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:
We look forward to your visit!
Regular Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
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, November 1
SAMHAIN: SUMMER'S END
Christine Kujawa and Erice Stroshane
Samhain, an ancient Pagan festival, marks the end of the last harvest and beginning of the dark half year. Join us next Sunday to learn about the festival's history and connections to present day, including the popular autumn holiday, Halloween.
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.
Sunday, November 8
THIS I BELIEVE; THIS I DO
Angela Harmon and Kim Hocking
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, Angela and Kim will share their spiritual journey and how they live our UU principles.
Angela is a High School and Adult Spanish Teacher, a dance instructor, Spanish Club Co-chair, Green Team Chair and the president for Foreign Language Association of North Dakota. She lives in Bismarck with her mother, husband-Enmanuel, and two daughters-Yere and Alma. Kim has lived in Bismarck since 1988, working as a physical therapist. He is married to Juanita and they have two adult children.
Sunday, November 15
HOW CAN CONFLICT BE A PRACTICE OF COMPASSION?
Karen Van Fossan, UU Minister
As members of any group, we are destined to face conflict. The field of group psychology even suggests that groups come to function well (perform) only after passing through a period of conflict (storm). How might we approach the conflicts in our lives as opportunities for connection -- and practices of compassion for others and ourselves.
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, November 22
Susan Wefald will discuss her perspective on the importance of including women's voices in politics and government--and share her thoughts on the challenges women face who seek office.
Susan has served as ND Public Service Commissioner and recently published her new book, Important Voices: North Dakota’s Women Elected State Officials Share Their Stories 1893-2013.
Thursday, November 26
THANKSGIVING DAY POTLUCK
Hosted by Ann and Mike Knudson
Hosts Ann & Mike Knudson will provide the roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy plus a pumpkin pie and coffee.
Guests provide a side dish, salad, bread, desserts or beverages (including wine or beer).
Sunday, November 29
A CELEBRATION OF GRATITUDE
With Karen Van Fossan, Michaela Alexander, & Friends
Join a celebration of gratitude for the little and large wonders in our lives -- featuring storytelling, music, and an intergenerational activity.