Meet FMUU's Minister

Reverend Karen Van Fossan


Reverend Karen Van Fossan joined us as our professional leader on August 1, 2020 and we are so happy to have her leadership and warm presence.

Reverend Van Fossan joins us from the UU Fellowship and Church of Bismarck-Mandan, where she served as minister for four years.  She graduated in 2015 with a Masters in Divinity from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minnesota.  She was ordained in 2018.  We love the worship services she provides for our congregation, her pastoral work across cultures, her ongoing participation in the Water Protector Movement and various support committees that serve political prisoners from the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance, and her ability to grow a congregation through social justice in action.

Because of her social justice work, Reverend Van Fossan and her former congregation were recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association with the Courageous Love Award in 2017 and the O. Eugene Pickett Award for courageous and exemplary social justice leadership in 2018.  In addition, she won the Sermon Contest for the Prairie Star District (now the MidAmerica Region). Since taking up her post, Reverend Van Fossan has been a clergy witness at the Black Lives Matter/One Fargo marches and protests and has actively participated in the successful efforts to have the Fargo School Board change the name of the current Woodrow Wilson school building.

Reverend Van Fossan offers two worship services each month (first and third Sundays). She also is the face and voice of the congregation in the FM community, including on social justice issues.  In addition, she is providing spiritual and pastoral counseling and assisting our Care Team members in outreach to members and friends.  Finally, she leading efforts to bring programming for children and youth online and to provide support to our religious education for all ages.

Welcome to Our New Staff Members!

Emma Hetland, Religious Education Coordinator

Emma will begin coordinating children and youth religious education on April 6. She grew up in Fargo, is attending MSUM for Early Childhood Education, and is excited to get to know our FMUU community.

Monika Browne-Ecker, Church Administrator

Monika has been our church administrator since March 1. She has studied Spanish linguistics and theatre and also works part time as the operations manager at Theatre B. As an immigrant and mother of an LGBTQ+ child, Monika is committed to the struggle for equality and justice. The FMUU mission and core principles align deeply with who she is and strives to be. Her name is pronounced moh-NEE-kah.

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