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Jan
22
Wed
2020
Noon Hour Concert: Calgary Connection @ CGR
Jan 22 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Ralf Buschmeyer celebrates his return to Ontario with friends new and old. Michael Wood is a Stratford vibes player Ralf worked with while a faculty member of Ambrose University Calgary. Over the past few years, Michael and Ralf have played together frequently and have developed a sound inspired by the great Gary Burton Quartets. Clark Johnston is an old school chum of Ralf’s, both having graduated from Hamilton’s Mohawk College Applied Music program in the 90’s. 

The concert will be a mix of original material, Jazz Standards with new arrangements and classic Jazz-Vibes repertoire. 

Ralf Buschmeyer, Guitar
Michael Wood, Vibraphone
Clark Johnston, Upright Bass

Noon Hour Concert series proudly sponsored by

Jan
29
Wed
2020
Noon Hour Concert: Duets with Anna, Dan, & James @ CGR
Jan 29 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

  Bass Daniel Lichti, tenor James McLean, and pianist Anna Ronai are well known to local audiences.  Their program includes duets by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Balfe and Rossini.

Daniel Lichti             James McLean             Anna Ronai

The Noon Hour Concert series is proudly sponsored by 

Jan
31
Fri
2020
Bechtel Lecture in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies: Film Screening @ CGR
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

“Food & Faith: Mennonites Farming Locally and Globally”

Mennonite sociologist Winfield Fretz called farming the ‘sacred vocation.’  Even though fewer and fewer Mennonites are involved in it, we are all dependent on, if not blessed by it.  We used to talk together about farming and faith a lot more when more of us were farmers.  Maybe it’s time to talk again. 

Public Lecture | January 31 at 7:30 PM | Conrad Grebel University College
‘Seven Points on Earth: Film and discussion with Paul Plett’

Filmmaker Paul Plett captured the lives of seven Mennonites farming in Manitoba, Iowa, Bolivia, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Siberia and Indonesia. His film offers an unprecedented look at Mennonite farming and faith around the world. Come view the film and engage in discussion with Paul.

This event is free. Please register to reserve your space.

Reception to follow.

Press Release

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies

The Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies were established in 2000 through the generosity of Lester Bechtel. As a devoted churchman with an active interest in Mennonite history, Lester’s dream was to make the academic world of research and study accessible to a broader constituency and to build bridges of understanding between the academy and the church. This lecture series provides a forum through which the core meaning and values of the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith and heritage might be communicated to a diverse audience and be kept relevant and connected to the rapidly changing world of our day.

The Bechtel Lectures provide the opportunity for representatives of a variety of disciplines and professions to explore topics that reflect the breadth and depth of Mennonite history, identity, faith and culture. Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to host this annual event.

Feb
1
Sat
2020
Bechtel Lecture in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies: Breakfast Panel @ CGR
Feb 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 am

“Food & Faith: Mennonites Farming Locally and Globally”

Mennonite sociologist Winfield Fretz called farming the ‘sacred vocation.’  Even though fewer and fewer Mennonites are involved in it, we are all dependent on, if not blessed by it.  We used to talk together about farming and faith a lot more when more of us were farmers.  Maybe it’s time to talk again. 

‘Farmers Breakfast Panel: Breakfast and discussion with Ontario Mennonites in Agriculture’
Breakfast and Discussion | February 1 at 9:00 AM | Conrad Grebel University College

This breakfast event is a panel discussion of the way farming, food, family and faith come together in our various lives.  Whether you make your living feeding others or have your life because of their work, you are welcome to join this breakfast roundtable. The panel includes Angie Koch of Fertile Ground Farm, Chris Mullet Koop of Elmwood Farms, and Sarah Martin-Mills of Growing Hope Farm.

This event is free. Please register.

Breakfast provided.

