Small Groups | University of Portland

Small Groups

Small groups are an integral part of our ministry at UP. We aim to create opportunities where students can connect with peers, ask challenging questions, and engage in personal reflection. We also offer additional programs, like Fish and Catholic Conversations, as an open space for small group discussion. If you have questions or would like to discuss which program might be a good fit for you, please reach out to

Create your own Small Group:

Perhaps you feel ready to take the initiative in forming a small group on your own. We would love to support you! This Guide to Small Groups includes tools for getting started, identifying goals, planning your meetings, and tackling challenges, among other helpful supports. The guide also contains links to additional resources. 

Campus Ministry is also eager to be a support for you as you seek to create space for faith-sharing and growth. Please reach out to if you would like to meet with a Campus Minister.

What is a Small Group? 

A small group is an intentional community developed to invite participants into greater intentionality in their life of faith. Members of the group can be from the same faith background striving to support each other in their way of encountering God or they can be from a range of faith communities seeking to grow in awareness of the ways that others integrate faith into their lives. The key is that the group is centered on mutual respect and the desire to help each other grow in their authenticity in their relationship with their neighbor and the divine.