March 25, 2020 Meeting Update

Communities of Faith are impacted by public health directives and government decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 25, United Church of Canada General Secretary Nora Sanders confirmed that church buildings were not named as essential in Ontario, and therefore need to be closed. No work can be done from the church except for a Read More

COVID-19 Update

Harcourt’s Council recognizes that our Community of Faith, like all other parts of society, is under great stress with the arrival of COVID-19. We are thinking about all who will miss weekly worship, small group gatherings, and connections through committees/teams that carry out our many ministries. We are proactively planning ways to offer connection through Read More

May 2019 Meeting Summary

Update from Council re Ad Hoc Seating Committee’s Report We thank the members of the Ad Hoc Seating Committee for their detailed work and commitment to lead a consultation process to examine and evaluate the idea of replacing the pews with flexible seating. That team includes Steve Pierce (Chair), Carolyn Davidson, Lynn Hancock, Sandy Middleton, Read More

January 2019 Meeting Summary

Council’s meeting on January 16 focused on three main components: Sonya Wu-Winter led our discussion about how a proposed Community Engagement Animator (Facilitator) position could further our work in radical or deep change. Her work with us since late August has highlighted that Harcourt’s approach to experiment, debrief and learn can help us to consider Read More

June 2018 Meeting Summary

Before Harcourt slows its pace over summer, Council experienced another full and important meeting on June 20. Our work continues through the next two months and some of our decisions will be ‘old news’ by September. For that reason, I share these brief Council updates. Facilitated by Peter Jackson and Bill Lord, we completed our Read More

May 2018 Meeting Summary

The long-awaited colours and warmth of spring that arrived in late May have been glorious. Do we notice more energy in our steps and new ideas in our minds? At our May 16th Council meeting, we stretched our minds to think beyond today while still attending to current questions and decisions on behalf of Harcourt. Read More

June 2017 Meeting Summary

Council News June 22, 2017 Council News: We opened our June 21st Council meeting by celebrating Miriam’s ‘bridging year’ and looking forward to her new ministry with us.  A short debrief of our May 28th meeting with members of committees/teams (summary notes were distributed separately): This gathering provided another opportunity to increase awareness about the ‘inside scene’ Read More

Harcourt 20/20 Update:

Following our Congregational Joint Needs Assessment workshop on October 22, the Writing Team has worked quickly and thoroughly to prepare a draft report. They met with the Harcourt 20/20 Steering Team and representatives of Ministry & Personnel Committee on November 2 to review and continue their work. We plan to hold an information/feedback session on Read More

September Meeting Summary

At our September 21st Council meeting, we focused half of our time on Harcourt 20/20, especially the three narratives that summarize our June Conversations. Through sharing our personal stories, we talked about how we keep balance while living the three narratives of feeling a sense of loss, feeling revitalized, and trying something totally different or Read More

June Meeting Summary

We extend our sincere “thanks” to the planning team who organized the wonderful celebrations to mark Wendy’s retirement from ministry at Harcourt: Kathy Magee, Joan Barham, Marilyn Sears, Cathy Dean, John Phelps, Gay Slinger, Alison MacNeill and others who assisted. Well done! Our June 15th Council meeting included significant items that focus on various aspects Read More