MENU:

Hash-brown casserole, breakfast sausage, hard boiled eggs
Muffins, coffee cake, bagels, (butter, jam, honey)
Yogurt, granola, fresh fruit salad (including bananas, kiwi, apples)
Juices – orange, apple, cranberry
Coffee, tea, water
PANELISTS:

Sarah Martin-Mills: Growing Hope Farm, farming for 3 years, mostly livestock, a non-profit operation for learning and giving to others.
Lloyd & Shirley Frey: Goldenview Holsteins/Frey Farms, 3rd generation farmers, 90 cow dairy with feed and some cash crop.
Angie Koch: Fertile Ground Farm, farming for 13 years, vegetables, organic market garden selling through CSA (Community Shared Agriculture).
Chris Mullet Koop: Elmwood Farms, 5th generation and 21 years, commercial egg and grape grower.
Mark Reusser: farm near New Dundee, not sure how many years, broilers and cash crop, VP of Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Press Release

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies

The Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies were established in 2000 through the generosity of Lester Bechtel. As a devoted churchman with an active interest in Mennonite history, Lester’s dream was to make the academic world of research and study accessible to a broader constituency and to build bridges of understanding between the academy and the church. This lecture series provides a forum through which the core meaning and values of the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith and heritage might be communicated to a diverse audience and be kept relevant and connected to the rapidly changing world of our day.

The Bechtel Lectures provide the opportunity for representatives of a variety of disciplines and professions to explore topics that reflect the breadth and depth of Mennonite history, identity, faith and culture. Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to host this annual event.

orchestra@uwaterloo Concerto & Aria competition finalists performance @ CGR
Feb 1 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Every two years, orchestra@uwaterloo holds a Concerto and Aria Competition that is open to University of Waterloo students and recent graduates, and is judged by a panel of professional musicians.  The winner(s) perform in an end of term concert with the orchestra@uwaterloo.  This concert helps to determine the winners.  Out of 17 competitors (5 piano, 5 violin, 1 cello, 4 voice, 1 trombone, and 1 flute) between 3 & 5 finalists will perform.  

This contest is sponsored by Professor Emeritus David Taylor.

Feb
2
Sun
2020
Toronto Raptors Alumni Event – SOLD OUT
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Toronto Raptors vs. Chicago Bulls

Join alumni from Conrad Grebel, St. Paul’s, Renison and St. Jerome’s for a Toronto Raptors game vs. the Chicago Bulls at the Scotiabank Arena

Your $75 ticket includes a pre-game reception at Firkin on Harbour beginning at 1:00 p.m. Game time is 3:00 p.m. 

Ticket order deadline is Friday, December 20, 2019

For other questions please contact Alison Enns at aenns@uwaterloo.ca or 519-885-0220 x24217.

Feb
5
Wed
2020
Noon Hour Concert: Spirits @ CGR
Feb 5 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Spirits is piano/percussion duo SHHH!! Ensemble’s most ambitious project to date. Diversely inspired by composers reflections on the beyond, the nature of creativity, whiskey, and more, Spirits features two newly commissioned works from Canadian composers John Gordon Armstrong and Jocelyn Morlock. The programme is augmented by existing pieces by Andy Akiho, Micheline Roi, and John Beckwith.

Edana Higham, piano; Zach Pulak, percussion

Shhh Ensemble website                                                    Noon Hour concert series proudly sponsored by 

Feb
12
Wed
2020
Noon Hour Concert: Phases @ CGR
Feb 12 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

The Happenstancers is the shared vision of co-directors Brad Cherwin and Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh. Described as “Toronto’s best young chamber musicians” (Bachtrack) and recipients of the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble in an Opera, Cherwin and Hardy-Kavanagh helm a rotating cast of innovative voices on Toronto’s classical scene. Their daring concert program PHASES leaps between centuries and styles, moods and colours, as works by Augusta Reed Thomas, Bram Van Camp, Mozart, and Beethoven conjure vibrant and varied personalities. Learn more at thehappenstancers.com.

Noon Hour Concert series proudly sponsored by

Feb
13
Thu
2020
Book Launch | Advocating for Peace @ CGR
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Advocating for Peace: Stories from the Ottawa Office of Mennonite Central Committee, 1975-2008

Join us on Thursday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. for a program with the book author William Janzen, including selected readings and a Q&A. Hosted by the Institute of Anabaptist Mennonite Studies. 

