Convocation: A Brief History
By Barbara Brucker,
Convocation: A Church and Ministry was incorporated in
1987. The Hoffs were hired as pastors in 1988.
Convocation grew from a group of friends who found
themselves called together to empower worthy people in lives of service
to community and the world. After a period of exploration, this group of
friends chose to develop a church and ministry called Convocation as the
most effective way to empower the call they shared. Convocation is a
community of faith which supports individuals who perceive their life’s
work as service and who are willing to commit themselves to developing
their own and others’ ability to be in service in the world.
Convocation is also a ministry that serves to the work of developing
worthy people capable of strong relationships and a life of service.
Teachings used in Convocation draw from the body of truth
passed down through the ages (often referred to as the Perennial
Philosophy), the world’s great religious traditions, and the ideas of
Our purpose is to learn to witness to a way of life that
honors spirit and its expression through each unique individual. We see
our role as calling forth the Spirit within individuals and encouraging
them to live lives of service to community, society, and to planetary
consciousness. We call people to be guided by the intrinsic experience
of God rather than to look soley outside oneself for guidance in an
extrinsic manner. We embrace an interfaith approach that acknowledges
the wisdom that is at the core of all of the world’s great religious
We have identified our overarching purposes as:
1. Offering a clear invitation, or convocation, to
spiritually minded people to value the full development of their human
2. Providing processes of discernment for helping
individuals develop their own spiritual path for attaining higher levels
of consciousness and greater energies for healing and leading.
3. Promoting both ideas and practices that demonstrate
and pass forward what we have experienced of healing and empowerment.
4. Witnessing in these times about the power of truth to
transform lives and problems.
5. Teaching and demonstrating how a network of
relationships can support individuals and families through challenges
and difficulties with less fear and stress than is usually experienced.
In summary, a group of friends became a church. People
have come and gone and yet through 22 years of practicing and
worshipping together participants in Convocation have to become a
serious witness to the hope of interfaith spirituality. Convocation
continues to welcome interested individuals to practice and worship with
If you find your self interested in any aspect of our
work, and want to become more involved, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org to continue a
dialogue with us. If the telephone is more to your liking, call (206)