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.

December 9: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
In this New York Times best-selling novel on October 11th, 1943, a British spy plane crashes into Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. But just one of the girls has a chance at survival. Arrested by the Gestapo, “Verity” is given a choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution. They’ll get the truth out of her. Only, it won’t be what they expect. Reserve this title at your local library.

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.


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.

December 3: The First Christmas by John Dominic Crossan
Two of today’s top Jesus scholars, Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, join forces to show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story as it appears in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. As they did for Easter in their previous book, The Last Week, here they explore the beginning of the life of Christ, peeling away the sentimentalism that has built up over the last two thousand years around this most well-known of all stories to reveal the truth of what the gospels actually say. Borg and Crossan help us to see this well-known narrative afresh by answering the question, “What do these stories mean? ” in the context of both the first century and the twenty-first century. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine. Reserve this title at your local library.

January 7:  The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
From the Pulitzer Prize finalist, “the single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. border policy” (The Atlantic). In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the “Devil’s Highway.” Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them. The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a “book of the year” in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic. Reserve this title at your local library.


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 >>>