• 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

Office Hours
  • July 23 - 29  8:00 - 11:00 AM       M W F

Sunday
  • Sunday Service
    – 10:30 AM
  • 2nd Sunday Service
    – 12:30 PM

Announcements

  • Annoucements: What's Happening at the UU
  • What's Happening at the UU
     
    Jul 29, Saturday, 9:00 AM  Folk Choir Practice at the UU  Change in Time!
     

    July 30 2017,  Sunday Service 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM "Yoga, Breath, and Life Force " (Third in our Summer Mindfulness Series)  Angie will explain how the practice of yoga and conscious breathing can transform our bodies, our energy, and aspects of our lives for the better. She will guide us through a few breathing and grounding exercises so that in an instant we can feel the benefits yoga brings.Angie is a holistic bodywork therapist and an international yoga teacher who has studied extensively in Mysore, India, following the Ashtanga tradition. As a visual artist, she encourages her students to approach yoga-energy-body through artistic expression Her students' paintings have been displayed on our wall hangings since spring.
     
    Little Food Pantry in the News Many thanks to KX news for telling the story of the Little Food Pantries, to Aruna Seth for getting ours in place, and to all who have used and donated to our Little Food Pantry so far.  Our UU congregation has the newest little pantry in town.If you are in need, take what you need, if you have something to share, share. Our Little Pantry is in Memory of Sonali Seth. For more info, contact Karen Van Fossan, minister, at http://minister@bismanuu.org
     
    UU Camping at Cross Ranch State Park FUN: We are once again planning a campout at Cross Ranch the first weekend of August Friday-Sunday (Aug 4th-6th). This promises to be fun for all ages! Some activities available include nature walk, kayaks, canoes for rental, campfire (S'MORES), astronomy viewing, games,and spending quality time with other UU's! Please contact Elicia Faul at 701-425.3278 to RSVP. No reservation has been made yet--we need RSVPs first to make the camping reservation. So save your spot now.

    Sock Drive for the Homeless: Our congregation is collecting new socks, both adult and child sizes, for the Homeless Coalition's Project Service Connect event in August.  Just drop any socks you are able to purchase into the bin in the foyer of the church.  Our sock drive will last only until the end of July.

    Welcome House is back and seeking food and hygiene donations! The new shelter will open on August 1, providing housing for up to four families. Any and all donations of food and personal care items can be made at 1902 E. Thayer Avenue, Bismarck. Thank you!

    Green Card Youth Voices (Fargo)Book Reading at Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. Wednesday, August 16. At 5 PM, open house with Fargo Youth Exhibit on display. At 6:30 PM, book reading with 3 student authors from "Green Card Youth Voices: Fargo". Learn more at http://www.greencardvoices.com/. Free and open to the public

    Terri Burnor to join us as next Minister in Residence: Thanks to UUs from coast to coast, the UU minister-in-residence program was developed to support our small and mighty congregation, as well as our minister Karen Van Fossan, as we engage in solidarity with water protectors. Terri will join us from July 30 through August 2, and she will be looking at ways to enhance our communications, as we grow in both numbers and commitment. Terri and Karen graduated from seminary together, and Terri joins us by special request from Karen. Please help us welcome Terri!

     Tai Chi/Qi Gong Classes:Tuesday, Wayde Shafer's Tai Chi/Qi Gong classes will be meeting in the Community Room (upstairs) at the Bisman Communiy Food Co-op. Tuesday and Thursdays 7:00 to 8:00 PM. UU members who are already attending classes can continue at the new location. Call Wayde at 701-388-3942 if you have questions.

     

     

    *If you have any pastoral care concerns or joys, you are welcome to contact our minister at (701) 223-6788 or http://minister@bismanuu.org

     

                                      

     

     

     

  • Sock Drive for the Homeless

    Building on the very successful sock drive that our church coordinated under the leadership of our young people 18 months ago, we are conducting a brief sock drive for the homeless this summer.  On Thursday, August 17th the Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless Persons (MVCHP) will be holding its annual Project Service Connect event in cooperation with the library.  Project Service Connect provides an opportunity for people experiencing homelessness, or those at risk of becoming homeless, to obtain information on services available in the community, and to receive specific items not covered by food stamps.  During the past 3 years, while our congregation has been a member of MVCHP, the specific items distributed include blankets, socks, children's books, school supplies, baby supplies, toiletries, hats and scarves, HIV screenings, and blood pressure and diabetes screenings.  Glance Beauty Salon even provides free haircuts for adults and children attending the event. This year MVCHP has reached out to all of the local churches, asking them to consider holding a drive to obtain some of the items needed for Project Service Connect.  We have chosen socks as an item our congregation knows how to collect. A large plastic bin will appear near the elevator in the church foyer on Sunday, June 4th.  Please deposit any adult or children's socks that you are able to donate into this bin.  Our sock drive will conclude at the end of July.  Thank you for your participation in this community-wide effort.  

