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
  • Receptionist 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. 

    During the summer months, we share UU values through play rather than classroom activities. All children from birth through age 9 (or so) are invited to enjoy playtime during the 10:30 AM service. Youth (tweens and teens) are taking an active role in the services and are invited to participate in our Heartbeats youth group.


  • Interfaith & Intercultural Prayer Circle

    Sunday, August 19 at 12:00 NOON
    St. Gabriel’s Camp at Standing Rock
    Light lunch to follow 

    In collaboration with the Inter-Nātional Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC) we were honored to participate in many intercultural prayer circles as part of Oceti Sakowin Camp. On Sunday, August 19, we will gather with Water Protectors and allies from many nations and traditions, share prayers and intentions for our earth, and then enjoy a light lunch together. INITC is an Indigenous-led entity, bringing people together for the environment. All ages are welcome!  St. Gabriel’s camp is easy to find. Take Hwy 6 south of Mandan. After about 35 miles, turn left (east) onto Hwy 24. And there it is – east of the intersection of 6 and 24. If you get to Solen, you’ve gone too far.

    To carpool, meet at the UU at 11 AM. Questions about the carpool? Call Peter Huff at 318.458.5178. Questions about the prayer circle? Call Karen Van Fossan at 701.223.6788.


  • Blessing of the Animals: Multi-Generational, Outdoor Service

    Sunday, August 26 at 10:30 AM
    Speakers: Rev. Karen Van Fossan, Sofía Agudelo, Matilde Agudelo-Toledo, Angela Pittman, and Karly Pittman
    UU Potluck/Picnic at 11:30 AM Replaces the 2nd Service 

    Our companion animals bless our lives. In this service, we will return the blessing. You are invited to bring your companion animals, a picture, or both. We will celebrate relationships with animal family members and then enjoy a potluck/picnic on the UU lawn. Bring a dish to share if you can; if you can’t, come anyway! (We will gather inside in case of rain.)

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    Olivia Lone Bear (Mida-Xuba-wia)

  • Update: August 10, 2018

    In many ways, our congregation has been keeping vigil for Olivia and her family since her disappearance on October 25, 2017.    

    As we attended Olivia’s memorial service this past Monday in New Town, we often heard it acknowledged that her life, disappearance, and death have touched all of us – and that the extended community has been crucial to the family and the search.    

    Whether our congregants knew Olivia personally or came to love her through our role in the search, we had the honor of becoming part of that extended community.    

    Some of us have taken her loss pretty hard. Please reach out to a loved one, a support person, or myself if you need some extra kindness in your grief.    

    Thank you for all you are, all you do, and all we are in the process of becoming together.    

    Rev. Karen Van Fossan

  • August 1, 2018

    Dear Ones,

    For the past nine months, we've been helping to search for the vehicle associated with Olivia Lone Bear's disappearance -- and we've been steadily praying. You may know that the vehicle was finally found on the evening of Tuesday, July 31.

    I'm very sad to say that a body was also found inside the vehicle.

    At this point on August 1, there are still many questions about the identity of the person in the vehicle, as well as the circumstances.

    While we don't have all the answers, many of us are taking this news pretty hard. At times like these, we are reminded how much we need each other -- and how much our love and support for one another really matters.

    We have sent a card in our congregation's name to Matt Lone Bear, Olivia's brother and beloved friend of our congregation. If there is more that is needed in the coming weeks, we will let you know.

    It's a blessing to feel your concern, to have good community in which to grieve, and -- eventually -- to gather strength for the work of social justice again.

    Out of respect to the family, we will hold off on further electronic updates. I know our prayers, intentions, and support will be ongoing.

    With a full heart,
    Rev. Karen Van Fossan

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    Special Announcements

  • Our UU Congregation Receives Pickett Award!

    Congratulations, Bismarck-Mandan UU Congregation!

    Our congregation has received a great honor, having been chosen as the 2018 recipient of the O. Eugene Pickett Award from the Unitarian Universalist Association. This award, given annually to a small congregation, recognizes our ongoing solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors, during the height of the local movement and after the cameras have left. This award came with a gift of $600, which will help cover expenses of the ongoing Water Protector Solidarity Suppers. We do what we do because of our convictions and faith, not with the hope of public recognition. Still, it’s encouraging to know our larger tradition is with us in such a tangibly supportive way.

    If you'd like more information about the Water Protector movement or the Award, please contact our minister, Karen Van Fossan, at 701.223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org.

  • UU General Assembly Affirms Solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors

    We are honored to announce that UUs from many nations have affirmed solidarity with Indigenous Water Protectors, through passage of an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) at this year's General Assembly.

    This AIW honors the Indigenous-led Water Protector movement at Standing Rock & Oceti Sakowin Camp as a prayerful example of resistance to the general crisis of the earth, as well as of the rights of Indigenous peoples to control their own destiny. It calls on UUs to engage in continued education, reflection, and solidarity, especially considering the human rights violations of Indigenous Water Protectors who now face federal imprisonment.

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    Local UU Events

  • Social Action Working Group Meeting

    The Social Action Working Group will meet Wednesday, August 22 at 5:15pm at the UU. Please mark your calendars and let us know if you can attend.    

    We have had a some amazing solidarity dinners in the last few months. It's time for the Working Group to come together again. Ideas, suggestions, questions are needed as we plan what we want to do in the coming months.  

    Call Don Morrison at 701.527.0060 or email at donrm2010@gmail.com, if you have suggestions, questions, or to let us know if you can attend.


  • Little Free Pantry

    Donations of non-perishable items are needed and greatly appreciated! Please drop off food supplies at Sunday services, by the front door of the UU during the week, or directly in the Pantry anytime. Thank you!

  August 2018  

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UU Folk Choir Practice
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UU Folk Choir Practice
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