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The World Remembers: 1914-1918 @ CGR
Sep 25 @ 12:00 am – Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm

Every day from September 25-November 11, the names of 661,818 soldiers and nurses on all sides of the First World War killed in 1917 will be digitally 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 Mennonite Archives of Ontario Gallery (3rd floor, Conrad Grebel University College) will be one of these display locations. The Gallery is also the location of the exhibit “Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War.”


Monday to Friday

8:30 am – 7:10 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Regrettably, we are not able to provide access on Saturday mornings or Sundays. However, on November 11 (Remembrance Day) access will be provided for the entire day (8:30 am to 7:10 pm).

Policing Black Lives – Book Launch @ REN
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us at Renison for the launch of the new book, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.

Taking place in Renison’s atrium, a panel discussion, focused on subject matter related to the book, will include the author, Robyn Maynard, as well as representatives of the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre.

Refreshments will be provided.

About the book

Overview by Robyn Maynard

Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides readers with the first comprehensive account of nearly four hundred years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization and punishment of Black lives in Canada.

While highlighting the ubiquity of Black resistance, Policing Black Lives traces the still-living legacy of slavery across multiple institutions, shedding light on the state’s role in perpetuating contemporary Black poverty and unemployment, racial profiling, law enforcement violence, incarceration, immigration detention, deportation, exploitative migrant labour practices, disproportionate child removal and low graduation rates.

Emerging from a critical race feminist framework that insists that all Black lives matter, Maynard’s intersectional approach to anti-Black racism addresses the unique and understudied impacts of state violence as it is experienced by Black women, Black people with disabilities, as well as queer, trans, and undocumented Black communities.

A call-to-action, Policing Black Lives urges readers to work toward dismantling structures of racial domination and re-imagining a more just society.

About the author

Robyn Maynard is a Black feminist writer, grassroots community organizer and intellectual based in Montréal. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, the Montréal Gazette, World Policy Journal and Canadian Women Studies Journal.


Media inquiries may be directed to Brendon Bedford.

Taste of Grebel
Oct 21 @ 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.

Ecumenical Prayer Service with Taizé Song @ CGR
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Step back from the hustle and bustle of university life, and savour a moment of stillness and reflection. Join us for our FIRST monthly Taizé prayer service at the University of Waterloo. This will be a beautiful time of prayer, song, and silence with UW students, staff, and community members. 
Taizé is a style of meditative singing and centering prayer in the Christian tradition that has its origin in the monastic community of Taizé in central France.
Over the years, the Taizé community in France has drawn young people from all over the world for profound spiritual experience. Today, small groups gather all over the world to participate in the Taize style of meditative singing in which short songs are sung over and over, with rich harmonies.

Questions? Contact Laura Enns at 519-886-3855 or

The Punk Syndrome presented by Bridges To Belonging @ Princess Twin Cinema
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Punk Syndrome

The Waterloo Region Inclusion Film Series presents…
The Punk Syndrome
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Doors at 6:30, show begins at 6:45p.m.
Princess Twin Cinemas
46 King Street North, Waterloo
Tickets available at:
or call 519-886-8886 x 2427 to reserve.

Noon Hour Concert: Songs for My Mother @ CGR
Oct 25 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Composed by Carol Ann Weaver, ‘Songs for My Mother – from Appalachia to Africa’ is a song cycle based on writings from her mother Miriam L. Weaver’s pioneering life in Appalachian Kentucky in the 1940s (primitive house, flat iron, Hard Shell Baptists who met outside on the hillside), her travels to Africa, and her return to Virginia with poignant words about her sudden impending death in the 90s.   There is adventure and joy, sorrow and exuberance in these songs.  The text stems from previously unpublished text, and reflects values and story lines rarely celebrated in art music.  This marks the Canadian premier of this work.  The work was premiered in Harrisonburg, VA, June, 2017.

