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Sep
12
Wed
2018
The World Remembers: 1914-1918 @ CGR
Sep 12 @ 8:00 am – Nov 10 @ 5:00 pm

In fall 2018, the Archives Gallery will again be a display location for ‘The World Remembers.’ Every day from September 12-November 11, 2018 the names of 1,033,167 soldiers and nurses on all sides of the First World War who lost their lives from 1918-1922 will be displayed at more than 60 locations around the world.

The commemoration is a unique expression of remembrance, reconciliation and education, and shows the enormous human cost of the war. The display will be accessible during the following times. Please note there is no Sunday access.

Monday to Friday
Saturday

8:00 am – 7:30 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Mennonite Archives of Ontario Gallery is on the 3rd floor of the Academic Building, Conrad Grebel University College. The Gallery is also the location of the exhibit “Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War.”

Oct
18
Thu
2018
Cultural Translation: Negotiated Third Spaces and Those Who Live There @ CGR
Oct 18 – Dec 20 all-day

Soheila Esfahani

This exhibition features the work of artist and cultural translator Soheila Esfahani. As an Iranian Canadian, Soheila has lived in what she calls a “negotiated third space” and her artwork emerges from her reflections on this experience.

Third spaces are the social and linguistic platforms which emerge out of necessity when cultures collide, and are key for the translation of culture. The work that is done in these spaces is a service to Canadian society, and often goes unnoticed. Through this exhibit, community members are invited to observe, reflect on, and celebrate moments of cultural translation.

The exhibit consists of two installations on this theme. Most of the art included in this exhibit takes the form of of blue and white porcelain, which has been claimed by various cultures and nationalities over time, adding to the poetic complexity of these works of cultural translation.

Launch reception: Tuesday, October 23 at 4:30 PM in the Grebel Gallery. Register here.

Gallery information

Fall/Winter hours:

Monday to Thursday
Friday
Saturday

8:30 am – 10:00 pm
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Oct
23
Tue
2018
Cultural Translation: Negotiated Third Spaces and Those Who Live There @ CGR
Oct 23 – Dec 20 all-day

Soheila Esfahani

This exhibition features the work of artist and cultural translator Soheila Esfahani. As an Iranian Canadian, Soheila has lived in what she calls a “negotiated third space” and her artwork emerges from her reflections on this experience.

Third spaces are the social and linguistic platforms which emerge out of necessity when cultures collide, and are key for the translation of culture. The work that is done in these spaces is a service to Canadian society, and often goes unnoticed. Through this exhibit, community members are invited to observe, reflect on, and celebrate moments of cultural translation.

The exhibit consists of two installations on this theme. Most of the art included in this exhibit takes the form of of blue and white porcelain, which has been claimed by various cultures and nationalities over time, adding to the poetic complexity of these works of cultural translation.

Launch reception: Tuesday, October 23 at 4:30 PM in the Grebel Gallery. Register here.

Gallery information

Fall/Winter hours:

Monday to Thursday
Friday
Saturday

8:30 am – 10:00 pm
8:30 am – 6:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Oct
24
Wed
2018
Noon Hour Concert: Like Minds @ CGR
Oct 24 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

This concert will feature an eclectic mix of music by Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, and Monk.  Performers Michael Wood on vibes/percussion, Steve Clark on bass, and Rob LaRose on percussion have a wealth of experience between them.

Oct
25
Thu
2018
Sing for Water @ CGR
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

At this public event, Jane Ramseyer Miller, Artistic Director of One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota’s GLBTA chorus and Artistic Director for GALA Choruses, will lead us in singing and reflection. She will inspire us to give thanks for the gift of water that is fundamental for all of life, and will challenge us to commit to the fair and just care of water for all people. Opening and welcome by Blue Sky Singers, a group of First Nations singers. 

If you love to sing and care about water, the environment, or Indigenous reconciliation, then you are welcome to join us! All ages are welcome.

The event will include musical support from the UW Chamber Choir. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a small vessel of water to the event for a water blessing.

Reception to follow.

‘Sing for Water’ is a Grebel Sings initiative.

Jane Ramseyer Miller lived at Grebel in 1981-1983 and was a Psychology major.

