Convocation: A Church and Ministry
Teaching peace, understanding, and respect for all faith traditions
This interfaith church is one of many springing up
against a landscape of conflicts among nations and religions. If the
world is to be at peace, then our churches need to be about the work of
helping individuals understand the authentic search that each faith
represents. Convocation gathers individuals from various traditions who
work together to better understand what we have in common while also
identifying the issues that have divided us historically. We observe
that wherever interfaith work happens, there is a growing respect and
love among the people involved. That is true for us in Convocation! The
founding pastors of Convocation are Dr. John
L. Hoff and
Mary Colette Hoff, M.Ed.
The word Convocation refers to being called
together. We find ourselves called together by our own interest in
qualities of spirituality and areas of belief that come from several
faith traditions. This church encourages us to seek what is wise and
powerful in a variety of historic faiths.
One core truth is that our
faith should be manifest in our life, should be practiced. One aspect of
being called together is that we desire to be of service, to make a
difference, and to be a blessing in the world about us. The concept of
service or ministry is a natural expression of a full and loving heart.
We encourage participants to serve by passing on to others what we have
found helpful for ourselves.
Those involved with Convocation are
encouraged to be thoughtful and conscientious throughout their lives. We
facilitate a process wherein individuals assess their needs for
development and reflect on their goals as they attempt to improve the
way they live their lives. Programs encourage personal development,
sound thinking about relationship, and making and keeping agreements
with great care.
Meditation, prayer, and care-filled conversation are vital
resources for group formation and spiritual deepening. To this end
Convocation participants are encouraged to serve in the social network
that surrounds them and to pass forward the compassion and truth they
experience. While we are grateful for the ministry of our pastors, John
and Colette Hoff, our church encourages participants to value their own
service to others as an important part of our shared ministry.