Community Groups at Southminster

The Celebration of Creativity Annual Art Show – March 5th – 8th, 2020 -Started over 40 years ago by a small group at Southminster, the goal was to meet the need of local artists for a recurring professional venue and to make fine art available and affordable to the community. We also provide money for scholarships and art programs as part of its mission to promote local arts by supporting art education. The committee sponsors three scholarships for the Beaverton Arts Commission’s outstanding high school visual art students. In addition, the committee has supported the Beaverton School District Art Literacy Program for the past 16 years with volunteers and donations.

Over the years, this showcase of local and regional talent has grown to become one of the premier art shows in the Portland area, famous for its beautiful presentation, a wide variety of media, and an ever-changing array of artists.

The Art Show Committee of Southminster works year-round to produce the Celebration of Creativity, inviting both emerging and established artists after jurying. Visit https://celebrationofcreativity.com/


Book Discussion Group – The book discussion group meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. Join the Book Discussion Group on Goodreads.

January 13: The Water Dancer by Ta- Nehisi Coates
“Ta-Nehisi Coates is the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race with his 2015 memoir, Between the World and Me. So naturally, his debut novel comes with slightly unrealistic expectations—and then proceeds to exceed them. The Water Dancer . . . is a work of both staggering imagination and rich historical significance. . . . What’s most powerful is the way Coates enlists his notions of the fantastic, as well as his fluid prose, to probe a wound that never seems to heal. . . . Timeless and instantly canon-worthy.”—Rolling Stone Reserve this title at your local library.

February 10: White Rage by Carol Anderson
Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.


First Tuesday Book Group – Meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Click here to view the 2019-2020 reading list PDF. You can also join our Group on Goodreads.com.

February 4: Post Traumatic Church Syndrome by Reba Riley
Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome takes you by the hand and reminds you that sometimes you first have to be lost in order to be found. Written with humor and personality, this debut memoir recounts a woman’s spiritual quest of experiencing thirty religions before her 30th birthday.

March 3: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
Gates’s unforgettable narrative is backed by startling data as she presents the issues that most need our attention―from child marriage to lack of access to contraceptives to gender inequity in the workplace. And, for the first time, she writes about her personal life and the road to equality in her own marriage. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world―and ourselves.

Writing with emotion, candor, and grace, she introduces us to remarkable women and shows the power of connecting with one another. When we lift others up, they lift us up, too.


Super Wednesdays –  An inclusive group who gather for discussion and friendship. As we are finding through research, friendships and socialization are imperative for maintaining a strong mind as we age. However, it’s never too early to start! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in regardless of age. The broader the span, the healthier the perspective. The group atmosphere is warm and accepting and embraces sharing. There is time for serious thought as well as time for laughter and joy. Come have a cup of coffee or tea and join the shared camaraderie. You’ll be glad you did. There is no commitment, just drop in Room 7, at 10:00 am on Wednesdays.

Water To Wine – Our most popular monthly social gathering where we sample wines from different regions. While we all learn a little more about wine, we think that the best part of the group is meeting fellow Southminsters in a relaxed social setting which lets us get to know each other better.

Women’s Retreat –  Save the Date! Our next Women’s Retreat is May 1-3, 2020. Southminster’s Women’s Retreat is an annual gathering of our community of women. Your retreat planning committee seeks to create a program to provide mind-body-soul connection and deepen our sense of community at Southminster. Our Women’s Retreat strives to be inclusive and invites all women (cis, trans, femme, and gender-non conforming) to join us! Learn more about our most recent Women’s Retreat >>>