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.
also supports and guides Quest: A Counseling and
Healing Center which:
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
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
email@example.com) to continue a dialogue with us. If the
telephone is more to your liking, call (206) 323-4653.
Goodenough Community System