  • 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


    Two Sunday Services: 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM with fellowship and coffee in between

    Youth and children's Religious Education (RE) is offered during the 10:30 AM service from September to May. (While there is no RE during summer months, childcare and children's activities are available.)

     

    July 9, 2017

    "Celebrating 100 Years" with the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library‚Äč

    . Christine Kujawa will share a film and reflections on the untold history of this essential public institution. Christine serves as Library Director of the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library. (Please join us for a summer picnic after the 10:30 service. The picnic will replace the 12:30 service.)

     

    July 16

    Engaged Buddhism and Engaged Unitarian Universalism

    Pam Costain and the Blooming Heart Sangha

    Part of the "Water is Life" Series

    Engaging in social justice work changes us, challenges us, and teaches us. Pam Costain and members of the Minnesota-based Blooming Heart Sangha invite a conversation with us, hoping to learn from our experiences of social justice work, especially our solidarity with Standing Rock. How does working for social justice impact our spiritual practice? How do we become more engaged in our communities and the world? All are invited to share, listen, and grow together.

    11:45 AM -- 12:15 PM (between the services): Join us for a brief conversation about mindfulness and other Buddhist practices. You do not have to be a Buddhist to attend!

    Originally from Minot, Pam Costain works with the Nonviolent Peaceforce and has made numerous trips to North Dakota since the start of the water protector movement. Blooming Heart Sangha is a Buddhist practice community in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk who is well-known across the globe for his practice of “Engaged Buddhism."

     

    July 23

    The Gift of Silence

    (Second in our Summer Mindfulness Series)

    Brian Palecek

    We will explore together the use of silence in spiritual practice, including Quaker silent worship, as well as the music of John Cage, American composer.

     Brian Palecek is a humanities scholar, professor, activist, and longtime friend of the congregation.

     

    July 30

    Yoga, Breath, and Life Force

    Angie Swiec Kambeitz  

     

    Angie will explain how the practice of yoga and conscious breathing can transform our bodies, our energy, and many aspects of our lives for the better. She will guide us through a few breathing and grounding exercises so that in an instant we can feel the benefits yoga brings. 

    Angie is an international yoga teacher who has studied extensively in Mysore, India, following the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. As a filmmaker she has directed and produced three films about yoga. Angie also combines her experience as a holistic bodywork therapist into her yoga teaching. Angie is one of the teachers of the year-long teacher training program at Yoga For You. As a visual artist, she had her students approach the concept of the yoga-energy-body through artistic expression. Their paintings have been displayed on the walls of the UU for the past 2 months.

     

    Solidarity with Water Protectors at Standing Rock--Social Action Link

     

  • Office Hours

    July 2 -8  Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday- Friday from 8:00-11:00 am

     

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Upcoming Events

JUL

21

FRI
UU Women's Lunch at BisMan Food Co-op
12:00 PM
2nd floor meeting room reserved; contact CJ Larsen for questions 516.7848. All women welcome!
UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Choir Director Andrea Ficek can be reached at andreaficek@gmail.com.
JUL

25

TUE
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wayde Schafer to offer classes for beginners beginning Tuesday, July 11th at the Community Room (upstairs) at the Bisman Community Food Co-op, 711 Sweet Avenue, Bismarck ND . All ages welcome! Contact Wayde for more information: 701.388.3942.
JUL

27

THU
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wayde Schafer to offer classes for beginners meeting in the Community Room (upstairs) at the Bisman Community Food Co-op, 711 East Sweet Avenue, Bismarck ND. All ages welcome! Contact Wayde for more information: 701.388.3942.
JUL

28

FRI
UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Choir Director Andrea Ficek can be reached at andreaficek@gmail.com.
AUG

01

TUE
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wayde Schafer to offer classes for beginners beginning Tuesday, July 11th at the Community Room (upstairs) at the Bisman Community Food Co-op, 711 Sweet Avenue, Bismarck ND . All ages welcome! Contact Wayde for more information: 701.388.3942.
AUG

03

THU
Tai Chi & Qi Gong Classes
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Wayde Schafer to offer classes for beginners meeting in the Community Room (upstairs) at the Bisman Community Food Co-op, 711 East Sweet Avenue, Bismarck ND. All ages welcome! Contact Wayde for more information: 701.388.3942.
AUG

04

FRI
UU Folk Choir Practice
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Music practice at the church. Choir Director Andrea Ficek can be reached at andreaficek@gmail.com.
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