• 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 Service and Children 's Religious Education
    – 10:30 AM
  • 2nd Sunday Service
    – 12:30 PM


  • Interfaith Day of Prayer, December 4


    As the banner at the entrance of our collective home proclaims, the Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist congregation is "Standing with Standing Rock." As a Lakota nation, Standing Rock peacefully and prayerfully proclaims that water is life and, since September 30, 2014, has asserted that the Dakota Access Pipeline would threaten Lakota ways of life -- past, present, and future. We respect these declarations by Standing Rock, as well as Standing Rock's sovereignty in making them. It is our honor to stand with Standing Rock, our neighbor and our friend.


    Sunday night, in below-freezing temperatures, unarmed water protectors just north of Standing Rock survived shocking assaults from water cannons. Many were traumatized, and some needed emergency room care. In the aftermath of these attacks, and in the months prior, my congregation has received countless messages from people around the country – and world – asking, "What can we do?”

    Meanwhile, we have received one of the most important invitations we are ever likely to receive, as people of faith and conviction. Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle, has called upon each of us to join him at Standing Rock on Sunday, December 4th, for an Interfaith Day of Prayer. In solidarity with indigenous people and mutual love for the water, it is my hope that you and your communities of faith will participate in this history-making day.
    As those who have visited know, the nonviolent water protector movement at Standing Rock is deeply rooted in prayer. Each day I spend at Oceti Sakowin camp, I feel myself challenged and inspired to live a more prayerful and faithful life. We awake with prayers, dine with prayers, go to rest with prayers, and pray continuously throughout each day. 
    The camps at Standing Rock are based on the conviction that prayer, especially collective prayers, can protect our living water. Your prayers – and your presence – mean the world. I would be honored to see you here.
    For more information and to register for this free event, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/standingrockdayofprayer 
    To learn more about the Dec. 4th Interfaith Day of Prayer and other opportunities for solidarity, please join me in a conference call discussion on Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30pm CST. This call will be facilitated by Unitarian Universalists who have been working directly with Native coordinators at Oceti Sakowin Camp. People of any and all traditions are welcome to join this conversation. Please register here.
    Please share this call to prayer and solidarity widely. Thank you.
    If you aren't able to be here in body on December 4th, please join us in spirit by praying for the water and the water protectors in the morning, before meals, before bed, and whenever you are able. Please invite others to join their prayers with yours – with all of ours.
    In peace and faith,
    Karen Van Fossan, M.Div.,
    Minister, Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation

    You are all invited to a UU potluck at the church TODAY--Sunday, December 4th at 6:00 PM to visit with those that will have been at Oceti Sakowin (OS) camp all day and to give those that were unable to go to OS a chance to connect with our visitors and friends that did go.

    All are invited; please come!

  • Support Standing Rock!

    Are you wondering how you can support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock? We have two great ways you can help!

    A friend of the Bismarck Unitarian- Universalists has generously donated much of the purchase price for a fully winterized yurt. We need to raise the funds for the remainder of the purchase price, a heat source, and lumber. The yurt will be used to house elders at camp, as well as Unitarian Universalists visiting camp in the winter. Please consider donating to help fund this project!  https://www.generosity.com/faith-religion-fundraising/uu-presence-at-oceti-sakowin-yurt-fund

    Oceti Sakowin is the "big camp" at Standing Rock, with more than a thousand people planning to spend the winter. Winterization is well underway at camp. The easiest and most direct way to support the camp is to donate at http://www.ocetisakowincamp.org.

    Thank you!


  • Standing on the Side of Love with Standing Rock

    Please read the letters below from Unitarian Universalist Association President Rev. Peter Morales and our very own Rev. Karen Van Fossan on prayerful solidarity with Standing Rock.  Please consider coming to Standing Rock in faith and solidarity!


  • Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone Camp Update

    North Dakota officials hope to quell protests with fines


    ND Governor issues evacuation order for Oceti Sakowin


    Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault speaks at public forum sponsored by Dakota Resource Council


    Morton County Sheriff sued for excessive force in dealing with Water Protectors


    The many ways to help Standing Rock


  • Standing Rock Petition

    Below is a link to a petition on Change.org from our UU Social Action Working Group to request President Barack Obama instruct the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement to better evaulate the effects of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 


    Please sign and share widely if you feel so moved to do so!

