Adult Education

Toothmarks on the Lectionary

Every Sunday, 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the Dorcas Room.  Morning participants will read the Bible texts for the 10:30 a.m. worship service that day. Classes include pastoral participation and background material to help prepare more fully for worship and listening to the sermon. Location: Dorcas Room

Sunday Mornings - 9:15 a.m. - Adult Education  -  Chapel

April 22, April 29, and May 6
Race, Class, and Gender and the Story of Christianity's First, Forgotten Creed
Dr. Stephen Patterson

The first Christian creed said nothing about Christ, God, or salvation.  Instead, it told the followers of Jesus who they were: children of God.  Among them, distinctions of race, class, and gender would count for nothing.  In this class, Patterson tells the story of that first, forgotten creed and its remarkable vision of human solidarity.  Patterson is the author of several books on the origins of Christianity, including most recently The Lost Way (Harper, 2014).  This class is based on his new book, The Forgotten Creed (Oxford, 2018).

  • April 22: No Us, No Them

  • April 29: Free the Slaves, Maybe

  • May 6: Here Come the Androgynes

May 13 and May 20
Bridging the Sacramental Divide
Dr. Karen Murphy

Can you imagine Pentecostal pastors and scholars talking to Roman Catholic theologians and scholars?  Dr. Karen Murphy can, because she has observed and researched these conversations in depth.  Join her as she assists us in understanding how the worldwide Christian community is working to understand what brings us together in Christ.


Adult Education -  it’s not just for Sundays anymore

Bible Study: What Is Grace?
First Thursdays, 2 p.m.            
The Rev. Gregg Neel      

Join us for a monthly conversation about the Bible and “What Is Grace.” We will read a selected text each month and talk about the questions we have about the text, what the text says about God and Grace, and how the text might inform our living. Bring your Bible if you have a favorite; we'll supply Bibles for those who don't bring one.


Family Education Classes

Family education classes are on break.


"Exploring Membership" Classes

Whether or not you're ready to become a Westminster member, in our “Exploring Membership” classes you are invited to learn what it means to be Presbyterian and consider opportunities for spiritual growth and meaningful mission. These classes are generally offered about three times per year, either on Saturdays or Sundays. Childcare is available on request. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is requested so we can adequately prepare. For more information, please contact the Reverend Laurie Lynn Newman at or 503-287-1289 x 115. 

Additional Opportunities

We have more educational activities offered in small-group settings, including a variety of book groups. Please check out our Community Life page for more information.