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Holiness of Life: Adoration, Awe, Service

page in development - more will be posted in the coming weeks


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 oriented to listening, especially communal processes and around the spiritual life of parishioners.

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.


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 - at Saint Paul's Parish

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





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 $200 for Associates of the Order of the Ascension (for those who are not novices or Professed Members of the Order of the Ascension).


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.