  • Directions to Camps at Standing Rock when Hwy 1806 is closed

    From Bismarck, take I94 West to Mandan Main St Exit

    LEFT on 10 Ave SW, which turns into Hwy 6

    Stay on Hwy 6 south

    (You will need to take a LEFT to continue of Hwy 6 when Hwy 21 splits off, about 25 miles south of Mandan)

    LEFT/EAST on Hwy 24, 15 miles until you reach intersection of Hwy 1806 (there will be law enforcement at this intersection)

    Go LEFT/NORTH to reach the camp

  • Write Letters in Support of Standing Rock!

    YOU CAN make a difference in the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline! We encourage you to write to president Obama, requesting that the Army Corps of Engineers conduct a full Environmental Impact Statement on DAPL. We also encourage you to write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Below are some facts to help you craft your letters and the address for The White House.

    White House email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

    White House mailing address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500

    The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) would span 1,172 miles across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois & would carry more than 450,000 barrels of fracked oil per day from Bakken oil fields in ND to Illinois.

    DAPL was originally routed to cross the Missouri River about 10 miles north of Bismarck, but was re-routed to cross just north of Standing Rock because of concern for polluting Bismarck’s water supply if a pipeline leak should occur. 

    DAPL was fast-tracked: DAPL was permitted under Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12), which is a blanket permit that allows a pipeline to be considered as many small individual projects that are exempt from the environmental review required by the Clean Water Act & the National Environmental Policy Act. DAPL is a major project that should require a full Environmental Impact Statement, as well as reviews and analyses under the National Historic Preservation Act and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

    The trust responsibility of the the federal government requires tribal consultation - government to government consultation - on a project when a tribe attaches religious and cultural significance to a site, whether or not the land is on an Indian reservation. In the case of DAPL, the Standing Rock Nation was informed of the plans for the pipeline relatively late in the process, and their concerns were only heard by relatively low-level officials in the Army Corps of Engineers. It appears that DAPL did not conduct new archaeological surveys for the project, but rather relied on a 1985 survey. In early September, the tribe filed court papers documenting sacred sites along a portion of the pipeline route; the very next day, over the Labor Day Weekend, and before any ruling could be made, Dakota Access began construction on the area, destroying any evidence of sacred sites. 


  • Office Hours

    Regular Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am

  • 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 RE offered during 10:30 AM service only


    Sunday, December 4


    1) In lieu of our regularly scheduled Dec. 4th program we have accepted *Chief Arvol Looking Horse's invitation to go to Oceti Sakowin for an interfaith prayer service, lunch, and discussion. We will caravan from the UU @7:45am to the camp. We are hoping to identify those willing drive as well those in need of a ride. It is likely that vehicles will be returning to Bismarck at varying times, we will try and match you up as best we can so please tell us if you have a preference. For more info go to bismanuu.org . The link to your poll is: http://doodle.com/poll/u888dib6nrh4phyh

    2) Here is a second poll link to connect you with a friend to travel to Oceti Sakowin. Most of the people that have been to Oceti Sakowin did not go alone their first time. Although we will be in a large group it might make it easier and more comfortable for people to go to camp for the Dec. 4th Interfaith Prayer Service if they had a designated friend to accompany them. If you would appreciate having or being such a friend we would like to know so we can connect you. This link to this poll is: http://doodle.com/poll/7fyt5i7p9geyh9xh


    Sunday, December 11


    Elicia Faul and JP Holmes

    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, Elicia and JP will share their spiritual journeys and how they live our UU principles.


    Sunday, December 18


    Performed by UU Youth

    Our holdiay service will be "Where Did All This Stuff Come From, Anyway" performed by our youth. This brief play provides information on the source of some of the traditions we associate with Christmas.


    Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day


    Join us on Christmas Day as we sit around the fireplace and share seasonal songs and readings. Bring Christmas treats to share if you have extras. The church will provide hot cider, decaf coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and the warmth of good fellowship. Bring your friends and family for this cheerful service.






  December 2016  

Upcoming Events



UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Director Jean King can be reached at jking@bis.midco.net.


Fellowship Hour
11:30 AM to 12:15 AM
Annual Meeting
11:45 AM
Annual business meeting


UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Director Jean King can be reached at jking@bis.midco.net.


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