About the Author

William (Bill) Janzen grew up in a Mennonite community in Saskatchewan. He studied at Canadian Mennonite Bible College, a forerunner of Canadian Mennonite University, and at the University of Winnipeg. He obtained an M.A. from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, another M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa, and a Ph. D in Political Science from Carleton. From 1963 to 1966 he worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo under Mennonite Central Committee and from 1971 to 1976 he was a part-time minister at the Ottawa Mennonite Church where he has been a member ever since. He served as director of the Ottawa Office of Mennonite Central Committee from 1975 to 2008, albeit with several ‘leaves of absence’ including two years in Egypt. Bill and Marlene have two adult children. Bill has published several other books including, Walk Humbly With Your God: A Collection of Meditations, CMBC Publications, Winnipeg, 1979, pp. 111; Limits On Liberty: The Experience of Mennonite, Hutterite and Doukhobor Communities in Canada, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1990, pp. 375; and, with Frances Greaser, Sam Martin Went to Prison: The Story of Conscientious Objection and Canadian Military Service, Kindred Press, Winnipeg, 1990, pp. 64

Selected testimonials about Bill’s work in Ottawa.

Ray Funk, Member of Parliament, 1988 – 1993;  “I stayed in close contact with Bill Janzen…, coming to value his wisdom and experience, and considering him the single most influential person in shaping my work.” Quoted in The Canadian Mennonite, November 10, 2014

Bruce Jutzi, Foreign Service Officer and Ambassador, “Bill’s approach is not to … preach at you or hector you on an issue, but to patiently construct a well-considered argument to support his presentation in a sympathetic fashion and as a result, I believe… he has achieved very effective results.” October 29, 2000.

Jake Koop, Senior Defence Department official, “… your willingness to listen and respond… on matters … of common concern during the height of the Cold War were very precious and meaningful to me….my friendship with you…had a profound impact on much of my DND work… on issues of arms control, disarmament, nuclear test ban negotiations, nuclear weapons proliferation, etc.”, Letter June 16, 2008

David Fransen, Senior official and Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles, “Your contribution has been truly profound. You have identified the substance, arguments and position on all the most important and contentious issues. You have established … a highly regarded record of thoughtful, balanced yet forceful advocacy.” Letter July 16, 2008.

Lloyed Axworthy, MP 1979 – 2000; “Bill… was always a source of good advice based upon a sound set of values which provided assistance to countless people around the world.” Quoted by Dennis Gruending in the Prairie Messenger, July 16, 2008

Feb
20
Thu
2020
UWaterloo and Grebel Grade 10 Night
Feb 20 @ 5:15 pm – 5:15 pm

If you’re planning to attend university, you and your parents are invited to learn what you can do now to prepare. Before attending this University of Waterloo event, join us at Grebel for a pizza dinner and learn about how Grebel’s residence and academic programs can enhance the University of Waterloo experience!

February 20, 2020

5:15 – 6:30 pm (Dinner at Grebel)

6:30 – 8:30 pm (Main Campus Information Session)

While at Conrad Grebel you will:

learn about Grebel’s residence and academic community
learn about Grebel’s distinctive characteristics
have a chance to connect with current Grebel students
be given a quick tour of the Grebel facilities
While on University of Waterloo campus you will learn about:

finding the right program and university
admissions
financing a university education

For more information and to register for the main campus event please visit the Grade 10 Night webpage. To register for the Conrad Grebel dinner please contact Pam Bartel (pbartel@uwaterloo.ca) with how many people will be in your party and dietary restrictions.  

Questions?

Contact Pam Bartel  at 519-885-0220, ext. 24236 or pbartel@uwaterloo.ca

Nunsense: The Musical @ CGR
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm

Conrad Grebel, in partnership with Aha! Productions presents the off-broadway hit musical Nunsense as part of the Fill the Table campaign. All proceeds will be used for expanding the college kitchen and dining room space. Your $40 ticket includes taxes and handling fees.

Show Dates
Show Times

Thursday, February 20
7:30 p.m.

Friday, February 21
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 22
2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 23
2:00 p.m.

Order tickets

Special thanks to The Community Players of New Hamburg. Original ‘Nunsense’ graphic design by Brent Roth Creative and adapted by Conrad Grebel University College.

‘Nunsense’ is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

Feb
26
Wed
2020
Noon Hour Concert: Bernstein 101 @ CGR
Feb 26 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Featuring singer Mary-Catherine Pazzano and pianist Paul Stouffer, the program will be a jazzy exploration of Bernstein’s iconic West Side Story, while also delving into his various musicals (On the Town, Wonderful Town), and classical works as well such as MASS, Peter Pan, and Candide.

