Adult Christian Formation

The Inspiration of St. Matthew, Caravaggio, 1602
slow religion: The gospel according to LUKE

Class Materials

Please click on the buttons below to view/print the weeks' materials and to access the Slow Religion zoom call.
Church of the Ascension /Seattle
Meeting ID: 878 8609 9703
Passcode: 993109
Slow Religion is taught by parishioners Joe Jennings, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Gene Lemcio and The Rev. Heather Wenrick.
the gospel according to LUKE

Slow Religion

Our Slow Religion/Matthew class ends on April 18th, 2023. We currently plan to start the new class on the Gospel according to Luke on September 12th, 2023. Below is our current class schedule.

Please let me know that you would like to host the class and if this schedule works for you for the fall.

Each week’s attendees are provided an outline, overview and background readings for a chapter or section of a chapter. Reading the outline is sufficient, reading more provides a deeper context for the class.

The class is created and led by Joe Jennings and advisors include: the Rev. Zoila Schoenbrun and the Rev. Robert Gieselmann, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Belvedere, CA; the Rev. Br. Richard Edward Helmer, Episcopal Church of our Saviour, Mill Valley, CA; and Eugene E. Lemcio, PhD, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Seattle Pacific University and the Rev. Heather Wenrick, the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Seattle.

Classes are held via ZOOM each Tuesday from 4PM to 5PM.

Bible Study

Questions? Email Jane at
Bible Study Zoom Link
May 7th - May 28th
Sunday's 9am - Dewitt Hall
Adult Bible Study meets Sunday Morning 9-9:45am in a hybrid zoom meeting. Join the group in person in Dewitt Hall or at the Zoom link above.
What are these books and what do they have to tell us? Does your bible include these books between the Old and New Testaments? Join us for this short study May 7th through May 28th. 
Weekly Topics:
May 7th: Introduction & background on these Deuterocanonical books; 
May 14th: The Book of Ecclesiasticus
May 21st: The Book of Maccabees
May 28th: A selection of other books in the Apocrypha
adult christian formation

Adult Forums

At various times throughout the year we schedule Adult Forums to augment our intentional Christian Formation program. Through the insights and wisdom of outside speakers, discussion of contemporary issues seen through the lens of our faith, and conversation about how our beliefs integrate our life as Christians in the world, we are formed and transformed. Adult forums are often held between services on Sunday. Extended programs may be offered on Wednesdays in Lent or Advent.

Adult Forums in recent years include: community organizing for gospel justice, sacred conversations on race and racial justice; webcasts from the Trinity Institute; Creation Care documentary film nights; and Living Water. Our 2018 Lenten program studied “The Book of Common Prayer”. In 2020/2021, we participated in the "This Is Sacred Ground", a film-based dialogue series on race & faith. Watch for more information at this page.
Episcopal Church of the Ascension
2330 Viewmont Way West
Seattle, WA 98199
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