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Small Group Gatherings

Our small group gatherings are a great way to make the huge campus smaller and make meaningful friendships with other UW-Madison students. We offer a mix of staff- and student-led gatherings every semester. The list emerges from what the community is interested in, which means there will always be a gathering for you!

Some gatherings meet every week, while others happen less frequently. Click or tap the weekly gatherings tab below for a full schedule or scroll through the images below for more details about each weekly gathering. Click or tap the other tabs for details about less frequent gatherings.

SUNDAYS
Queerly Beloved ~ 1:30-3:00 pm (biweekly)
Sunday Football Watch Parties ~ 7:15 pm

MONDAYS
Service Club: Slow Food UW ~ 6:30-8:30 pm (volunteers must sign up here; first-time volunteers must fill out food safety form & send to mico@wisc.edu)
Bible Study: 7-8 pm

TUESDAYS
Leftovers ~ 12:30-1:30
Jam Session ~ 6:30-8:00 pm

WEDNESDAYS
Run Club ~ 6:20-7:30 am
Midweek Morsels ~ 4-6 pm
Music Team ~ 5:00-6:30 pm
Practice of Play ~ 6:30-7:30 pm (see graphic for dates)

THURSDAYS
Grad Coffee ~ 8:30-9:30 am
Created to Create ~ 4-5 pm
Freshman Connection ~ 7-8 pm

Each month, we host dinners at Pres House for BIPOC students at UW-Madison. BIPOC Faith Dinners are open to BIPOC folks from all religious, spiritual, or cultural traditions, as well as those who do not claim any such tradition. We gather, eat, laugh, and connect over our shared experiences as BIPOC folks on a predominately white campus!

“What’s Next?” is a gathering for graduating students to discuss topics specific to this life stage such as changing relationships, job search, grad school, finances, finding new community, saying goodbye, and more.

WEDNESDAYS (7-8 PM)
November 2, 16, & 30
December 14

FRIDAYS (12-1 PM)
November 4 & 18
December 2 & 9

Mid-Month Meditations are monthly drop-in mindfulness sessions. Join us as we connect and explore mindfulness practices from a range of traditions. For more information, contact Manato!

SEPTEMBER
Tuesday, 9/13 ~ 12 pm
Thursday, 9/15 ~ 8 pm

OCTOBER
Tuesday, 10/11 ~ 12 pm
Thursday, 10/13 ~ 8 pm

NOVEMBER
Tuesday, 11/15 ~ 12 pm
Thursday, 11/17 ~ 8 pm

DECEMBER
Tuesday, 12/13 ~ 12 pm
Thursday, 12/15 ~ 8 pm

Queerly Beloved ~ Led by Manato, Kamber, and Allyson

An affirming space for LGBTQ+ people to connect, share, and celebrate in community. QB is led by queer people and is open to all who find themselves at the intersections of LGBTQ+ identity and spirituality. Contact manato@preshouse.org if you have questions!

Sunday Football Watch Party ~ Led by Nathan and Olivia

The name says it all. Comfy couches, free snacks, and football. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just looking for a way to meet people, we want you here!

Service Club: Slow Food UW ~ Led by Evan and Jas

We volunteer with Slow Food UW on Monday evenings. Slow Food UW is an established nonprofit organization on campus that is dedicated to providing good, clean, and fair food for all members of the community.

Bible Study ~ Led by Anna & Emily

If you've ever been confused, intimidated, or enraged by the Bible, you're in good company. This Bible study is one where you can be honest about how the Bible makes you feel. All are welcome to join us as we read, think, and learn together!

Jam Session ~ Led by Sam

Come join our open jam! We welcome musicians of any instrument, background, or level of experience. Bring your voice or your instrument and be ready to work on our group goals of having fun playing music and improving as musicians.

Run Club ~ Led by Lauren and Jacob

Start your day off right with some early-morning exercise! We gather at Pres House before joining up with the November Project at the top of Bascom Hill for a full-body workout.

Midweek Morsels

Everyone’s favorite midweek hangout; every Wednesday, 4-6 pm. We serve up some delicious homemade baked goods along with free coffee and tea. The Wii is on, the puzzles and board games are out, and the vibes are immaculate.

Music Team ~ Led by Natalie

Bring your instrument, your voice, or your AV skills to open music team rehearsals! Our team has featured guitar, bass, organ, cello, violin, saxophone, flute, and more, and we play a wide variety of music: contemporary, classical hymns, Taize, gospel, etc. All UW-Madison students are welcome, and there are no religious requirements or expectations for music team members. Contact natalie@preshouse.org if you're interested in coming to a rehearsal.

Practice of Play ~ Led by Ben and Hailey

The worst part about growing up is that we don’t get scheduled playtime anymore. Practice of Play aims to change that with game nights! ***For the rest of the fall semester, Practice of Play will meet on October 19, November 9, and December 7.***

Grad Coffee Hour ~ Led by Andrea

A place for grad students to connect over free coffee and tea and enjoy conversation.

Created to Create ~ Led by Allyson and Ava

Interested in getting creative and having fun with other students? Join Created to Create, a space to respond to the stress of student life through creative activities and positive social interaction. We all learn together – no art experience necessary!

Freshman Connection ~ Led by Nii Addo

Freshman Connection is a great way to make friends and engage spirituality in your first year of college. It’s designed specifically for first-year students and we plan our gatherings based on your interests!
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