our sock drive will last only until the end of July.

    UU Camping at Cross Ranch State Park FUN: We are once again planning a campout at Cross Ranch the first weekend of August Friday-Sunday (Aug 4th-6th). This promises to be fun for all ages! Some activities available include nature walk, kayaks, canoes for rental, campfire (S'MORES), astronomy viewing, games,and spending quality time with other UU's! Please contact Elicia Faul at 701.425.3278 to RSVP. No reservation has been made yet--we need RSVPs first to make the camping reservation. So save your spot now!

    *Candles for the Journey

    ~Helen Hammond continues to recuperate after a stroke two weeksago. She is able to walk and move about, and her speech hasn't been affected as much as it seemed at first.
     
    ~Jeff Iron Cloud requests prayers for his granddaughters and their mother. We hold Jeff and his family in our hearts.

    ~Eileen McNalley is recovering from brain surgery. Eileen was transferred from Sanford Health to St. Gabriel’s Community on 05-25-17, and she will be residing there for care and rehab. Cards and phone calls to cheer her are welcome:

    Eileen McNalley

    St Gabriel’s Community

    4580 Coleman Street  Room #108

    Bismarck, ND  58503

    St Gabriel’s phone          751-4224

    Eileen’s phone                 751-5187

    The congregation extends its congratulations to Andrea Ficek who is being married this weekend. The lucky young man is Nolan Falcon, who is also a musician.

    *If you have any pastoral care concerns or joys, you are welcome to contact our minister at (701) 223-6788 or minister@bismanuu.org

  • Candles for the Journey

    Jeff Iron Cloud requests prayers for his grandaughters and their mother. We hold Jeff and his family in our hearts;

  • Candles for the Journey

    Helen Hammond contintues to recuperate after a stroke two weeks ago. She is able to walk and move about, and her speech hasn't been affected as much as it seemed at first.

  • Candles for the Journey

    The congregation extends its congratulations to Andrea Ficek who is being married this weekend. The lucky young man is Nolan Falcon, who is also a musician.

  • Announcements:: What's Happening at the UU

    The People Place and Program Committee Meeting for June 21st 2017 is cancelled.

  • Announcements: What's Happening at the UU

    UU Summer Child Care - Volunteers needed  We are striving to provide safe and reliable childcare at both services this summer with volunteers from the congregation. Please sign up if you would like to help out! Youth ages 13 + may assist. Our goal is to have at least 2 child care assistants per service. Contact Claire Lowstuter for more information or questions: 701-955-8522, clairelowstuter@gmail.com

  • Sock Drive for the Homeless

    Building on the very successful sock drive that our church coordinated under the leadership of our young people 18 months ago, we are conducting a brief sock drive for the homeless this summer.  On Thursday, August 17th the Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless Persons (MVCHP) will be holding its annual Project Service Connect event in cooperation with the library.  Project Service Connect provides an opportunity for people experiencing homelessness, or those at risk of becoming homeless, to obtain information on services available in the community, and to receive specific items not covered by food stamps.  During the past 3 years, while our congregation has been a member of MVCHP, the specific items distributed include blankets, socks, children's books, school supplies, baby supplies, toiletries, hats and scarves, HIV screenings, and blood pressure and diabetes screenings.  Glance Beauty Salon even provides free haircuts for adults and children attending the event. This year MVCHP has reached out to all of the local churches, asking them to consider holding a drive to obtain some of the items needed for Project Service Connect.  We have chosen socks as an item our congregation knows how to collect. A large plastic bin will appear near the elevator in the church foyer on Sunday, June 4th.  Please deposit any adult or children's socks that you are able to donate into this bin.  Our sock drive will conclude at the end of July.  Thank you for your participation in this community-wide effort.  

  • 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 and children's Religious Education (RE) is offered during the 10:30 AM service from September to May. (While there is no RE during summer months, childcare and children's activities are available.)

     

    Sunday, June 4, 2017

    TRANSFORMATIVE COLLABORATION HERE AT HOME

    Johnnie Aseron and Karen Van Fossan

    When we collaborate in a genuine way, we ourselves are transformed -- emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Johnnie and Karen will share and invite experiences of collaboration across cultures, a crucial practice in our time. A friend of the congregation, Johnnie Aseron serves as executive director of the Inter-Nā tional Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC), an indigenous-led organization that explores what it means to be a human being, both traditionally and today. Karen Van Fossan, our minister, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has supported UU entities across the country to enter into transformative collaboration with INITC.

     

    Sunday, June 11

    THE POWER OF PLACE

    Helen Pohlig

    Born and raised in Bismarck, Helen Pohlig has been living hundreds of miles away for years, serving as a worship leader at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota, among other things. As Helen makes a visit home again, she invites us to reflect on the power of place -- this place -- in our lives.  *UU Summer Potluck Picnic following service; there will be NO second service on this day.

     

    Sunday, June 18--Father's Day

    MULTIFAITH PRIDE SERVICE "COMING HOME"

    At 11:30 AM at Sertoma Park, Shelter #5 Sacred Family Potluck at 12:30 PM

    J.P. Holmes and Karen Van Fossan from our UU community will help lead the service, along with representatives from other local communities. Our congregation is a Star Sponsor of Pride Fest again this year. Visit our booth at Pride Fest in Custer Park on Saturday, June 17, from 11 AM to 5 PM! Pride Fest activities take place all weekend. Visit www.dakotaoutright.org/pride2017 for more info.  *There will be NO services at the UU church this day.

     

    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    WATER IS LIFE: THE POETRY OF SUMMER

    Janis Cheney and Janelle Masters

    Janis Cheney and Janelle Masters will share a sampling of poetry in praise, celebration and reflection of the summer season.  Janis, a member of this congregation for 35 years, is grateful beyond words for the unconditional friendship, care, and support of our incredible community (which also helped make her and Stephen Crane better parents of daughters Barbara and Johanna). Janelle Masters is a long-time "drop-in" member of the congregation: now you see her, now you don't. She has recently crossed the Great Divide from a free verse poet to formalism, now calling her former technique "vacuous verse that dwells in an inchoate universe." She thinks that line is funny, but no one else seems to. *This is part of our Water Is Life series.

     

    Sunday, July 2, 2017

    U.S. INDEPENDENCE DAY REFLECTION

    Brian Palecek

    During this unique service format, Brian will share a fascinating film presentation and then lead a conversation about what would happen if we read the U.S. Constitution as a "sacred text." This conversation will be an opportunity to reflect on tensions between democracy and colonialism. Brian Palecek is a humanities scholar, professor, activist, and longtime friend of the congregation.

    *We will again be gathering on the UU church front lawn to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July.

     

    Solidarity with Water Protectors at Standing Rock--Social Action Link

     

  • Office Hours

    June 5-16 Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday- Friday from 8:00-11:00 am

     

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Upcoming Events

JUN

27

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.
JUN

29

THU
Volunteer at Ruth Meier's Hospitality House
11:00 AM to 12:45 PM
Volunteer at Ruth Meiers’
4-5 volunteers are needed to serve noon lunch at Ruth Meiers' Hospitality House every fifth Thursday (of months which have 5 Thursdays) from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM. No clean up is required.
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.
JUN

30

FRI
UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Choir Director Andrea Ficek can be reached at andreaficek@gmail.com.
JUL

04

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.
JUL

06

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.
JUL

07

FRI
UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Choir Director Andrea Ficek can be reached at andreaficek@gmail.com.
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