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

November 25
Update on Single-Payer Universal Health Care
David Young, Registered Nurse and member of Portland Jobs with Justice and Healthcare for All Oregon

Can an affordable, high-quality, publicly funded universal health care system be implemented in Oregon and/or the United States? Mr. Young has witnessed the effects on individuals and families when affordable, quality healthcare is inaccessible. He believes that health care is a universal right, not a privilege. A member of the study committee to draft a resolution of policy for the 129th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, he is an advocate for both legislative and initiative proposals for universal health care in Oregon. Come to learn more and share your ideas.

December 2
Harbor of Hope—Affordable Housing in Portland
Homer Williams, Chairman of Williams and Dane Development

Homer Williams is a well-known developer in Portland who has a passion for addressing issues of homelessness and affordable housing. Come hear about his efforts with Harbor of Hope and explore how we can continue to find new partners in providing our city with housing for all.

December 9
Poetry Again
The Rev. Beth Neel & Mary Ann Wish

Beth and Mary Ann will once again select poems to read and talk about, poems you might also enjoy. The selections might be new to you or old favorites that are worth revisiting. We’ll discuss biographical information about the selected poets and provide copies of the poems for you to ponder.

December 16, 23, & 30
No Classes

January 6, 2019
To Be Decided

January 13, 20, & 27
A Hard-Fought Hope: A Brief Journey with the Book of Job
The Rev. Dr. William R. Long, Former Interim Pastor at Westminster and Law Professor at Willamette University

The Book of Job is perhaps the world's most famous literary depiction of human suffering.  Like most famous writings, however, it often suffers from neglect or oversimplification.  The goal of this 3-week course is to try to understand the language, power, and abiding message of the Book of Job.  We will explore the course of Job's life, the quick and devastating reversal he faced, the nature of friendship in suffering, Job's twofold reaction of grief and anger, and, finally, the role of God and personal faith in restoring hope after tremendous loss.  The class will consist of presentation and discussion as we grapple with the soaring language, plummeting hopes, and surprising restoration of Job.


Bible Study

Join us for a monthly conversation about the Bible on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Gallery. 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 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.

 "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. 

Church Library

Westminster Presbyterian Church has a library with a wide variety of books available for checkout. You don't need to be a church member to use the library.

The library is located on the ground floor of the church near the 16th Street entrance. You are welcome to use the card catalog to find books or just browse through the bookcases and table displays. We also have a roving library cart that brings new arrivals to our post-worship coffee hour on Sundays during the school year.

To check out a book, our librarian, Judy Harrison, does not need to be present. Simply pull out the card in the back of the book, put your name on it, list your phone number, and write the date you're signing out the book. Leave the card on the card-catalog case. There are no due-date requirements; please just bring back your book sooner rather than later if it's a new publication. We also have a children's book cart for which no checkout is required, though we do ask that you bring the books back once you're done.

Library hours are as follows:

Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: During these hours, please visit the church office to have a staff person open the library for you.

If you have any question, please contact the church office during weekdays at 503-287-1289.

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.