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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Programs of Convocation



Sunday evening - 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Alternate Sundays
The Community Center
3610 Barton St.
Seattle, WA

, the program called Pathwork meets under the leadership of Colette Hoff. Pathwork expresses a carefully designed curriculum as an interfaith circle of practice. Recent curriculums include:

  • Utilizing Buddhist principles and the work of Rick Hanson to explore the idea of using our brain to change our minds and move beyond habitual patterns of response.

  • Studing Islam in order to better understand and respond to the social context in which we find ourselves, and to develop an appreciation for the fastest growing religion in the world.




The program of Watchcare focuses on the whole of life. Community is lived in the intimate zone where members care about and respond to the events in each others’ lives. For more than 30 years, members and friends of the Goodenough Community have been offering the Watchcare of compassion and practical friendship through Convocation. 


Currently, the leadership of the women’s team (Hollis Ryan, Elizabeth Jarrett, Marjorie Gray, Rose Buchmeier and Joan Valles), under the supervision of Pastor Colette Hoff, holds responsibility for Watchcare. Jim Tocher is the Watchcare liaison for the men. Thus Watchcare speaks not only of the professional services of our pastor, but also provides an enriched experience of service through intentional caring for each other.


The Watchcare team appreciates knowing of specific concerns or of individuals in need of care in times of illness, death in the family, family transitions, etc.


Currently the Watchcare group is sponsoring training in Eldercare, an area of interest expressed by many community members. While one of our members presently needs specific care, we are using the situation to learn, knowing that Eldercare skills will be essential as we age. 


Quest: A Counseling

& Healing Center

Quest, a counseling service, is the most visible aspect of the Goodenough Community’s deep intention to see people actively involved in improving their lives. The community’s mental health service has been shaped by counselors and clients so that it has become a unique blend of education and therapy.



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