Soprano, Stephanie Kramer
with extra vocals by Mary-Catherine McNinch-Pazzano
Piano, Carol Ann Weaver

Renison’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) @ REN
Oct 25 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Board of Governors of Renison University College invites you to attend the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Renison.

The theme of this meeting is ‘Honouring the past: moving into the future.’

The evening will include a reception and program at 5:00 p.m., featuring an opportunity to learn and learn about the variety of languages Renison teaches.

The business portion of the Annual General Meeting will commence at 6:30 p.m.

We look forward to having you with us!

Please confirm your attendance by email.

Parking is available in Renison’s parking lot at a cost of $7.00, payable by credit card or debit.

Night at the Museum
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Register for event

Trailblazing: Women in Canada since 1867

Join us for this free event as we discover and discuss what it has meant to be a woman in Canada throughout its 150 year history.

This national, travelling exhibit explores how women have transformed Canadian politics, work, and everyday life.

Bonus Content: Unmentionables

An interactive talk about the history of women’s underwear.

Registrants for this event will receive free admission, refreshments, and two-way bus transportation** between Renison University College and Waterloo Region Museum.



Bus departing from: Renison University College

Address: 240 Westmount Rd. North, Waterloo, ON

Departure time: 5:30 p.m.

**WatCard or Photo ID required for bus transportation. Only registered attendees qualify for bus transportation.

The Benjamin Eby Lecture with Reina Neufeldt @ CGR
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Good intentions. Good ends. Failure. People usually assume peacebuilding is morally good because well-intentioned people are pursuing good ends.   Likewise, reconciliation. But, what happens when the moral values that drive peacebuilding become a problem?  

Reina Neufeldt explores how moral and ethical claims that are intrinsic to peacebuilding can contribute to failure and can be part of transformational engagement in her lecture titled, ‘When Good Intentions are not Enough: Confronting Ethical Challenges in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation.’ Join us on October 26th in the Chapel.

The Benjamin Eby Lecture is an annual lecture that presents the research of a faculty member at Conrad Grebel University College. It is named after Benjamin Eby (1785-1853), an early educator and Mennonite church leader in Waterloo County.

Reina Neufeldt’s research interests include the ethics of peacebuilding, civil society peacebuilding, the relationship between peacebuilding and development, ethno-national conflict, reflective practice, monitoring and evaluation.  She has worked with a number of nongovernmental organizations on peacebuilding, including Catholic Relief Services and Mennonite Central Committee.  Dr. Neufeldt is currently an advisory board member for the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and serves on Project Ploughshares’ governing committee.  A professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on research, ethics, development and peacebuilding, as well as music, peace and conflict, and the quest for peace in literature and film.

Presidential Installation Service @ HH
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Marcus Shantz will serve as Conrad Grebel University College’s eighth president, taking office October 1, 2017.

Grebel invites the public to a Presidential Installation service on Sunday, October 29th, at the Humanities Theatre.

Shantz embodies a vision for an innovative partnership between the College, the University of Waterloo, the Mennonite church, and the local community. He is a well-respected leader in the Region of Waterloo in his current role as president of Mercedes Corp., a property management company based in St. Jacobs, Ontario. As a civic leader, Shantz has been board chair of Centre-in-the-Square and Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, and has served on the boards of Ten Thousand Villages and Conrad Grebel University College.  He has held leadership roles at Rockway Mennonite Church and Mennonite World Conference. 

Learn more about Marcus.

Noon Hour Concert: Bach Suites & Chimera @ CGR
Nov 1 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Elinor Frey celebrates J. S. Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied cello with a performance of his dark and introspective Suite No. 5 in C Minor (BWV 1011), alongside the complex, nuanced nobility of Suite No. 4 in E-flat Major (BWV 1010). Between these two pillars of the cello repertoire, Ms. Frey performs a newly commissioned works “Chimera” (2017) by the innovative American composer Ken Ueno.

