• 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 Services & Children's Religious Education
    – 10:30 AM


  • Office Hours

    Regular Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • 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


    Sunday, October 4


    Unitarian/Universalist Youth Social Justice Project Team

    High school youth will share information and views on the tragic immigration crisis along the Southwestern borderlands and discuss the launch of their sock drive project to bring local awareness to the crisis and to bring some relief to traveling migrants. Karen Van Fossan will facilitate this service.



    Sunday, October 11


    Janell Cole and Kevin Tengesdal

    The fellowship will mark the 27th National Coming Out Day, which observed annually October 11. Kevin and Janell grew up in small-town North Dakota and will describe their experiences in coming to terms with their sexuality, including how their experiences influenced their individual faith journeys.

    Janell Cole, member of the UU since 1987 and former board member and president of the congregation, currently works as a carpenter and is a retired journalist. Kevin Tengesdal is a professional graphic designer with a local print shop, a community theatre stage and screen actor, a known activist, and an advocate with Christians who identify as gay with his Facebook page “Prairie Rainbow”.



    Sunday, October 18


    Karen Van Fossan, UU Minister

    Many of the world’s religious traditions seek to understand and alleviate human suffering; suffering being hurt or in pain, remains one of the recurring themes of human life. Often, along with suffering, we also show great resilience , the capacity to survive and even thrive. What does healing look like? How does healing happen?
    A long-time member of our congregation, Karen Van Fossan recently began serving as our minister, after graduating from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities this year. In addition to her ministerial duties, she serves the larger community as a pastoral counselor and advocate for the prevention of childhood abuse.



    Sunday, October 25


    Judith Roberts

    Recovery is for anyone seeking a practical path to spiritual and emotional freedom; it is learning to let go of negative patterns in our thoughts, emotions and our behaviors in taking the path to happiness. Judith shares her personal story of recovery and adventures opening Hope Manor, the only sober living home in North Dakota for women struggling with alcoholism and addiction.

    Judith Roberts is Founder and Administrator of Hope Manor—Sober Living for Women. Additionally, she offers workshops on the transformational power of recovery. Judith earned a Bachelor of Social Behavioral Sciences and Juris Doctor at the University of ND School of Law and subsequently practiced law in several states and many Tribal Courts.



    Sunday, November 1

    *All Ages Halloween Dress-Up*

    The Bismarck Unitarian Universalist Congregation encourages anyone of all ages to come in costume (no face masks, but make-up--great!) for Sunday services on November 1st.


   October 2015   

Upcoming Events



"Pride" Film
7:30 PM
Film is a prelude to National Coming Out Day on October 11. Doors open at 7:00 pm; showing at our church. Film is rated R--parental discretion advised.


Sunday Service and Children's Programs
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Treats, refreshments, and fellowship to follow
Congregational Meeting
11:45 AM
Open dialog between UU Board and congregation regarding vision and challenge grant. Your input & participation are valued.
CROP Walk for Hunger
1:30 PM
Registration begins at 12:30 pm; walk begins at 1:30 pm at capitol building.


UU Men's Get-Together
5:30 PM
Luft, downtown Bismarck; all men welcome!


UU Women's Lunch at Minervas
12:00 PM
Minervas at Kelly Inn off State Street; all women welcome!


Sunday Service and Children's Programs
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Treats, refreshments, and fellowship to follow
Place Meeting
11:45 AM
UU Youth Social Justice Project Team
11:45 AM
Discussion of expanding sock drive message
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