Events List

A listing of Peace and Social Justice events in Kitchener-Waterloo and Waterloo Region.

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May
15
Mon
2017
Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War @ CGR
May 15 2017 @ 8:30 am – May 15 2019 @ 4:30 pm

War monuments, cenotaphs and honour rolls remind us daily of the most dramatic and familiar stories of war.  This exhibit tells war stories of a different kind, and lays out an alternative memorial landscape—the landscape of nonresistance.

These stories are gleaned from letters, diaries, newspapers, photographs, government documents and family histories found in the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. Together, they paint a picture of the Great War from a “peace church” perspective.

Underlying this exhibit are the questions: Why are these stories not more well known? How does our society choose which events and places of the past to commemorate? What does it mean to remember war?

Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War is located in the Milton Good Library and Mennonite Archives of Ontario gallery on the 3rd floor of Conrad Grebel University College. Exhibit hours are the same as library hours.The exhibit begins May 2017 and runs until May, 2019. Admission is free.

School, church and community groups are welcome. Guided tours and additional programing are available upon request. To explore the possibilities of how the exhibit can be an enriching experience for your group, please contact the Archivist in advance.

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. Registration coming soon.

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

 

 

Aug
19
Sun
2018
Camp Micah @ Cedar Ridge Camp
Aug 19 – Aug 24 all-day

Boy climbing in trees Camp Micah

Discover your passion for a better world

Join us for Camp Micah 2018  –   August 19 – 24th

What is Camp Micah?
Learn about our history, philosophy and staff.
Your Day at Camp
From what you will eat for breakfast to where you will sleep at night – and all of the workshops and activities in between! Learn about the details here.


Watch a Camp Micah Video
See for yourself what Camp Micah is all about.

Sign Up

Camp Micah

Aug
20
Mon
2018
Your Zero Waste Life: a guided journey @ Steckle Heritage Farm
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Save the date to save the Earth | Your Zero Waste Life: a guided journey |
If you’re interested in being kinder to the earth and venturing towards a zero waste lifestyle, then this evening is for you. Presenters from different facets of life will share their stories – and free giveaways! – that will help you on your way. Our tour guides will be available to answer your questions, and zero waste vendors will be on site for the occasion.

Freebies and refreshments for everyone! And door prizes too!

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Steckle Farm’s Sugar Maple educational project and to Earth Rangers

Your Zero Waste Life: a guided journey Tickets, Mon, 20 Aug 2018 at 6:00 PM | Eventbrite

Summer Bookclub: Part 2 in 2 Books on The Way We Think
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Monday, August 20 at 7:00 PM

This is the second part of a two-part summer time bookclub taking up the topic of the way we think. In the first one we will take up Daniel Kahneman’s…

Summer Bookclub: Part 2 in 2 Books on The Way We Think

Monday, Aug 20, 2018, 7:00 PM

Tess’ Place
49 Cedar St. S. Kitchener, ON

2 Hungry Minds Attending

This is the second part of a two-part summer time bookclub taking up the topic of the way we think. In the first one we will take up Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow. In this one we will discuss Irving Janis’ Groupthink. This is an older book that many of us probably already read somewhere along the line. It can be hard to come by and may b…

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Aug
21
Tue
2018
Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 21 @ 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.

Aug
22
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 22 all-day
Aug
24
Fri
2018
BackHome Training
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Aug
26
Sun
2018
Food for Thought
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Sunday, August 26 at 1:00 PM

A monthly discussion on how we see the world. What is important to us and how these values are reflected in society – locally and by the larger commun…

Food for Thought

Sunday, Aug 26, 2018, 1:00 PM

Stephen’s Place
471 Thorndale Dr Waterloo, on

3 Hungry Minds Attending

A monthly discussion on how we see the world. What is important to us and how these values are reflected in society – locally and by the larger community. All points of view are welcome.