Sing for Water @ CGR
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

At this public event, Jane Ramseyer Miller, Artistic Director of One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota’s GLBTA chorus and Artistic Director for GALA Choruses, will lead us in singing and reflection. She will inspire us to give thanks for the gift of water that is fundamental for all of life, and will challenge us to commit to the fair and just care of water for all people. Opening and welcome by Blue Sky Singers, a group of First Nations singers. 

If you love to sing and care about water, the environment, or Indigenous reconciliation, then you are welcome to join us! All ages are welcome.

The event will include musical support from the UW Chamber Choir. 

Participants are encouraged to bring a small vessel of water to the event for a water blessing.

Reception to follow.

‘Sing for Water’ is a Grebel Sings initiative.

Jane Ramseyer Miller lived at Grebel in 1981-1983 and was a Psychology major.

Oct
27
Sat
2018
Living History: Indigenous and Mennonite Stories of Encounter @ CGR
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

How did you arrive here? What is your history on this land? Join the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario for a day of conversation about Mennonite settler stories and Indigenous histories.

The event is free. The cost of lunch is $12. Please register for lunch by October 17.

This Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario fall meeting is presented in cooperation with the Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies and Mennonite Central Committee Ontario.

Living History: Indigenous and Mennonite Stories of Encounter @ CGR
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

How did you arrive here? What is your history on this land? Join the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario for a day of conversation about Mennonite settler stories and Indigenous histories.

The event is free. The cost of lunch is $12. Please register for lunch by October 17.

This Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario fall meeting is presented in cooperation with the Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies and Mennonite Central Committee Ontario.

Perspectives On Peace — Where’s the Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies @ Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Register here KW Peace Symposium Series Where's the Peace and Justice? PERSPECTIVES ON PEACE A Critical Examination of Canada's New Foreign and Defence Policies Featuring ~ Guest speaker Tamara Lorincz : The Climate and Environmental Impacts of Canada's New Foreign and Defence Policies Lunch by donation- By FOOD NOT BOMBS : Admission is free and registration is required; space is limited- : Please Register by OCTOBER 20 on kwpeace.ca. SATURDAY OCTOBER 27, 2018 Noon - 2:00 P.M. KITCHENER CITY HALL, ROTUNDA 200 King St W, KitchenerDownload the poster (.PDF, 2 MBytes) Join the groups and organizations that make up KWPeace for a midday meal and a conversation about Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice and Climate Change.

Tamara Lorincz
Tamara Lorincz
The guest speaker is Tamara Lorincz, who is completing her PhD studies in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She will talk about Canada’s new defence and foreign policies and the environmental and social impacts such as climate, military spending, etc. The food for this event is provided by Kitchener Food Not Bombs, which picks up donated food from grocery stores, cooks fresh vegan meals, and serves these meals to the community for free! All groups and organizations working towards Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice or Climate Change are invited to have an information table around the rotunda. Please register to reserve your place.
There is no charge for this event, but donations are gratefully accepted to offset the costs.


What: Perspectives On Peace — Where’s The Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies
When: Saturday, 27 October 2018 from noon to 2:00pm
Where: The Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Location: 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Supporting organizations


logo: Food Not Bombs Kitchener Food Not Bombs
Logo: Social Development Centre Waterloo Region Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
Logo: Divest Waterloo Divest Waterloo
Conrad Grebel University College Kindred Centre For Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College
Logo: Christian Peacemaker Teams Christian Peacemaker Teams
Logo: AVP Alternative Vision for Peace / AVP-KW
Logo: Conscience Canada } Promote peace. Stop paying for war. Conscience Canada
Logo: KW Animal Save KW Animal Save
Logo: Climate Vegan Kitchener-Waterloo Climate Save
Logo: CUSJ Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice
Amnesty International Amnesty International Group Nine
Logo: #WRGreens Waterloo Region Greens
Logo: Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter
  KW Community Kitchen at St. John the Evangelist
Logo: WRN | Waterloo Region Nonviolence WR Nonviolence

KW Peace http://kwpeace.ca/ KWPeace is an umbrella group of many different Peace and Social Justice organizations throughout Waterloo Region and the surrounding area. We work cooperatively for a better world.

