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Join a Small Group with Campus Ministry

We are excited to have several opportunities for Small Groups beginning after Fall Break and running through the end of the semester (about 6 weeks). These student-led groups will focus on a particular theme or question and will take place at different times throughout the week. 

You can sign up for a Small Group via Engage beginning Monday, September 30th and concluding Wednesday, October 9th.

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  • Abiding in Justice: This group will be exploring current topics such as the Environment, Poverty, Immigration, and Family through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, one of the hidden gems of the Church. Hosted by Natalie Smith on Mondays at 4:00 p.m.

  • An Authentic Self for an Authentic Church: This group will openly and honestly explore how to bring our whole selves into genuine community with God. By exploring our preconceived notions about what it means to be Catholic, we will strive to move beyond an image of a judgmental church to an understanding of it as a treasure trove of wisdom and resources for all. Hosted by Faith Marcelo on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

  • Engaging the Church in Challenging Topics: This group will value asking questions as a way of challenging and growing in one’s faith no matter one’s Christian denomination. Topics for discussion will include: women in positions of Christian religious leadership, relationships between LGBTQ Christians and the Church, and Christian perspectives on interfaith dialogue. Hosted by Josh Bode and Claire Nelson on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m.

  • Hearts Together: This women's small group seeks to create community rooted in Christ. Each week we will eat treats, drink hot drinks, build relationships together and talk about who God says we are as daughters of Him. Hosted by Allie Clifford on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.

  • Koi Fish Fellowship: This non-denominational Christian community under Fish aims to bring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders closer together in their faith through weekly fellowship and events through the lens of our own cultural identities. Hosted by Paul Lee and Mitchell Tang on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.

  • Learning Differently: This group is designed to provide a safe space for those with learning disabilities interested in processing the Bible in new ways. Whether you want to read the passage more than once, write out your thoughts or take some extra time to process the scripture we are here to support you as you grow in your faith. Hosted by Sierra Faoro and Sarah James on Wednesdays at 7:00 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 Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

  • The Unapologetic Self: This group will be a place to explore who you are in relation to yourself, your community, and your faith, particularly during times of transition. Hosted by Alannah Clay and Bailee Kraemer on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

All registration will take place through our form on Engage. Please reach out to ministry@up.edu if you have any questions!

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 resource 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.