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Niagara Grebel Gathering
Aug 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join fellow Grebel alumni and friends on Sunday, August 26th from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at Vineland Estates. This event is the perfect opportunity to:

Learn about exciting Grebel updates, such as the kitchen and dining room project, from Grebel’s President, Marcus Shantz
Connect with Grebel alumni living in the Niagara area
Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and Grebel swag (drinks will be available for purchase)

You don’t want to miss out on our final alumni gathering of the summer! Here are some pictures from our past events in Leamington, Toronto and Waterloo:

Please RSVP to Hannah Hill for this event by Friday, August 17.

Aug
28
Tue
2018
Philosophication
Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Tuesday, August 28 at 5:30 PM

The art of questioning and attemptive understanding. What? Philosophy in general. Casual discussion, mostly focused on the topic (differs monthly) lis…

Philosophication

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2018, 5:30 PM

Queen Street Commons Café
43 Queen Street South Kitchener, ON

1 Hungry Minds Attending

The art of questioning and attemptive understanding. What? Philosophy in general. Casual discussion, mostly focused on the topic (differs monthly) listed below, with room for conversation flow. Topic: TBD (up for suggestion) -Some potential topics are on the “Message Board” under the “More” tab, here: https://www.meetup.com/KW-Hungry-Minds/messages…

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Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Aug 28 @ 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.

Aug
29
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Aug 29 all-day
August Porch Chat: Transitions: A “Human Book” Club @ Front Porch and Garden of the Governor’s House
Aug 29 @ 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm

'Friends of Crime Prevention; Preventing Crime; Community Building; Porch Chat; Region of Waterloo

TRANSITIONS:

Join us for conversations with people from your community who are inspiring change.

Inspired by the interactive “Human Library” experience, we bring you a series of ‘open books’, each with a lived
experience to share. While you, the ‘reader’, bear witness and connect to powerful stories of transformation, you may just uncover a transformation in yourself.

Wednesday August 29th , 2018
Front Porch and Garden of the Governor’s House – 73 Queen St. N., Kitchener, ON

Rain Location – 150 Fredrick Street, Rm 110

6:15 pm – Refreshments
6:30 – 8:30 pm – Porch Chat

Registration Recommended

For more information contact Julie :  jthompson@regionofwaterloo.ca or 519-575-4400 ext 3548

August Porch Chat: Transitions: A “Human Book” Club – Friends of Crime Prevention

@FairvoteWRC Discussion Night @ Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On the last Wednesday of every month we meet in the Community Room
in the Bread and Roses Cooperative Housing to discuss the latest news
and politics of electoral reform. Sometimes we have presentations on
different aspects of voting systems, sometimes we just have an
informal discussion.

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a Fair Vote member to come
to Discussion Nights.

If you drive, please park in the north parking lot Map [1] and place
a note on the dashboard of your vehicle: Meeting in Community Room re
Apt 107 from 7-9pm

Links:
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[1] https://osm.org/go/ZXnwTL0rw–?m=

The Collapse of the American Empire @ CIGI Campus Auditorium
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

America: The Farewell Tour cover art (image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada)

America: The Farewell Tour cover art (image courtesy Penguin Random House Canada)

CIGI and Words Worth Books are proud to partner on this public event featuring celebrated author, Chris Hedges. The globally renowned Pulitzer Prize-winner gives us an entirely new view of a nation in crisis in his newest stunning book, America: The Farewell Tour, which holds both liberals and conservatives to account–as rousingly pertinent for Canada as for the disoriented US. Beautifully written, it clarifies vividly and unforgettably the forces at play in our times.

In astonishing, tough, first-hand reportage, Chris Hedges draws on stories from inside communities across America and reveals how the hurricanes of change have allowed an array of pathologies to arise: the opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling, the corporate coup d’état of government, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the emboldening of violence and hate, the plagues of suicides, and the global upheaval caused by catastrophic climate change. These are just some of the physical manifestations of a society unravelling. Such ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of our lives–particularly in the face of our neighbour’s degeneration as a world power.