Community Groups Networking: Making It Easier! @ Social Development Centre
Nov 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Making it easier! Community Groups are at the heart of our community

Together with the Fair Vote Waterloo Region, we are calling on citizen/volunteer led groups interested in networking and mutual support to come together on November 1st: civic, neighbourhood, environmental, professional, social justice, ethnocultural groups! Come to the Trinity United Church on 74 Frederick Street, and to find out more contact or +1-519-579-1096;ext=3006

Vancouver Alumni Reunion
Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

H2 Rotisserie & Bar (The Westin Bayshore)

Connect with old friends and hear what’s new and exciting at Grebel from Fred Martin ’87, Director of Advancement. Win some Grebel swag!

We will have complimentary appetizers and a cash bar available.

Please email Alison Enns at with your name and others that wish to attend.

Fall Open House – University Wide
Nov 4 all-day

Come and see what Grebel and University of Waterloo have to offer! This open house is for students looking to attend uWaterloo in Fall 2018 or beyond! 

Between 10am and 5pm, 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:

Renison 2017 Fall Open House
Nov 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

You are invited to join us for our upcoming Fall Open House on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 10:00am to 4:00pm (campus tours will run until 5:00pm).

The entire University of Waterloo community is opening its doors to interested students, their families, friends, and entourage to find out what being a Waterloo student is all about.

Check out and register for campus-wide event information and Renison’s campus- and program-specific Fall Open House events!

Fall Open House is a fantastic opportunity to meet Renison staff, faculty, and students, and to check out our residences and programs.

Renison Tours and Events

In addition to the events running on the main Waterloo campus, Renison will be hosting its very own events and tours to help give you a sneek peak into student life at Renison.

Here’s what you can do at Renison during Fall Open House:


Campus Tours
find out what it’s like to live, learn, and study at Renison by going on one of our campus tours!
10am – 5pm
REN Welcome Center

Social Development Studies (SDS) Info Session

Learn how SDS blends
psychology, sociology, social work, and interdisciplinary
courses to offer students a strong foundation across the
social sciences. Find out how our focus on social impact
and community action can help you discover your path
and hear from one of our grads!

No registration required

10:30 am (30 mins)

REN 2106

Want to be a Social Worker?

Enjoy a complimentary lunch while learning about how
you can work towards becoming a social worker, and
speak with a recent grad about where our Bachelor of
Social Work led them.


11:30am (30 mins)
REN 2106

Renison Booths
Visit our on-campus booths to find out more about Renison student life, programs, leadership opportunities, and Living and Learning Communities. Also did we mention the popcorn machine? There will be a popcorn machine. We’re excited.
10am – 4pm
REN Great Hall Extension (cafeteria)

Academic Fair
Meet an Academic Advisor, current student, faculty member, and/or our Registrar at the Social Development Studies and Renison booths at the Academic Fair!
10am – 4pm
Hagey Hall Hub

If you can’t attend Fall Open House, but would still like to check out Renison, please book a personalized tour of our campus!

Community Engagement: The Next Generation
Nov 6 – Nov 8 all-day

Engagement expectations have changed and yet we often approach community engagement using the same techniques, strategies and messaging we have used for years. We need a new generation of tools and practices to inform, consult, involve and partner with people in building better communities.

New Expectations

In our cities and communities, a new generation of community engagement is emerging. Over the last twenty years (some will argue longer), people interested in building strong communities have been making an important shift. Eager to “move the needle” on our quality of life issues, they are experimenting with new ways to create community-wide strategies that yield big changes as opposed to hoping that the individual efforts of organizations and services end up being more than the sum of their parts.

As part of this we’re seeing a real renewal of energy in people who want to expand and improve their community engagement practices. There’s a revival of the understanding that the citizen voice is critical for any work being done in community change, and there’s a big push towards not doing “for” the community, but rather doing “with” the community.

This approach to community change requires us to engage in a different way. Conventional engagement techniques do not always yield the response rates we want, and are often delivered in a top-down manner of only ‘seeking input’ rather than bringing together multiple stakeholder groups and partnering with the community. Engagement expectations have changed and we need to consider what we want to do differently in this next generation of community engagement.

