The Goodenough Community
The Goodenough Community is a long-term experiment in community formation and
development sponsored by the American Association for the Furtherance of Community.

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Convocation: A Church and Ministry
Initiative 2 of The
American Association for the Furtherance of Community

The second initiative of the American Association for the Furtherance of Community began when the Association sponsored an initiative in spiritual living and asked Dr. John L. Hoff, one of the founders, to do a series of workshops about the perennial wisdom, that core of insights into humanity and spiritual living which is at the heart of the major faith traditions.. 

Inspired by the work of Joseph Campbell among many others, these workshops— such as Education for Enlightenment —led to the formation in 1987 of Convocation: A Church and Ministry. Convocation  is a separate 501(c3) church that focuses on the Perennial Wisdom tradition. Also, it offers support for those individuals who have a sense of their own life’s work and desire encouragement and guidance. Convocation celebrates its 20th year in the summer of 2008 and is one of several interfaith ministries in the greater Seattle area.

Convocation convenes a Pathwork circle on Sunday evenings and a variety of workshops that encourage individuals to claim their own faith including the content of belief and their own spiritual practices.

 Convocation also supports and guides Quest: A Counseling and Healing Center  which:

  • Provides watchcare to the members and friends of Convocation and of the larger Goodenough Community System.  Watchcare means what it says—the staff and board through being mindful of an individual’s intentions and agreements, and paying attention to their life-situation, supports individuals and families and shapes the services needed
  • Counsels and coaches individuals, couples, and families and provides a weekly “drop-in” opportunity for members and friends of the community. [this drop in is not clear in how open it is]
  • Offers key workshops formerly presented by the Private School for Human Development. Workshops encourage personal development, teach relational skills, leadership and provide training for intentional living and community leadership.
  • Offers to the general public the services of John L. Hoff, ThD, and Mary Colette Hoff, MEd,  each ordained clergy and pastoral counselors. Their ministries include creatively managing a variety of life crises and facilitating family reunions, weddings, and funerals. Their insights into community life allow them to be especially helpful to persons living in various forms of community.

If you find your self interested in any aspect of our work, and want to become more involved, please email  to continue a dialogue with us. If the telephone is more to your liking, call (206) 323-4653.


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The Goodenough Mission

A Church and Ministry


In Summary

The healthy social life is found

When in the mirror of each human soul

The whole community finds its reflection,

And when in the community

The virtue of each one is living.

          ~Rudolf Steiner



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