                                           Noon Hour Concert series proudly sponsored by 

Feb
28
Fri
2020
Tentative Date – Great Law of Peace: Lessons on Life | Sawatsky Lecture @ CGR
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Rick Hill offers reflections on seeking meaning through ancient law, uncovering the 1,000 year old wisdom of Haudenosaunee ancestors, and trying to live accordingly in a modern world of chaos. 

Great Law of Peace: Lessons on Life
Last Week of February (Check back for exact date soon)
Great Hall | Conrad Grebel University College

Free Admission, reception to follow.

2020 Sawatsky Visiting Scholar: Rick Hill

Rick Hill is a citizen of the Beaver Clan of the Tuscarora Nation of the Haudenosaunee at Grand River. He holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the former Assistant Director for Public Programs, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; Museum Director, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM; and Assistant Professor, Native American Studies, SUNY Buffalo. He recently retired as Senior Project Coordinator of the Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic, Ohsweken, Ontario. Rick is currently working as an interpretive specialist to develop exhibitions for the recently renovated Mohawk Institute, the oldest Indian residential school in Canada.

Mar
6
Fri
2020
Peace Day
Mar 6 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Join the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Grebel for a one-day event exploring both principled and pragmatic approaches to nonviolent activism for social change. Learn both historical and contemporary examples of how nonviolence was used to bring about change with Professor Marlene Epp and Professor Eric Lepp, and build practical nonviolence skills with The Ripple Effect Education to take action in school, community, and the world.

The event details in summary:

Theme – Nonviolent Action in Action
Date – March 6, 2020, 9:30am – 2:00 pm.
There is a $5 charge per participant
A pizza lunch will be provided
The event will include talks from two of Grebel’s Peace and Conflict Studies professors, Eric Lepp and Marlene Epp as well as a hands-on, interactive workshop facilitated by TREE

Teachers and students with an interest for any of the following questions should be at this event:

How do you resist violent systems with nonviolent action?
Do you want to know how to respond with nonviolent action to climate change, oppressive regimes, and bullying?
Do you want to know what actions can come next now that you’ve gone to the Global Climate Strike?
Do you want to understand the strategies that student protests around the world using? 
When is nonviolence the best strategic option? What are its limitations?
Where does “clicktivism” and “slackdivism” fit into what our world needs?

To RSVP please contact Rebekah DeJong, Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator, rjdejong@uwaterloo.ca. RSVP Deadline is February 28

An Evening of Jazz in Support of TMTC
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre in this fundraising event held at the Hirut Cafe and Restaurant located on the Danforth, on Friday, March 6th, 2020. Enjoy a jazz performance by the Tom Reynolds Trio, and delicious Ethiopian food while connecting with others in support of the TMTC mission.

Mar
12
Thu
2020
J. Winfield Fretz Visiting Scholar Lecture @ CGR
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

‘Where Moth and Rust Destroy: Archives and the Contest over Anabaptist Information’

Archives set the parameters of what we can know about early Anabaptists. Examination of archives’ own histories shows that, far from neutral repositories of historical evidence, these collections intensified conflict between early Anabaptists and their opponents. The management of information about nonconformists contributed to their repression, while Anabaptists’ documentary response supported their efforts to survive. 

This year’s J. Winfield Fretz Visiting Scholar Lecture will be presented by David Y. Neufeld on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Dr. David Y. Neufeld is Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Conrad Grebel University College. He also holds the J. Winfield Fretz Fellowship in Mennonite Studies for 2019-2020.  Neufeld is a historian of religion, culture, and social life in the early modern world. 

Free event, reception to follow. 

Mar
13
Fri
2020
Grebel Church Youth Event – Technology and Peacemaking
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The topic of technology and how it is used continues to be prevalent to this age range. Grebel feels particularly well-equipped to engage with this topic. We are thrilled to be able to host out third technology themed youth event. This year’s youth event will have a focus on our call to be peacemakers and asks what role technology plays in that calling.

The event details in summary:

Date – March 13, 2020, 6:00pm – 10:00 pm.
There is a $5 charge per participant
A pizza dinner will be provided
The event will include a tour and interactive workshop focused around the Grebel gallery exhibit ‘The Cultural Life of Drones’, and Grebel’s PeaceTech students are organizing a workshop to help us engage our minds on what technology means to us and how we can use it purposefully.

RSVP’s would be appreciated by March 9 but as always, earlier is better. Even a rough estimate of participants.