Technology Has Changed Everything

Every minute of every day our email inbox is filled with people and companies trying to engage us. We are riveted to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin and the multitude of apps available to help us “stay in touch” and to get the latest news.

Technology engages us. We are entertained, moved, connected and involved daily. Technology also distracts us. It is easy to become overwhelmed, unfocused, overcommitted and exhausted by the constant stream of stimulation and requests. It is getting harder to break through and to engage people so that they will read our social media posts and online newsletters, fill in the surveys we send out or to buy our products and ideas online.

How Do We Respond?

When we talk about the next generation of community engagement, we’re not just talking about “doing the old stuff on steroids”. The next generation of community engagement is all about trust, accountability, transparency, and putting the community first.

During Community Engagement, The Next Generation we will explore: What shifts are we seeing? What new technologies and practices are available? What have others done that I can leverage? How do systems change and what role does engagement play in building and sustaining movements for change?

Who Should Attend?

At Tamarack we specialize in turning theory into action. Our workshops are highly practical and personalized. Our goal is to make you more effective in your work and get better, quicker results. This workshop is designed for:

  • People that have community engagement as an important part of their job
  • Community Development professionals who work in not for profit organizations, government, health care, police and environmental issues
  • People that are told by their city councils, boards and executive directors to engage clients and constituents in order to make better decisions
  • Collective Impact leaders who understand the critical place community engagement holds in advancing their work
  • Organizational leaders who want to use engagement techniques to raise more money or increase customer loyalty

Learning Agenda

You will learn the latest engagement techniques that will transform how you engage your clients, customers, funders and partners. Through dialogue with leaders in the field of engagement and social change, you will enhance your capacity to effectively hear the voices of those you serve and learn key strategies to mobilize them toward impact.

Together we will explore and learn to apply:

  • A toolkit for Community Engagement practices
  • Proven techniques that companies have been using for years to increase customer loyalty
  • Systems change theory and the role engagement plays in building movements for change
  • Engagement technologies and the amazing power these have given us to listen to and communicate effectively with large groups of people

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Tamarack | Community Engagement: The Next Generation

Peace Incubator Showcase
Nov 7 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) and the Kindred Credit Union invite you to join us for the CPA’s Peace Incubator Showcase.

Join us at 7:30 PM at Kindred’s Uptown Waterloo branch, to learn about the exciting ventures participating in the CPA’s Epp Peace Incubator program this Fall.

From technology that is revolutionizing how landmine cleanup is being tackled, to peace education curriculum in KW elementary classrooms, come and be informed, inspired, and invited into the changemaking that’s happening at the CPA.

The program will be followed by an opportunity for you to meet and network with Incubator participants.

Register here.

*Limited parking available at Kindred, and more available on Peppler Street.

Noon Hour Concert: Autorickshaw @ CGR
Nov 8 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Autorickshaw’s music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz, funk and folk easily rub shoulders with the classical and popular music of India. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw is one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering 2004 and 2007 JUNO nominations for World Music Album of the Year, winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005, and a John Lennon Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in World Music and the CAPACOA Touring Artist of the Year award, both in 2008.

This critically acclaimed, cutting edge world music ensemble has recently released their fourth CD, following their Juno-nominated CDs Four Higher and So The Journey Goes. Led by the stellar vocals of Suba Sankaran, the reboot of Autorickshaw features a heavier, layered sonic landscape, with full drumkit, electric guitar, strings, percussion as well as signature tabla and electric bass. Driving and danceable, the new sound includes sensual reinterpretations of Indian folk songs, groove-driven Canadian pop, vintage Bollywood, and hypnotic south Asian traditional selections with a twist.

