“The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.”

Anais Nin

Spiritual Deepening describes the process of moving fully into the richness of our experiences – our daily lives, our sorrows, our joys, and everything from the mundane to the sacred. And what better way to do this than in community.

In these tumultuous times, we need community more than ever. We need the spaces in which we can show up with our imperfect offerings to gather in common purpose.

Small Groups provide that space. A space to connect, a space to engage, and a space to deepen.

What are Small Groups?

A Small Group is a gathering of 6-12 people connecting, engaging, and deepening in their spiritual journey.

If you have an idea for an adult Small Group, please indicate on the Small Group Interest form or contact Beth Irikura.

How does it work?

After completing the Small Group Interest Form you will either be contacted for more information (upon request) or you will be placed in a Small Group. Groups:

  • typically meet monthly for 60 – 90 minutes.
  • typically share facilitation and leadership. Often, groups will rotate facilitators from gathering to gathering or will have co-facilitators from within the group.
  • are encouraged to follow our Monthly Worship Theme during their Small Group.
  • can use resources from Soul Matters, our partner in Spiritual Deepening.
  • can also design their own group focus for gatherings.

What’s the commitment?

When you join a small group you are committing to your own spiritual deepening as well as to the small community you are creating within that group. Some River Road small groups have been meeting for decades, while some are brand new – either way, it’s the commitment from each group member that creates the space in which we all grow and thrive. Newly formed small groups are expected to meet at least through the end of the congregational year in May.

If for some reason a small group placement doesn’t work out, you can contact Rev. Amanda for assistance in replacement or other options.

What are the Resources?

Congregational staff and experienced Small Group leaders provide you with training, meeting templates, a database of thousands of meeting session plans and Soul Matters, a collection of resources arranged by monthly spiritual themes, that deepen and strengthen your small group. These copyrighted monthly packets are available for RRUUC Facilitators/Conveners.

Who can join?

All congregants – members, friends, and newcomers – can join a group.


We will re-open the Small Group interest form for the next open enrollment season in September. Contact Beth Irikura or Natalie Schall for more information.