The Bismarck-Mandan UUs 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 or event! You will find:

  • A vibrant, caring, and accepting community
  • Deep commitment to social justice
  • Services that are spiritually, artistically, and intellectually grounded
  • A vital religious education program which helps our children and youth 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
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Phone 701-223-6788

Regular Schedule

Office Hours
  • Office Administrator: 4:00 PM - 6:00 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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  • Pastoral Care in July & August

    Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for information.


  • Celebration & Reflection
    Sunday, June 30, 2019
    Please join us for these special events on Sunday, June 30, as we celebrate four years of shared ministry with Rev. Karen Van Fossan. She is heading to Fargo to begin a PhD program, where she plans to study pastoral counseling in the context of decolonization. We will miss her very much -- and will send her on her journey with our blessings and our love!   
    Called by Justice, Transformed by Love
    with Rev. Karen Van Fossan
    @ 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
    In Karen's last service as our minister, she will reflect on the transformations she has witnessed -- and experienced -- in our shared community, as we have served together in ways we never imagined when we began. 

    Sending Off Party & Open House

    11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Join us between the services for a sending off and open house! You can leave a note in the guestbook, offer a blessing, share a memory. Or just enjoy good food -- and even better company. All ages are welcome!
  • Interim Minister Search: A Success!

    We are excited to announce that Rev. Elizabeth Sollie will serve as our Interim Minister beginning September 1. Elizabeth grew up as a UU and has served as a congregational minister as well as hospital chaplain. She brings experience and passion for social justice, pastoral counseling, children's Religious Education, and establishing covenant within congregations. Stay tuned for updates on the ways we will cover crucial ministerial roles during July and August. The Interim Minister Search Committee thanks you for all your support of this process!

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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 our 10:30 AM service, children ages 0-9 participate in quality Religious Education activities that teach UU values. Youth ages 10+ participate in the entire Sunday service and attend our Heartbeats intercultural youth group on Wednesday nights. All are welcome! Teens (8-12th grades) are invited to participate in teen-centered RE with wonderful mentors each Sunday during the 10:30 AM service. Teens and mentors will attend the first portion of each Sunday service — and then gather in the library.


  • Mindfulness in Transition

    Sunday, June 23 @ 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM with Jeffon Seely

    Inspirational speaker, poet, and UU youth mentor, Jeffon is also a practitioner and teacher of meditation and mindfulness, which can help us regain our center during the various ebbs and flows of life. Please join us for this reflection on presence, change, and flow.

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    Local UU Related Events

  • World Regugee Day

    Saturday, June 22

    12 - 6:00 PM

    Lions (Hillside) Park Shelter 1

    Boulevard Ave. & 16th St.

    Community Picnic and Potluck - international food, friends, and games

    Family Friendly Event


  • Parents/Teachers/Mentors Meeting

    The next meeting is Wednesday, June 26th at 5:15PM

    For info, contact Rev. Karen Van Fossan at 701.223.6788 or minister@bismanuu.org -- or Megan Carranza, chair of the Parents/Teachers/Mentors group, at megan.carranza@yahoo.com


  • Board of Trustees Meeting

    Thursday, June 27th

    3:00 PM


  • Interfaith Potluck

    Saturday, August 3rd

    6-9 PM

    Sertoma Park, Shelter 6

    There will also be a collection for school supplies.


  • 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. If you are hungry and in need of food, we hope you will take what you need. Thank you!

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    Special Announcements


  • Pastoral Care in July & August


    Dear Congregants,

    There are many ways that we can address pastoral care needs this July and August, after Rev. Karen Van Fossan has transitioned to Fargo and Rev. Elizabeth Sollie hasn't yet arrived in Bismarck.

    If there is an emergency: please call 911 and/or visit either Emergency Department.

    If there is a mental health crisis: please visit West Central Human Service Center (701.328.8888) during walk-in hours (M & TH from 8-10:30 AM and T & W from Noon to 2:30 PM).

    If there is a need for someone to listen & share peer support: please call or text Pat Conrad (701.425.6281), interim chair of the Caring Team, who can help connect you to a caring congregant.

    If you need to speak with a supportive UU minister: please text Rev. Ian Evison (773.326.9787) or send him an email (ievison@me.com). Because of his deep appreciation for this congregation, Ian has agreed to provide professional pastoral care by phone during the months of July and August.

    If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact us -- Marnie Piehl (701.220.2704) or Carol Jean Larsen (701.516.7848). 

    Thank you for your patience and grace during this transition time,


    Marnie Piehl and Carol Jean Larsen 

    of the Committee on Ministries


   June 2019   

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