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Holiness of Life: Adoration, Awe, Service


Who? -

A small group of clergy-in-charge of parish churches working together with experienced trainer/coaches

To do what? -

An exploration of priesthood as lived in the parish church. The starting place will be Evelyn Underhill's understanding of the relationship of adoration and awe in relation to service. 

When -

January 20 - 24, 2020

How? -

An integration of practical parish issues and Anglican pastoral/ascetical theology and strategy; with a touch of organization development.  Participants come having completed a significant course of reading. They each complete some work prior to the clinic. That work, is in part, based on the readings.

The advance work and time together will help you become more attentive to both your own dynamics around adoration, awe and service. We'll help you consider holiness of life as seen in your own experience. 

When we gather the trainer/coaches will facilitate a process in which the participants engage one another and the coaches around the assigned work and the issues and dynamics of their parishes.

Registration: By August 15, 2019

Participants: Must be the priest-in-charge of a parish church (a vicar, rector, priest-in-charge) 

Location: Queen Anne area of Seattle, WA. 220 W. Olympic Place, Apt 202

Participants: four or five

Trainer/coaches: Michelle Heyne, OA and Robert Gallagher, OA.  For more

Travel: Participants need to plan on traveling to Seattle on Monday the 19th (or prior to that) and departing on Saturday the 25th (or a date after that).

Full Participation: No late arrivals or early departures. Present every day from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm  


Tuesday- Friday. 9:00 am - 6:00 pm  

9:00 Arrive

9:05 Morning Prayer

9:40 Work session 

12:30 - 2:00 Lunch - in neighborhood; working space will not be available.

2:00 Work session

5:10 walk to Evening Prayer

5:30 Evening Prayer - possibly at Saint Paul's Parish; otherwise on site

6:00 End for day

PDF of schedule with more details

Beginning and ending times are firm. Other times may be revised as we go along.


Complete assigned readings. You need to come being very familiar with the material. Please read them again if you haven't read them recently.

Concerning the Inner Life, Evelyn Underhill, first published 1926  Look on Amazon.

The Priest in Community: Exploring the Roots of Ministry, Urban Holmes, 1978 (this is rare, you may need to pay a good bit for it)

Christian Proficiency, Martin Thornton, first published 1959  Try - https://wipfandstock.com/

Priestly Spirituality, Eleanor McLaughlin, 1981  We'll send you a copy

The Nearness of God, Julia Gatta

"Accepting the Human and the Symbol" pp. 148 - 151, Fill All Things, R. Gallagher 


There are three elements to the advance work.

1. A sermon 

Prepare and offer a sermon at the Sunday Eucharist(s) between now and December 1, 2019. Ground the sermon in Underhill's quote on Adoration, Awe, and Service -- PDF. As Underhill's thinking has appeal to the Apostolic, progressing, and possibly others (in a sentimental manner) you will want to take into consideration a core homiletic task -- how to preach in a manner that speaks to all levels of spiritual maturity while maintaining a tilt toward the Apostolic. It may help to review the "Shape of the Parish" chapter in Fill All Things. Here's a PDF of the model.

By December 5 - e-mail the sermon to Michelle Heyne. She'll send them to everyone as one PDF once she has all of them.


2. Connecting with the readings

Due January 5 (earlier would be good!)This work is your chance to relate the readings to your own spiritual life as a priest and person.  The document the instructions.  Word Doc - Reflections on the Readings


Core norms

1. Arrive having completed all the advance reading and work.

2. Be present 9:00 am - 6:00 pm every day. We begin with Morning Prayer at 9:05 and end with Evening Prayer from 5:30 - 6:00.  May change start and end times as we get closer.

3. Participants need to go out to lunch each day. Michelle and Robert will not be available for private meetings during the Clinic. We work during lunch and dinner every day of the Clinic.

Each participant arranges and pays own costs -- hotel, meals, travel. There is coffee available at Cafe Ladro and Metropolitan Market on your way up the hill to Robert's apartment. Tea and instant Starbucks coffee will be available throughout the day.

Workshop fee of $400 for those not associated with the Order. We have one spot available.

Hotels in the neighborhood  - all with a few blocks


Mediterranean Inn 

Inn at Queen Anne 

The Maxwell  


Four Points Sheraton



Background: The Order of the Ascension has developed the Parish Development Clinics. The idea emerged in our work on establishing an effective formation program for novices.  The clinic is just a small part of the overall formation program for the novices.

As we designed the program we realized that in addition to the OA novices we could include other people. We can manage a total of five participants.