Register here

Oct
30
Tue
2018
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Oct 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON Map) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Oct
31
Wed
2018
Noon Hour Concert: Harp & Song @ CGR
Oct 31 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Harpist Lori Gemmell and tenor James McLean will perform a selection of classical music.  This concert features French songs by Debussy, Faure and Tournier, British Folk songs by Benjamin Britten, and Glen Buhr’s setting of Tolkien’s epic Tale of Tinuviel.

Nov
3
Sat
2018
Fall Open House
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come and see what Grebel and University of Waterloo have to offer! This open house is for students looking to attend UWaterloo in Fall 2019 or beyond. 

Between 10 am and 5 pm, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the University of Waterloo campus, attend information sessions about your faculty/s or program/s of interest, learn about co-operative education, and about the financial side of attending university. You can meet professors, staff, and students who will answer your questions about areas of study and student life.

While you’re here, be sure to tour Grebel. We have a fantastic residence and you can talk to faculty and students about Grebel academic programs and classes. PLUS, our cookies are beyond compare! Come try one for yourself.

For more information contact Rebekah DeJong, Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator: rjdejong@uwaterloo.ca

Fall Open House
Nov 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come and see what Grebel and University of Waterloo have to offer! This open house is for students looking to attend UWaterloo in Fall 2019 or beyond. 

Between 10 am and 5 pm, you’ll have the opportunity to tour the University of Waterloo campus, attend information sessions about your faculty/s or program/s of interest, learn about co-operative education, and about the financial side of attending university. You can meet professors, staff, and students who will answer your questions about areas of study and student life.

While you’re here, be sure to tour Grebel. We have a fantastic residence and you can talk to faculty and students about Grebel academic programs and classes. PLUS, our cookies are beyond compare! Come try one for yourself.

For more information contact Rebekah DeJong, Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator: rjdejong@uwaterloo.ca

Nov
6
Tue
2018
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Nov 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Weekly Meeting

WRN | Waterloo Region NonviolenceJoin us at the Queen St. Commons Cafe (43 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON Map) on Tuesdays at 7:00pm. We discuss themes and organize activities for Nonviolence.

Let’s build a better world together!

Want additional info? Contact us at contact@wrnonviolence.org.

Nov
7
Wed
2018
Noon Hour Concert: Debussy String Quartet @ CGR
Nov 7 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Four members of the KW Symphony will play Debussy’s First String Quartet, in G minor, Op. 10.

Don’t let the formal title of this extraordinary work fool you!  Debussy’s First String Quartet is anything but formal.  Its fleeting mood, ravishing grandeur, and subtlety of timbre eclipse the rigours of traditional form.  Follow that with the fun of William Bolcom’s Ghost Rags and you’ll find a classical road map to jazz.  Join friends from the KW Symphony in this performance of music that enlivens and inspires.

Anita Walsh, violin; Lance Ouellette, violin; Ethan Filner, viola; Sarah Gans, cello.

Nov
11
Sun
2018
Women Peace and Security: Dispatches from Time and Place @ Great Hall, Conrad Grebel University College
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A public forum to remember the impact of war and colonization on women and girls. Speakers include:

Lori Campbell Cree-Metis from Treaty 6 territory, Saskatchewan, and director of Shatitsirotha, the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, on gender and race

Carol Acton Associate Professor of English at St Jerome’s University, Winiversity of Waterloo on war and life-writing

Zaitun Hnin Pwint Phyu PhD student at York University, writer and storyteller of Rohingya refugees’ lives

Jennifer Henry Executive Director of KAIROS Canada on its Women, Peace and Security program with five global partners

Partners: KAIROS Canada, Christ Lutheran Church Waterloo, Shatitsirotha: Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (St. Paul’s University College), Amnesty Group Nine

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 at 2pm | Women Peace and Security: Dispatches from Time and Place

Nov
13
Tue
2018
International Humanitarian Law: Instruments of Peace
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us as we uncover the role that International Humanitarian Law (IHL) plays as an instrument of peace. This conference will address disarmament and arms control, the importance of education in conflict and peace times as well as health and disability in armed conflict. We will hear from experts in the field, including academics, practitioners, and representatives from the Canadian Red Cross society.

