Affinity Groups

At Cedars, much of the community life of the congregation occurs in various social groups that Cedars calls “Affinity Groups.” Webster defines affinity as “a feeling of closeness and understanding that someone has for another person because of their similar qualities, ideas or interests.”

Cedars has groups of people who like to read the same kind of things, who like to sing, who like to talk with friends, and who enjoy discussing defined topics and causes.

To learn more about any of the Cedars Affinity Groups listed on this page, or if you have an idea for a new group and would like assistance forming it, please contact Affinity Group Coordinator Betsy Minkoff at or the Cedars office at

Current List of Affinity Groups

Cedars Dinner Connection (CDC)

Saturday, 6:30-9:00 p.m. once a month at selected homes. An opportunity to get to know new friends and deepen our connections with those we already know. Everyone participates in providing a prearranged part of the meal. The hosts are gracious, the food delicious and the conversation delightful. Sign up at Sunday services or contact Sheryl Hamm at least a week ahead of time.


Every Wednesday evening, 7:30–9 p.m. at Cedars Center. The choir is always open to new members, or people who might like to just “try choir” for a rehearsal. Contact: Chris Smellow,

Cross Cultural Book Group (CCBG)

The mission of CCBG is to further understanding, awareness, and knowledge of the “new American mainstream,” through literature and other media. We seek to inform ourselves about the ways–forced or voluntary migration, enslavement, wars and annexation—that diverse groups have become American. CCBG meets the fourth Friday of the month. Participation involves reading the book and attending a facilitated discussion. CCBG selections can be found at Eagle Harbor Books in the book club section. For more information, contact Barbara Golden at

Lunch Bunch

Noon, Sundays at B.I. Museum of Art Bistro, Contact: Donna Moore


Every Tuesday evening from 7:30–9 p.m. at *Cedars Center. No prior meditation experience is required. The group meditates for 25 minutes and then discusses a chapter from a book suggested by the leaders.

Spirituality Book Group

Third Friday of odd months at 7 p.m. at a member’s home. Everyone welcome. Contact: Mary Romeo.

“Spiritual Odyssey” Potluck Series

Friends or members of Cedars, who have agreed beforehand, share stories of their spiritual journeys during a shared potluck dinner and discussion beginning held the second Friday of the month (no potluck for July and August) at 6:00 p.m. at the Cedars Center. Child Care can be arranged in advance and car-pooling is always encouraged. Contact Mary Clear Padilla at

Monday Men’s Group

On the 2nd Monday Evening of the month in a member’s home. The group gathers together for friendship and support. Contact: Betsy Minkoff  –

Women’s Covenant Circle

Covenant groups are an opportunity for committed women to share experiences and feelings on a specific topic in a confidential setting.

-on Monday evenings (twice/month) in a member’s home (one group meets in both Poulsbo and Bainbridge Island and one group meets on Bainbridge Island only).
– on Mondays daytimes  (once/month) on Bainbridge Island in a member’s home. 
– on Mondays evenings (once/month) on Bainbridge Island in a member’s home.

 Contact: Betsy Minkoff  –