The Adult Education Committee presents a selection of classes each Spring and Fall. Selections are based on member interests or projects with which the church is involved. Participants enjoy thought-provoking and dynamic topics. All points of view are welcomed. We also host “Jesus Seminar on the Road” lectures, Sunday Starter, and the First Tuesday Book Group, as well as sponsor a resource library on a variety of subjects.

Our committee meets on the first Thursday of each month and is always looking for new members to help plan and oversee our activities.  We are currently looking for volunteers interested in developing and presenting modules for Sunday Starter. Contact Kathleen Huddleston or the church office to talk about how you can get involved, and definitely join us for an upcoming event. All are welcome.

Upcoming Special Event

Presentation and Q&A with Donna Maxey, Founder/Executive Director 

RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism

Plan to join us on Zoom – Tuesday, January 26th @  7:00 – 8:30

Promoting social and racial justice is one of the tenets of Southminster’s mission. Beaverton, the most racially diverse community in Oregon, and Portland offer many opportunities for us to meet, become friends, and take action with our neighbors to make this a more just and equitable world.

Donna Maxey, Founder/Executive Director of RACE TALKS: Uniting to Break the Chains of Racism, will help Southminster move closer to our mission by sharing ways to meet and work with our neighbors – reaching across racial, religious, sexual orientation, gender, and ideological differences to address social concerns such as racial injustice, hunger, houselessness, immigration, and environmental justice. 

In 2011, Maxey, a veteran 35+ years teacher/administrator, retired and started RACE TALKS at McMenamins Kennedy School: a forum for diverse age and ethnic communities to “meet and eat” while having frank conversations–with total strangers–about life in Oregon and the USA through the lens of race. Since Covid, RACE TALKS has moved to virtual forums on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  More information is available here.

First Tuesday Book Group

Adult Education leads a book study on the first Tuesday of each month with books on Social Justice and Progressive Theology.  This is a drop-in club.  Some people come every month, and others come when the topic or book is of particular interest. All are welcome to a time of fellowship and lively discussion for readers. Click here to view the 2020-2021 reading list PDF. You can also join our Group on

Join us on Zoom Meeting ID: 926 7484 8140 Passcode: 622600

Sunday Starter

The Adult Education Committee is excited for this year’s schedule for Sunday Starter, 9:00 AM in Room 7. We believe that we have selected topics that will educate, energize and encourage debate.  As always, we try to select a cross current of topics that cover both religion and social justice topics.

Church Activism – Ongoing

The Adult Education and Mission Committees are working together to encourage new Southminster Activism efforts.  Several will be focused on with Sunday Starter modules this year.  Activism teams are Gun Violence Prevention; Climate and Environmental Justice; Women’s Health Justice; Immigration Justice; Mental Health and Criminal Justice; and Homelessness and Hunger.  Watch the Southminster News for more information or to join a team.