• We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • We believe in justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • We believe in acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • We believe in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • We believe in the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
  • We believe in the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • We believe in respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

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:

  • A vibrant and caring community
  • Connection to our dynamic congregants dedicated to acceptance, justice and love
  • Services that are intellectually and spiritually grounded in meaningful purpose
  • A vital religious education program which helps our children develop their spiritual curiosity and awaken their soul to our liberal faith community and wider world with love and purpose

We look forward to your visit!

Contact Us

Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation
P.O. Box 297
818 E. Divide Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58502
Phone: 701-223-6788

Regular Schedule

  • Service and Children's Programs Every Sunday September 7, 2014 - May 17, 2015
    – 10:30 AM


Office Hours

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday Services Schedule

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, March 1

What's Ailing the Land

Tayo Basquiat

Tayo will discuss one particular affliction in the human/land relationship and offer 13 ideas for what we can do about it. He is assistant professor of philosophy at Bismarck State College, a board member of the North Dakota Humanities Council, a contributing writer for the Northern Plains Ethics Journal, and active in the area’s local food movement.


Sunday, March 8 


Tamera Markel

Change is a natural phenomenon in concert with time. Tamera will talk about how patterns of change give perspective to life experiences.  Tamera worked as a speech-language pathologist for several years in the ND public schools and currently works as the communications/office manager at the Bismarck Mandan UU Fellowship & Church


Sunday, March 15

"Wealth Addiction"--Really?

Karen Van Fossan

 Is "wealth addiction" a real phenomenon afflicting millionaires and billionaires in particular? If wealth addiction is real, what, if anything, can those of us who struggle for economic justice do from here? Seasoned UU congregation member, Karen Van Fossan is a writer, licensed counselor, advocate for children, and seminarian -- due to graduate in April of this year.


Sunday, March 22

Life's Continuum: The Importance of the Segue

Valerie Naylor

 Beginnings? Endings? A continuum? In music, a segue is a smooth transition from one section or composition to the next. Segues in life can keep our spirits calm. Valerie is a long-time Unitarian and the recently retired superintendent of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. When she is not traveling, she lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota and continues to work on North Dakota issues.


Sunday, March 29

Scatter My Ashes

David Kraemer

What happens to us when we die? What do we tell ourselves and others at the end of our lives? How do we live in hearts and minds? This service is devoted to a Unitarian Universalist understanding of death, dying, hope, and immortality. David Kraemer currently serves All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Sioux Falls, S.D. He is a graduate of United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and has served in ministerial internship and field work placement in UU congregations in Fargo-Moorhead, Rockford, Ill., and Rochester, MN. He is a former journalist, and been enjoying the life of a modern-day circuit rider throughout the Midwest.

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Upcoming Events



Writing Workshop: Rumor of My Demise
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
David Kraemer to facilitate workshop dedicated to writing your life story. Also considered will be end-of-life decisions and planning.
All-Church Potluck
6:00 PM
Join us for an opportunity to visit with UU minister-in-training, David Kraemer!




Easter Sunday Brunch
10:30 AM
Bring your visiting relatives! Free-will donation for the brunch.


Adult Discussion: A Chosen Faith
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
This graceful introduction to Unitarian Universalism...draws on the common experiences of life and is grounded in a deep faith." It is a short (190 pages), accessible, and very engaging consideration of what draws us to our faith and what keeps us coming back.
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