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Jul
12
Thu
2018
A New Era of Peace and a Peaceful Land @ CGR
Jul 12 – Oct 5 all-day

This exhibition, sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee and curated by the Korean Art Forum, collects rarely seen works by American, Chinese, North and South Korean artists. 

Responding to the speeches given by leaders of North and South Korea at an inter-Korean summit in 2018, this exhibition serves to communicate the following thesis: Peace is not an absence of war, but the living process of freely interacting with others and understanding their values and perspective, while realizing truth and justice.

Exhibit celebration: Thursday, September 20 at 4:00 PM in the Grebel Gallery. Free registration.

Gallery information

Summer hours:

Monday to Friday

8:30 am – 4:30 PM

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

 

 

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.”

Sep
26
Wed
2018
Noon Hour Concert: Far and Wide @ CGR
Sep 26 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

The Goodchild Grady Duo will present an all Canadian program of works for clarinet/bass clarinet and percussion.  The concert will feature Toronto based composer Shelley Marwood, Saskatoon composer Kendra Harder, as well as other contemporary composers. Some of the works incorporate theatrical elements and contemporary techniques.  The duo is comprised of  clarinetist Melissa Goodchild, and Kevin Grady on percussion.

Sep
29
Sat
2018
Taste of Grebel
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Friends and family of Grebel residents and associates are invited to share the day with us. We are planning a host of activities and events that will give you a sample of the student experience at Grebel. This, of course, includes a great meal and an opportunity to connect with students, staff and faculty.

Taste of Grebel Schedule

The day is planned for you to ‘sample’ what it is like to participate in the Grebel residence community. There are lots of activities designed to show you how Grebel residents, associates, staff and faculty engage in community life.

We encourage you to come for the whole day and take in as much or as little activity as you like.

Time
Event

2:00 
Welcome in the Great Hall – instructions will be given for how to make the most of your visit

2:30 
Student Life samplers – includes activities showcasing student clubs and initiatives, tours to places in the College you may not have seen before, and a square dance sampler

4:00
Academic samplers – mini lectures with our PACS and Music faculty or visit our Centre for Peace Advancement Gallery exhibit

4:45
Chapel sampler – a mini chapel including song and food for thought

5:15
Community Supper sampler – all are welcome to join us for the supper meal. You are invited to contribute toward the cost of the meal – baskets for cash donations will be located at the front of the food lines.

7:00
After dinner show – a sample of student talent – worth the extra hour!

Oct
11
Thu
2018
Backward/Forward: Reflections on Peace, Conflict, and Human Rights @ CGR
Oct 11 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Conversations with the 2018 recipient of the Conrad Grebel Distinguished Alumni Service Award – Dean Peachey ’82,’86

This conversation, hosted by Associate PACS Professor Reina Neufeldt, will focus on Dean’s current work and some reminiscing on the early years as the PACS program was emerging at Waterloo.

Dean is currently the Acting Executive Director at Global College, at the University of Winnipeg where he is coordinator of the Human Rights Program, and is a member of the joint committee administering the Joint MA in Peace and Conflict Studies between the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba.

Join us for this conversation and the award presentation, followed by a reception.

Dean’s wife, Melissa Miller, will be joining us for this event. Dean and Missy were Senior Residents from 1978 to 1980 while Dean was completing his MA in Psychology from UW in 1982 and then finished a PhD in Psychology in 1986 at UW.

Dean’s roots were in the Mennonite community in Belleville, PA. He had a passion for active peacemaking as a student. As a student organizer Dean played a key role in a Symposium on Non-Violence, hosted at Conrad Grebel from January 14-17, 1975 that included Gene Sharp as a keynote presenter. The transcripts for this conference were recently donated to the archives by Grebel alum, Ralph Torrie ’79.

The impetus for this symposium helped to lay the ground work for what would become the Peace and Conflict Studies Institute at Grebel and soon became part of the academic offerings in the Faculty of Arts.

Dean taught as a sessional instructor was an adjunct instructor between 1990-2000 in PACS in courses like  PACS 302A GE – “Community Conflict Resolution”. During this time Dean laid the ground work for establishing the Network for Conflict Resolution, which emerged from a coalition of community-based conflict resolution agencies across Canada and hosting national conferences. Dean Peachey became the national coordinator and in 1992, the Network moved to office space at Conrad Grebel College, where it remained until summer 2002.

