Small Groups

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Join a Small Group with Campus Ministry

The registration for Small Groups is now closed. If you have questions about additional opportunities for faith-sharing communities, or if you'd like to learn about leading a small group in the future, please reach out to ministry@up.edu.

Registration for The Lent Project, listed below, will remain open through Sunday, February 23.

Spring 2020 Groups

Christian Men: This group for men will discusses what it means to be a Christian in modern society and how we can shape our lives to inspire those around us. Discussion will focus on relationships with ourselves, God and others. Hosted by Jason Ware on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.

Christian Women’s Fellowship: Through the study of scripture and C.S. Lewis’s “Mere Christianity,” we will be discussing Christian Virtues and their challenges. We take Romans 1:12 as our inspiration to be mutually encouraging in our walks of faith. Hosted by Marissa Rowley and Anna Wanner on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Endow: Join us as we talk about the dignity of women as reflected in Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Women. As women sharing snacks and ourselves, we will consider how worthy we are and the values that are important to each of us. Hosted by Ashley Robertson and Susie Rivera on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.

Fiat 90: Join a group of women who are seeking holiness with the help of each other and the help of our heavenly mother, Mary. We will gather and support each other through personal goals in prayer, fasting, and self-mastery as we seek to sanctify the body, mind, and soul. It is a great opportunity to participate fully in the season of Lent and the celebration of Easter, as well as for building holy friendships. Hosted by Essence Contreras and Diana Salgado Huicochea on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. 

How Can I Know God’s Care for Me?: We'll discuss how God reveals him/herself to us and whether our experiences of (God’s) love are merely psychological. People interested in examining why they believe what they believewhether that's the belief that they have a relationship with God or that God doesn't existwill enjoy our meetings. Hosted by Madeleine Lesieutre on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

Nurses’ Bible Study: This group provides a space for nursing students and others pursuing medical careers to find faith-based support. Our mission is to provide fellowship, discussion about what it means to be a Christian in the medical profession, and time with Scripture together. Hosted by Kelly Westberg on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.

Shapers Haven: This interdisciplinary group of purpose-driven creatives will act with faith to support each other, hone our crafts, and serve our community. Hosted by Joey Bacon on Sundays at 11:45 a.m.

Recalibration: Take a break from the stressful atmosphere of college and give yourself a moment of rest, reflection and resetting each week. Together we will explore different meditation and contemplative Christian prayer techniques so as to build interconnectedness, grow self-awareness, develop our authenticity, and reflect on what is most important in our lives. Hosted by Grace McDonnell on Mondays at 4:00 p.m.

Another option for faith community this spring: The Lent Project

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th! One of Campus Ministry’s offerings during this season is The Lent Project, which runs for a 6-week course (like Small Groups). The Lent Project challenges you to deepen your relationship with Christ through three commitments: daily prayer, weekly gathering with a talk focused on the life of Jesus, and a small group for accompaniment and accountability.  

Registration will take place separately from the above small groups at The Lent Project webpage, where you can find more information. 

What if I want to participate in a Small Group and The Lent Project? 

You are welcome to sign up for both programs! If you join one of the Small Groups above, we will not assign you another group on the Lent Project. (But consider inviting a friend from your Small Group to participate in The Lent Project with you!)


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. This 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 ministry@up.edu 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.