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, February 7
THE ART OF BEING SECOND BEST
This program is based on a sermon by Rev. Russell Bletzer at the Unitarian Church in Lake Forest, IL which Dean Conrad describes as "one of the best sermons I ever heard...and a good one for Super Bowl Sunday!"
Dean's family were founding members of the Bismarck Mandan UU Church. Dean graduated from high school at Lake Forest Academy, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton Graduate School. Dean and his wife, Pat, have worked helping refugees resettle in Bismarck. They both worked in state government for some time.
Sunday, February 14--Standing on the Side of Love
REFUGEE NEW BEGINNINGS ON THE DAKOTA PRAIRIE
Turdukan Tostokova, Kaswara Isingoma, Christiano Mwesigwa, Patrick Ngabu, and Yasini Ngabu
Four young Congolese men--Kaswara Isingoma, Christiano Mwesigwa, Patrick Ngabu, Yasini Ngabu--will describe their journeys as refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo through a refugee camp in Uganda, and finally to Bismarck, North Dakota. Turdukan Tostokova, Director for the Lutheran Social Services New Americans Program of Bismarck, will discuss the support these young men received upon their arrival.
Sunday, February 21
THIS I BELIEVE; THIS I DO
Ursula Conrad and Dan Christ
Sunday, February 28--*In-Gathering Sunday
BUMPER STICKER THEOLOGY & THE FUTURE OF OUR FAITH (REPRISE)
Karen Van Fossan, Minister
If you could put all your beliefs and principles into just one bumper sticker, what would it say? Would it be exactly like your neighbor's, your co-worker's, your best friend's? What does our UU faith mean, when we each have a right to our own bumper sticker? Or to no bumper sticker at all? Together, we will consider a shared vision of Unitarian Universalism, even while--and because--we do not always agree.
A long-time member of our congregation, Karen Van Fossan began serving as our minister last fall. She also serves the larger community as a pastoral counselor and advocate for the prevention of childhood abuse.
*Join us for In-Gathering Sunday, when we formally welcome our new members into our congregation and affirm our commitment to co-create beloved community.