Read more about Dean Peachey.

Oct
17
Wed
2018
Noon Hour Concert: The Water is Wide @ CGR
Oct 17 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Soprano Ellen McAteer and pianist Geoffrey Conquer present an afternoon of love, longing, and laughter.  ‘The Water is Wide’ will journey from Mozart’s charming lieder to Canteloube’s haunting Chants d’Auvergne (Songs of the Auvergne) to selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn), ending with Britten’s beautiful folksong settings.

Ellen McAteer is a Toronto based soprano.  Geoffrey Conquer is the accompanist for the Toronto Children’s Chorus and a well known solo artist.

Oct
18
Thu
2018
Memory, Identity, and the Sermon on the Mount @ CGR
Oct 18 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The 2018 Benjamin Eby Lecture features Professor Alicia Batten, presenting ‘Memory, Identity, and the Sermon on the Mount: The Case of André Trocmé.’

The communities of the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon in France have become famous for their efforts to rescue refugees fleeing from authorities during WWII. One of the leaders in particular, pastor André Trocmé, has received considerable attention. This presentation centres upon Trocmé’s interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount at various points in his life, and explores how social memory and identity figure significantly in the interpretation and use of biblical texts.

Oct
19
Fri
2018
Empowered Women Preach @ CGR
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm

Come be empowered at this two-day conference with a variety of speakers, exploring how the pulpit supports Spirit-filled women who are encouraged and equipped to proclaim Christ for the renewal of their local church.

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 , which has been claimed by various cultures and nationalities over time, adding to the poetic complexity of these works of cultural translation.

Join us for the exhibit launch on Tuesday, October 23, at 4:30 PM.

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.

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.

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

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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Nov
18
Sun
2018
Considering Matthew Shepard: UW Chamber Choir & Grand Philharmonic Chamber Choir @ HH
Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 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.

Restorative Justice Week with Ray and Vi Donavan @ CGR
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Conrad Grebel University College and Mennonite Central Committee Ontario are excited to be hosting Ray & Vi Donovan from the United Kingdom as guest speakers for Restorative Justice Week in November.  As parents of an 18 year old boy murdered in the street 16 years ago, they work passionately to give voice to a restorative justice approach, through education and creating system change in areas such as policing and probation.  

Save the date for two public events:

Sunday, November 18th at 7 – 9 pm
in The Great Hall, Grebel.  Details forthcoming

November 26 – 28’The Power of Restorative Justice: Philosophy and Practice”
A three day skills training workshop led by Ray and Vi, offered as an elective in the Conflict Management Certificate Program.  Register by October 1st for the best available rate.

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Across the Creek Alumni – Doon Lantern Light Tour
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Doon by Lantern Light Guided Tour

Join Grebel Alumni and Friends for a special Across-the-Creek event at Doon Heritage Village in Kitchener.

Back by popular demand!

From the Waterloo Regional Museum’s website: ‘Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century. Enjoy a guided lantern lit walking tour of the village and a carol concert in the church. Seasonal clothing recommended. Lantern Tours include a Christmas interpretation in three of the village buildings, a horse drawn wagon ride and a carol sing in the historic Freeport Church.’

If you’ve never attended this event at Doon before, it’s probably because it sells out every year in September, very soon after tickets go on sale. It’s a wonderful way to start the Christmas season while learning a little history.

Family friendly! Limited tickets available for College Alumni.

Please contact Alison Enns for tickets. 519-885-0220 x24217
 

Feb
7
Thu
2019
Take me to the Waters: Baptism, Commitment, and the Church
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies will host Dr. Irma Fast Dueck from Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg. Fast Dueck is a practical theologian who will explore the topic of young people in the Mennonite church today, speaking on young people in the Mennonite church today.

Join Fast Dueck for a public lecture on February 7 and a youth panel on February 8.

For more information, visit: http://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events/lecture-series/bechtel-lectures 

Feb
8
Fri
2019
Take me to the Waters: Baptism, Commitment, and the Church
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies will host Dr. Irma Fast Dueck from Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg. Fast Dueck is a practical theologian who will explore the topic of young people in the Mennonite church today, speaking on young people in the Mennonite church today.

Join Fast Dueck for a public lecture on February 7 and a youth panel on February 8.

For more information, visit: http://uwaterloo.ca/grebel/events/lecture-series/bechtel-lectures