International Humanitarian Law: Instruments of Peace
Nov 13 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us as we uncover the role that International Humanitarian Law (IHL) plays as an instrument of peace. This conference will address disarmament and arms control, the importance of education in conflict and peace times as well as health and disability in armed conflict. We will hear from experts in the field, including academics, practitioners, and representatives from the Canadian Red Cross society.

Collation (Installation) of Megan Collings-Moore as Archdeacon of Waterloo @ REN
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Renison’s chaplain, The Ven. Megan Collings-Moore, will be officially installed as the Archdeacon of Waterloo. Please join us for a service of Evening Prayer with Collation in Renison’s Atrium.

All are welcome!

Officiant: The Right Rev. Linda Nicholls, Bishop of Huron

Sermon: The Rev. Canon Dr. Wendy Fletcher, President and Vice-Chancellor of Renison

Reception to Follow

Please RSVP to renevent@uwaterloo.ca or by phone (519-884-4404 x28591).

Parking code required for ENTRY and EXIT: 2526#

UsuryFree Day @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

No Usury Join us this year for a UsuryFree Day workshop on the fundamental factors of our economy in the heart of the community.

Nov
14
Wed
2018
Noon Hour Concert: V’la l’bon vent, v’la joli vent @ CGR
Nov 14 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

The KW Woodwind Quintet has chosen a program of delightful music by French composers to showcase the ‘jolie vent’ that wind instruments create. The concert will include Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, Debussy’s Children’s Corner, Bozza’s Scherzo, and Bizet’s Carmen Fantasie. Bienvenue à notre concert!

Nov
15
Thu
2018
Aging as a Natural Monastery: Spirituality in Later Life
Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join Bill Randall in considering the many respects in which aging is an inherently spiritual process—not religious necessarily, but spiritual (broadly defined). Despite prevailing perceptions of aging as a matter of inevitable decline, the challenges and changes that come with it can be experienced as Nature’s way of nudging us into the adventure of truly growing old (versus just getting old)—growing in insight, understanding, and compassion.

The presentation will be at 4 PM, followed by supper.

Contact Steinmann Mennonite Church at office@smchurch.ca or (519) 634-8311 by Friday, November 9 to reserve your spot. Cost: $20 cash, payable at the door.

Fill the Table Campaign Launch @ CGR
Nov 15 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Grebel community for a special ‘Fill the Table’ capital campaign launch event. You’ll be able to see the updated building plans that will enhance and expand our kitchen and dining room facilities. The short program will feature a few words from the architects, the board, the fundraising team, and students on the details and significance of this project. We’ll also share exciting news on our fundraising progress and provide updates on opportunities to get involved!

Refreshments will be provided free of charge. The program will begin promptly at 4:30pm.

Parking is free.

No RSVP necessary, but feel fee to contact Fred W. Martin, Director of Advancement at fwmartin@uwaterloo.ca.

We look forward to seeing you on November 15th!

Learn more about the Fill the Table capital campaign as well as the exciting plans for Grebel’s kitchen and dining room!

Nov
16
Fri
2018
Spirituality, Aging, and Narrative: The Sacred Art of Story Listening @ CGR
Nov 16 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Come explore the intersections between spirituality and narrative, and between narrative and aging, focusing on both the unique developmental tasks of later life, and the challenges aging poses to our stories. In the afternoon, speaker Bill Randall will introduce the sacred art of story listening and prepare participants to provide narrative care.

Register by Friday, November 9 to reserve your spot. Register Now
Please bring a lunch or enjoy local restaurants.

Nov
17
Sat
2018
Considering Matthew Shepard: UW Chamber Choir & Grand Philharmonic Chamber Choir @ HH
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

In October 1998, university student Matthew Shepard was targeted for his sexuality. He was kidnapped, severely beaten, tied to a fence and left to die in a lonely field.

Twenty years after that terrible event, we perform Craig Hella Johnson’s bold and transcendent work, which incorporates a variety of musical styles and texts, including passages from Matthew’s personal journal.

This is the first time this work will be performed in Canada.

Considering Matthew Shepard

University of Waterloo Chamber Choir
Grand Philharmonic Chamber Singers
Mark Vuorinen – Conductor

For advance tickets, please see GPH website.   

Prices:  Child $5; Student: $13; Under 30: $13; Regular:  $29.
Tickets also available at the door.