Donald Trump rode this disenchantment to power. Hedges — who was unsurprised by Trump’s victory — shows how neither the left nor the right are addressing the systemic problems. Until the corporate coup d’état is reversed, these diseases will grow and ravage the country. A humane cry for a decent future, this remarkable book is our wake-up call to reality.

Event Speakers

Chris Hedges. Photo (c) Michael Nigro

Chris Hedges

Author; Senior Fellow, The Nation Institute

Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, spent nearly 20 years as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He is the author of the bestsellers Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt (with cartoonist Joe Sacco); Death of the Liberal ClassEmpire of Illusion; and War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, among others.

The Collapse of the American Empire | Centre for International Governance Innovation

Aug
30
Thu
2018
PhD Dissertation Defence: Defence in Depth – An Anatomy of Containment from Quarantine to Resilience
Aug 30 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Jessica West’s PhD Dissertation Defence.
Advisor: Simon Dalby
Committee: David Welch, Veronica Kitchen, Sara Matthews
External: David R. Mutimer, York University
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Agency Orientation
Aug 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Aug
31
Fri
2018
NCYC Training
Aug 31 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sep
3
Mon
2018
@FairvoteWRC Info Table at the Labour Day Picnic @ Waterloo Park
Sep 3 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

[1] This year Fair Vote Waterloo celebrates Labour Day at the picnic
put on by the Waterloo Region Labour Council [2]. We’ll have a table
full of information about proportional representation, electoral
reform, and the results of our recent provincial election. Got
questions? There will be volunteers to provide answers.

Links:
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[1] https://www.wrlc.ca/
[2] https://www.wrlc.ca/

Sep
4
Tue
2018
Minded
Sep 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

KW Hungry Minds
Tuesday, September 4 at 6:00 PM

Understanding the mechanics of the mind, behind that ever so complex workshop in your skull. During distinguishing the decision drive -determining des…

Minded

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018, 6:00 PM

Fairview Park Mall (food-court)
200 Fairway Rd S Kitchener, on

1 Hungry Minds Attending

Understanding the mechanics of the mind, behind that ever so complex workshop in your skull. During distinguishing the decision drive -determining destination direction-, what can we learn from a mined mind? What? Casual conversation, mostly focused on the topic below. Topic: To Be Determined (& distinguished) Related links: To see or suggest some …

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Regular Meeting for @WRNonviolence @ Queen Street Commons Cafe
Sep 4 @ 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.

Group 9, Amnesty International regular meeting @ Community Ed Room 2202, Conrad Grebel College
Sep 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Amnesty International CanadaGroup Nine is the local chapter of Amnesty International Canada in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. We normally meet at 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of every month in Room 4224 (The Fretz Seminar Room) at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo (140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo N2L 3G6). Please confirm by email or on our Facebook page.

<groupnine9@gmail.com> is the official Group Nine e-mail address.

Sep
5
Wed
2018
Refugee Vision Care
Sep 5 all-day
Sep
6
Thu
2018
My Beautiful Future is… Annual Report Celebration
Sep 6 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

How are we building a beautiful future together?
Is it a carbon-neutral community, thriving businesses, more connected residents, or a happy home for all? What does your beautiful future look like?
That’s the question we’ll ask as we celebrate the past year at Reep Green Solutions and invite community champions to share their beautiful vision for Waterloo Region.
We invite you to celebrate with us and take part in envisioning the future of our community. We’ll hear from change-makers who are mobilizing people and cultivating social change right now that affects the future for us all.
What to Expect

A healthy, light, local breakfast and networking opportunity
A brief recap of the achievements of our programs this past year
My Beautiful Future is… Panel Discussion from local champions on the future of the Waterloo Region

Our community changes from a grassroots level. It’s about more than just the environment, it’s about us coming together to build a beautiful future together. Join us in celebration for the past, present and the future to come!
#MyBeautifulFuture

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Panelists To be Announced!