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.

Please join us at an upcoming service! You will find:

  • A vibrant and caring community
  • Connection to our accepting congregants
  • Services that are intellectually and spiritually grounded
  • A vital religious education program which helps our children develop their spiritual curiosity, love, and purpose in the wider world.

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
Map  •   Directions
Phone 701-223-6788

Regular Schedule

Office Hours
  • 1Receptionist Hours: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM,  Monday - Friday

    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 our Heartbeats youth group. Details below!

  • Love Trumps Hate

    Sunday, Feb. 25, at 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM

    Speaker: Rev. Karen Van Fossan
    Facilitator: Jeffon Seely

    Love trumps hate, as the saying goes. But we live in a time when whole groups of people find ourselves divided from those who could be our allies and even friends. How do we get disconnected? How can we get re-connected? And how can we address that little bit of hate, even within ourselves? 

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    Events and Announcements

  • Heartbeats February Schedule

    Heartbeats is back! Our beloved teen/tween program is on Wednesdays and begins at 5:30 PM with a meal and ends at 8:00 PM. Our February theme is WORLD CULTURES.

    Feb 21: Games from around the world
    Feb 28: Delicious food from around the world
  • UU Parents/Mentors/Teachers Meeting

    Join us this Sunday, Feb. 25, at 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM for a Parents/Mentors/Teachers meeting! The meeting will take place between services and we will discuss the following topics:

    *Children/youth activities for the UU Homecoming on Saturday, April 21.
    *The children/youth-led service on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day)

    Join us at these check-in meetings throughout the year:
    March — no meeting
    April 15
    May 20
  • IMPORTANT: Local Search for Olivia LB Vehicle

    Volunteers and drivers needed in Mandan! We are about to complete the Bismarck-based search for the vehicle associated with Olivia Lone Bear's disappearance. To help us search in Mandan, please contact our minister, Karen Van Fossan, at 701.223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org

    Meanwhile, Matt Lone Bear and family welcome our prayers and donations (Paypal at oliviabfund@gmail.com).

  • Camp Unistar Registration Open!

    Camp Unistar brochures are out and registration for 2018 is now open.

    If you haven't received a copy, check out the website for program and registration information. Priority registration deadline is coming up on Saturday, March 3rd, so be sure to send in your form soon!

  • Wellbriety Workshop

    Monday, Feb. 26 - Wednesday, Feb. 28 @ 8:30 AM to 5 PM
    UTTC Wellness Center

    Wellbriety Movement workshop is to introduce the local community to the concepts of Wellbriety. This is not a SPRC-sponsored event per se but we are helping advertise for our community members helping the White Bison and the Warriors of the 21st Century Program to bring this to our community. For more information, contact Gerald Packineau at 701.516.7011 or gpack81@hotmail.com.

  • UU and the New Millenium

    On March 4th, we will have the final service in the 65th Anniversary Series of Services, focusing on the new millenium. If this congregation has been a significant part of your life anytime in the last 18 years, we invite you to join a panel of speakers to share your experience. Contact Claire Lowstuter, interim Program Team Chair, at clairelowstuter@gmail.com. Thank you!

  • Special Taize Service

    Wednesday, Mar. 7 at 6 PM
    United Church of Christ (UCC)
    1200 E. Highland Acres Rd.

    All are invited to this contemplative, music-focused service in honor of Lent, a time of introspection and preparation for rebirth. The service will include Unitarian Universalist, Roman Catholic, and Protestant Christian elements. A collaboration among the Annunciation sisters, the UCC, and the UU, it will be held at the UCC.

    A soup supper, open to all, precedes the service at 5:30 PM. Special thanks to our own Andrea Ficek Falcon and the UU choir for supporting the music!

  • Mother's Day Event

    Sunday, May 6 at 2 PM to 4 PM
    Universal Playground in Mandan

    All are welcome to attend this Mother's Day event sponsored by Bismarck Interfaith. There will be crafts for kids, face painting, and stilt walking!
    For more information, contact hvanorny@gmail.com

  • UUA General Assembly 2018

    General Assembly 2018
    June 20-24, Kansas City, MO

    General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. For more information, visit https://www.uua.org/ga.



  • Community Garden Volunteers

    The community garden at LSS (Lutheran Social Services) is an interfaith, international, inter-cultural spot here in Bismarck, dedicated to good food and good community! If you're curious and would like info about getting involved with the garden this year, please contact Hamida Dakane at hamidad@lssnd.org or Karen Van Fossan at minister@bismanuu.org or 701.223.6788.

  • Caring Team and Pastoral Care

    Our Caring Team is a growing and active service for our UU community and beyond. If you need a ride, an in-home visit, a warm thought or prayer, please reach out to Karen Van Fossan, our minister, and she will be honored to put you in touch with one of the 10+ members of our (very) Caring Team.

    Of course, you are always welcome to reach out to Karen VF directly for any pastoral care concerns or joys as well at 701.223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org.

  February 2018  

Upcoming Events



Love Trumps Hate
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Love Trumps Hate
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM


Wellbriety Workshop
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


Wellbriety Workshop
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


Wellbriety Workshop
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM


UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM




Special Taize Service
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM


UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM


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