Convocation a Brief History
Convocation: A Church and Ministry was incorporated in 1987. Colette Hoff is the Senior Pastor.
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 of service in the world. We are also a ministry that serves the work of developing worthy people capable of strong relationships and a life of service.
Our purpose is to learn to witness to a way of life that honors Spirit and its expression through each unique individual. We call people to be guided by the intrinsic experience of God rather than to look solely outside themselves for guidance.
We embrace an interfaith approach that acknowledges the wisdom at the core of all the world’s great religious traditions, the body of truth passed down through the ages (often referred to as the Perennial Philosophy), and the precepts of transpersonal psychology.
In summary, a group of friends became a church. People have come and gone and yet through 30 years of practicing and worshipping together, participants in Convocation have become a serious witness to the hope of interfaith spirituality. Convocation continues to welcome interested individuals to practice and worship with us.
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) 755-8404.
Program workshops and retreats are often held at Sahale Learning Center on the Kitsap Peninsula.
Pathwork"Pathwork" is a self-development series designed for both beginners and experienced life-time learners, seriously interested in incorporating into their lives proven spiritual practices, gleaned from the perennial wisdom of the world’s major religions.
This program 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.
Currently, the program meets under the leadership of Colette Hoff. It 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.
Studing Islam to better understand and respond to the social context in which we find ourselves. [more]
Quest, a Counciling and Healing Center
Quest 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. [more]
Our Pastoral Ministry
John and Colette Hoff, founding pastors, served jointly until John's retirement in 2013. In addition to providing spiritual leadership to Convocation, they coached and counseled individuals and families in relationships of all kinds for 40 years. John Hoff passed on Valentines Day of 2018. The decades of his heart, his wisdom and his teachings remain ALIVE in this community. Colette continues the practice of pastoral counseling.
Mary Colette Hoff, M.Ed
Colette is a professional educator and counselor with extensive experience in adult and family education. She uses community as a method and context for human growth and development. Her work is valued by both men and women. She also has a recognized vocation for working with women and women’s spirituality and teaching about the divine feminine.
Prior to earning her Master’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and a certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Christian Counseling Service, Colette spent 10 years providing nutritional counseling and motivational workshops for the NW Lipid Research Clinic. She has 37 years’ experience attending and facilitating the annual Human Relations Laboratory.
In 2000, she was ordained as a pastor by Convocation: A Church and Ministry, an interfaith approach to spirituality. Colette is a coach to many and a trustworthy guide for relationships for individuals, marriages, and families.
July 07, 1935 – February 14, 2018
Dr. John Lawrence Hoff, ThD
Founder of the Goodenough Community. Husband, Father, Grandpa, Pastor, Teacher and Friend to Many.
John died peacefully at his home at Sahale, surrounded by family and friends, after a long illness. Click here for his obituary.
John was a professional educator and counselor. His life’s work and passion was creating community as an environment for growing “good people”. John received his doctorate in theology and pastoral care from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ (1961) and trained by the National Training Laboratories (NTL Institute). His livelihood was earned through teaching, training and the pastoral care of individuals and organizations. He taught compassion and the value of relationship through his own life and faith.
Since 1981, John was a leader in the Goodenough Community System, Since 1987, John served as pastor, teacher and counselor through Convocation: A Church and Ministry. John retired in 2013. He continued to consult on a limited basis and was respected as a founder and elder in the Goodenough Community until his last days. We thank him. We miss him. We carry him in our hearts, in our work and in our service.
COLETTE HOFF PROVIDES
After many years of service, Convocation's pastor, Colette Hoff offers experienced guidance and support to individuals, couples, and families, in all stages and phases of the life cycle. She also provides organizational consultation to work and living groups.
Much of her work is done through Quest: A Counseling and Healing Center, which offers a professional context for the therapeutic work. Colette is a gifted coach and counselor, whose wisdom is grounded in years of practical application as well as continuing study of transpersonal psychology, the perennial philosophy, and current thinking about human development.
In her work with individuals, Colette recommends a careful self-study, including exploring family of origin and life history. For couples, she facilitates “friendship training” as well as assisting partners in acting compassionately toward each other’s frailties and limitations. With families she teaches the concept of co-parenting and a systems approach to empower families. Parent coaching and child study are two common activities in her approach. Her work with the Third Age—people who are preparing for retirement or experiencing the challenges of being elderly—focuses on supporting health and hopefulness and teaching the importance of ongoing relationships. She often quotes the adage, “mental health isn’t measured by the absence of problems but by the way you deal with them.”
Her recent close-in journey as sideby with her husband, John Hoff, through his passing has added another layer of wisdom, understanding, reflection and healthy conversation about death and dying.
THE GOODENOUGH COMMUNITY
This interfaith church is one of many springing up against a landscape of conflicts among nations & 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 action of calling people 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.
Some members of Convocation have committed leadership to the “Community of Practice Project” in which we are doing research on best practices for supporting individuals with a variety of temperaments and issues in living.
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.
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The Goodenough Community
P.O. Box 312 – Tahuya, WA 98588