Standing On the Shoulders of Giants

As part of my day job as a real estate lawyer, I recently had an opportunity to search title to the property on which my old elementary school was built. The original deed showed my grandfather’s name alongside some of the other “legends” of the church community I grew up in. It was a unique reminder of how my experience of Christian education has really been a story of standing on the shoulders of giants.

As we celebrate 60 years of HDCH this school year, there is no shortage of “giants” to recognize in the story of how this place was established and operated. It is incredibly humbling to me to consider just how much those who came before us accomplished with so few resources but with such great faith and hope. I wonder what we could accomplish with our embarrassment of riches if we had even a quarter of their pluck and courage. 

HDCH’s 60th birthday finds us at some interesting crossroads. The city has crept its way out to our once-rural doorstep. New faces welcome us whenever we walk into the foyer as support and participation expands from an increasing variety of churches and communities. New pedagogies are re-imagining the way learning happens when we arrive in our classrooms. 

And our wonderful building is feeling its age, not only from years of service and wear, but from trying to keep up with the dynamic growth and change of who we are as a school community. As a board of directors, we believe that the time has come to renew our school facility, in a sense to pick up the task from those “giants” who got us to this place, and to position ourselves for all that God has in store for us in the years that lie ahead. 

At our fall membership meeting, we shared ideas and plans for facility renewal with the membership and asked for their feedback. This was the beginning of a community conversation; we look forward to addressing these comments and questions at a Town Hall Meeting with an expert panel on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm. We hope you’ll join us as we celebrate the past 60 years of God’s faithfulness to HDCH and vision together what His story might be for us in the next 60 years.

Allan Buist

Board Chair