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.
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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, 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
COMING OUT STORIES
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
HOW DO WE HEAL?
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
CARING FOR EACH OTHER: WOMEN ALCOHOLICS
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.