Sunday Christian Formation

The aim of Adult Christian Education at Ascension is about learning through relationships. All Sunday School classes are open to everyone! It is not necessary to have read the books being studied as all groups present the material in such a manner that everyone can participate. No prior reading or preparation is required! For more information on these Sunday School classes, or to pass along comments, please contact The Rev. Christopher Hogin,, or call the church office at 865-588-0589.

Parish Wide Class

The Parish Wide Sunday School class is currently meeting in the parish hall on the bottom floor of the church beginning at 9:15 am on Sunday mornings. 

We as a parish, and as the Body of Christ, have suffered loss, hurt, and brokenness due to circumstances of the recent year. In an effort to bring us back together and help us heal, the clergy and the Adult Ed Commission have chosen to present parish-wide Sunday school classes, just for the fall semester, to discuss where we’ve been, how we got there, and where we are going to go from here.
Sunday, September 16 – The Story of Us
Christianity began its tumultuous history over two-thousand years ago, with the cornerstone laid by Jesus Christ and then given to a rag-tag band of followers. Today the faith is the largest religion in the world with over 2.4 billion believers. How did this happen? Why did the faith so profoundly impact the rest of the world? What is its future? Kicking off the first parish-wide Sunday school class, Fr. Christopher Hogin will address these questions by giving a macro snapshot of Christian history, while at the same time challenging all participants to reflect on their own role as proclaimers and defenders of the faith.

September 23 – From Henry VIII to Bishop Michael Curry—Our Historical Legacy

Today the Episcopal Church finds itself embroiled in controversy on a multitude of theological and political issues. Although challenging, the church is no stranger to division. In this session Fr. Christopher Hogin will give an overview of the church’s complicated history, spanning from its inception during the Protestant Reformation all the way to recent issues affecting the church today. 

The Forum Class

The Forum Class meets on Sundays at 9:15 am in Room 101 in the bottom floor of the Christian Education Wing. This continuous Sunday School group, held in addition to the parish-wide program, provides lively and interesting discussion, a friendly bunch of folks and a place for newcomers to feel welcome and at ease, get connected to the parish and make new friends.  All while nursery is provided, if needed!   While we often cover major theological topics, we keep the class accessible, casual, and discussion-heavy.

This semester we will be exploring and applying various approaches to biblical interpretation.  In September we will set the stage by exploring historical approaches, from Jewish rabbinical and early Christian, up through the Protestant Reformation and modern critical methods.