To RSVP please contact Rebekah DeJong, Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator, rjdejong@uwaterloo.ca

Mar
21
Sat
2020
March Break Open House @ CGR
Mar 21 @ 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 2020 or beyond! 

At Conrad Grebel, from 10:00am – 5:00pm we will be available to answer your questions, take you on a tour and show you what our residence and/or academic programs have to offer! Plan to stay for lunch – we will be offering a special $5 all-you-can-eat meal ticket for prospective students and their families. We are also offering free parking – start and/or end your day with us here at Grebel!

It’s a fun and full day! On main campus you will have the opportunity to learn about specific faculties or programs, the co-op option, or financing your education. You will meet professors, staff, and students who can answer your questions about areas of study and student life.

You won’t want to miss it!

If you can’t visit us on this day, we hope you can come another day! Contact Rebekah DeJong, Student Life and Recruitment Coordinator to arrange another time to visit.

Mar
27
Fri
2020
Absent Friends Film Series: The Fault In Our Stars @ CGR
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Attend a film screening of The Fault In Our Stars and follow up discussion from 7:oo p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Grebel, as part of the Absent Friends Film Series. 

Based on The New York Times best-selling book by John Green, The Fault In Our Stars follows two adolescents living with cancer who fall in love. 

The Absent Friends Film Series challenges us to talk about the often taboo topics of death, dying and grief. 
The Hospice of Waterloo Region is collaborating with St. Jerome’s University Lectures in Catholic Experience to host a series of films, follows by a small-group discussion led by special guests that address issues of death, dying, and loss. The series hopes to inspire us to build a more compassionate community. 

Co-supported by the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging

This event is free. Please register here.

May
23
Sat
2020
You @ Waterloo Day @ CGR
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 am

Students with offers of admission to University of Waterloo are invited to attend a special open house with a focus on finding the right place to live! 

Come experience what residence life at Grebel is like! On-site applications to residence and interviews will be offered.

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

Jun
6
Sat
2020
60’s Era Reunion @ CGR
Jun 6 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 am

We know it doesn’t feel like 50 years since you graced the Grebel halls, but it’s time to join your close companions, long-lost friends, prank partners, and conversation compatriots at a special ’60s-era Grebel alumni luncheon with your favourite host, Eric Friesen (BA 1967)!

Contact Nancy Regehr on the Alumni Committee or Alison Enns to help with planning.

$25/Person. Registration opens in the winter.

 

Alumni Craft Beer & Bites Tour @ CGR
Jun 6 @ 2:30 pm – 2:30 pm

The four University Colleges at UWaterloo are getting together to host an epic alumni evening of craft beer and snacks. This progressive tasting will end at Grebel for coffee and dessert.

Your fee includes local beer tastings from 3 different breweries, snacks and dessert, and an espresso bar.
 

Featuring:
Wellington Brewery, Waterloo Brewing, Innocente Brewing Company, Grainharvest Breadhouse Inc, Matter of Taste Coffee Bar, Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese. 

     

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Jun
19
Fri
2020
Spirituality and Aging Seminar
Jun 19 @ 9:30 am – 9:30 am

Embodying hope, faith and playfulness in caregiving: Practical and spiritual resources for a complicated vocation

We have all heard both comments portraying caregiving as a depressing burden and stories suggesting that caregiving is a spiritual experience leading to increased growth and happiness.  Surely our beliefs about giving care influence how we navigate its challenges. But what to believe? How can we sort out these differing visions without being lost in either pessimism or idealism?

Our morning session will focus on how resiliency—reflected in narratives of spiritual community, emotional maturity, and healthy interpersonal relationships—can impact our ministry as caregivers.  The afternoon session with explore implications for spiritual resiliency in situations of specific need, such as accompanying those with dementia and working toward forgiveness in broken relationships.Presenter:  Janet L Ramsey, Ph.D., M.Div.
Janet Ramsey is Professor Emeritus of Congregational Care Leadership at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  Now partially retired, Dr. Ramsey spends her time writing, caring for her nine grandchildren and her beloved Sheltie, and traveling with her husband, Joe.  Before becoming an academic, she was a marriage and family counselor, a parish pastor, and a nursing home chaplain/administrator. She has written and spoken widely on spiritual resiliency, forgiveness and healthy aging. Her most recent book (Fortress Press, 1918) is “Dignity and Grace: Wisdom for Caregivers and Those Living With Dementia

Registration opens in February.