Sunday Christian Formation

The aim of Adult Christian Education at Ascension is about learning through relationships. This year we kick off our adult education curriculum, beginning January 8, 2017, at 10:10 am (following the 9:00 am service) with three exciting parishioner-led learning opportunities.

Although each group is divided by age, all are welcome to participate in any of the forums, regardless of life station. Also, this year, we will modify the curriculum by holding three parish-wide Adult Sunday School options scheduled for September 11 and October 23.

For more information on these Sunday Adult Education groups, or to pass along comments, please contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin, or call the church office at 865-588-0589.

Note: Sunday, March 5, the Adult Sunday School Classes will attend a parish-wide meeting about the Justice Knox program.

The Forum Class

The Forum Class will engage Rachel Evans’ powerful book, Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. In this compelling memoir, Evans discusses how hypocrisy and pettiness of organized religion drew her away from the church, and how she found her way back to the church through the liturgy and sacraments. This class will meet in the Old Transept of the Parish Hall.

Growing Through Giving

How do spiritual practices outside of church inform our lives, and how can they help us grow closer to God? What does it mean to pray, and how do we approach scripture in a meaningful way? This semester the group addresses these questions head on, as each week will be devoted to a new topic. This week, The Reverend Christopher Hogin will lead a class on the many ways to read and inwardly receive scripture. The class meets in room 102.


The Sojourners will being their next study on Sunday, March 12. The book? Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle. Below is a write up from For questions about the Sojourners, email Les Hargrove at  This class will meet in the New Transept of the Parish Hall.

For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.

Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JCPenney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God’s love. From ten-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each chapter we benefit from Boyle’s gentle, hard-earned wisdom.

These essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heartreminds us that no life is less valuable than another. – From

Centering Prayer

For a slightly different approach to Sunday School, centering prayer will be offered in the library during the Sunday School hour, beginning at 10:10 am.