Our small groups are back after a holiday break! If you’re looking to find a way to connect with new spiritual friends and fight COVID isolation, we hope that one of the options below will be right for you. We are especially excited to welcome new folks to our community, so please take the risk of reaching out to us! 


Contact Pastor Gary VanderPol (gary@churchwithoutwallsberkeley.org) with any questions that you might have. Responses guaranteed within 24 hours! 🙂

Life Groups

The Original Virtual Group

led by Jake Qian
Tuesday evenings, 8:15 – 9:30 pm
Our group exists to form community and discipleship for people in circumstances that makes attending a weekly, in-person group challenging (e.g., parents of young children).



led by Anne and Ryan Park-Grant
meets weekly on Tuesdays, 7:30 PM-8:45pm
We desire to experience God’s extravagant loving kindness by connecting with God and with one another. During this season, we will follow the sermon series and pray for one another.


Racial Justice Lab

led by Lynn Lee & Kim Winkleman
Thursday afternoons, 1:00-2:00
This group experiments with creating a compassionate space that pays special attention to dismantling white supremacy in all the ways we worship Jesus.


Environmental Justice Learning Community

led by Gary VanderPol
Meets once a month in 2021
From the first page of the Bible, God gave us the honor of caring for this very good world. Healing our beautiful but battered planet remains one of our most fundamental callings. Shouldn’t Christians be known for our environmental justice activism? Our group will does the hard work of activism and lifestyle change in community, unlocking how a little church like ours can effectively combat a big issue like climate change.


Spirituality in Everyday Life

led by Loretta Matty and Erin Schweng
Tuesday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

*Note: this group is currently full, but please check back later for availability!*
We have an unstructured approach, but often include worship songs and time for sharing. We attempt to understand and experience Ignatian spirituality as well as engaging with historic and present injustice, especially as it regards race, in our culture.

Pastoral Care Circles

 Build community & find support

led by Vinita Lee & Gustavo Smok
Bi-weekly on Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm
Pastoral Care Circles provide a space for connection, bonding and community.  Come, be seen, and be heard in a safe, supportive environment. This is a valuable time to receive as well as to give support. NO commitment required.



Spiritual Direction Groups

Led by Sharon Henthorn-Iwane
Meeting when it’s convenient for you-please inquire!
God is speaking, but how do I hear him? Through group spiritual direction, we will form a little community that assists people in ongoing individual discernment.


Bite-sized Bible Studies

 Go deep into John 15

led by Gary VanderPol
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45pm, January 20-February 10 (5 sessions)
Have you ever just lingered in a classic passage of Scripture for a month? As we marinate in Jesus’ inspiring words about our connection to Him and each other, we hope for a profound and even mystical sense of our growing togetherness. Plus, Zoom is actually a great format for Bible study!

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