Suba Sankaran: vocals
Ed Hanley: tabla
Dylan Bell: bassist/pianist/beatboxer

Distinguished Alumni Award Concert with Amanda Kind @ CGR
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm


A Concert Celebrating Courage, Compassion and Community

In support of Aurora House for victims of human trafficking

Join local performer Amanda Kind and fellow UW alumni and current students for an evening of meaningful music in a variety of styles in support of a great cause. Everything from classical and jazz to Broadway showtunes and pop hits is on this diverse and entertaining concert including ‘The Rain is Over and Gone,’ ‘Seasons of Love,’ ‘Man in the Mirror,’ ‘Imagine,’ ‘Brave’ and more.

Featuring a small ensemble choir, voice instructor Stephanie Kramer, and many other guest vocalists!

$20 General Admission
Doors 7:00pm | Concert 7:30pm

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Since graduating from the University of Waterloo just over a decade ago, Amanda Kind (BA ’06) has grown into an inspirational leader for young performers in her community. In recognition of her generous and dedicated service, Conrad Grebel University College has named Amanda the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award winner.

Noon Hour Concert: Venus in the Garden @ CGR
Nov 15 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Eviole [ay-vee-oh-lay] is a group of five musicians focusing on the music written in the 17th century (ish). The music from this time is astonishingly beautiful, grounded in text/poetry, deliciously intricate, and often quite cheeky. The group features Sheila Dietrich, soprano, Corey Linforth, soprano, Jennifer Enns Modolo, mezzo soprano, Borys Medicky, harpsichord, and Miriam Stewart-Kroeker, cello.

Spirituality and Aging Seminar: The Need for a Spiritual Revolution in Residential Care @ CGR
Nov 17 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Need for a Spiritual Revolution in Residential Care

Presented by Kristine Theurer, MA (Gerontology), PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

How do we engage community in meeting spiritual needs? How do we continue to have meaningful friendships/relationships into old age, and what structures might support that, in our churches, in retirement communities and in long term care? The purpose of this seminar is to engage attendees in an interactive exploration of a new spiritual approach to psychosocial care within residential care (including long-term care homes, assisted living, and retirement homes)

8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:30 Morning Session Part I
10:20 (Break)
11:00 Morning Session continued
11:45 Lunch
1:00 Afternoon Session
3:30 Conclusion


Seminar DetailsRegister Now

Register online or call 519-885-0220 x 24264
Registration Fee: $50 ($25 for students and seniors)
Personal cheque or credit card accepted.

Noon Hour Concert: Passions for Guitar @ CGR
Nov 22 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Classical guitarist Celia Linde is acclaimed for her personal style, her captivating temperament and for her wide range of musical interpretations.  She tours frequently throughout Europe, the U.S., Canada, Finland, Scandinavia, Russia, and Turkey. As a recitalist Celia Linde has performed in numerous festivals and international concert Halls including the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and others.

Celia Linde is also noted for her interpretations of contemporary music and has commissioned a number of works for solo guitar and guitar with violin. Her original guitar compositions such as ‘Highway to the Pacific’ and ‘Fontaine Bleue’ receive accolades from audiences and critics alike. Celia’s dynamic solo programs consist of her own compositions as well as those dedicated to her. She also highlights composers from the romantic Segovian era as well as a full spectrum of Spanish and Latin American composers, Swedish rococo, Turkish classics and music from the baroque period.

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.

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

Personal essays on Fiction and Memory: Double Book Launch @ CGR
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the launch of two publications, from two different authors:

Encounters with Mennonite Fiction, by Hildi Froese Tiessen

Silentium: And Other Reflections on Memory, Sorry, Place, and the Sacred, by Connie T, Braun

This event is sponsored by Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies

MCEC Pastors, Chaplains, and Congregational Leaders Seminar
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Listening is easy, and listening is difficult. In congregational ministry, in pastoral counselling, in worship settings, in spiritual direction, and in an individual’s walk with God, listening is an important skill that we can learn and re-learn. Join us for a one-day exploration of the skills and the spirituality of listening. Interactive workshops will include topics such as listening for God in spiritual formation, biblical stories about listening, intercultural dynamics, listening in pastoral care, listening in the context of congregational conflict, listening to the elderly, and the role of listening in worship.

Full registration details