Events

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Sep
25
Mon
2017
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.”

HOURS:

Monday to Friday
Saturday

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).

Oct
21
Sat
2017
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.

Oct
22
Sun
2017
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. 
WHAT IS TAIZE?
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 bhouse@uwaterloo.ca

Oct
25
Wed
2017
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

Oct
26
Thu
2017
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.

Oct
29
Sun
2017
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.

Nov
1
Wed
2017
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.

Nov
2
Thu
2017
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 aenns@uwaterloo.ca with your name and others that wish to attend.

Nov
4
Sat
2017
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: rjdejong@uwaterloo.ca

Nov
7
Tue
2017
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.

Nov
8
Wed
2017
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

Nov
10
Fri
2017
Distinguished Alumni Award Concert with Amanda Kind @ CGR
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

BRAVE

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

Buy Tickets.

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.

Nov
15
Wed
2017
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.

Nov
17
Fri
2017
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

Registration

Seminar DetailsRegister Now

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

Nov
22
Wed
2017
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.

Dec
1
Fri
2017
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
 

Dec
7
Thu
2017
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

Jan
20
Sat
2018
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

Feb
9
Fri
2018
The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference @ CGR
Feb 9 – Feb 11 all-day

The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) conference began in 1948 at Goshen College and represents the peace societies and other peace and justice interested students of Mennonite and affiliated colleges/universities in Canada and the United States. Each year, students organize and host a rotating conference that brings students together to learn from their diverse university experiences.

The February 9-11, 2018 conference hopes to engage not only students, but also members from the surrounding community on the topic of Restorative Justice.

Feb
15
Thu
2018
Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar Lecture @ CGR
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Grebel is pleased to welcome Donald E. Saliers as the 2018 Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar. Don will offer a public lecture titled, ‘Psalms in a Difficult Time: the Rhythms of Doxology and Lament,’ on Thursday, February 15th.

Don is also running a workshop on Saturday February 10, 2018 entitled “Worship come to its senses”. The workshop is offered in partnership with the Anabaptist Learning Workshop.Learn more about the workshop.

Dr. Don E. Saliers is a Theologian-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. For many years he directed the Master of Sacred Music program at Emory, and was an organist and choirmaster at Cannon Chapel for 35 years. Before joining the Candler faculty in 1974, Saliers taught at Yale Divinity School, and has taught in summer programs at Notre Dame, Boston College, Vancouver School of Theology, St. John’s University, and Boston University School of Theology.

An accomplished musician, theologian and scholar of liturgics, Saliers is the author of 15 books on the relationship between theology and worship practices, as well as more than 150 articles, essays, chapters in books and book reviews. He co-authored A Song to Sing, a Life to Live with his daughter Emily Saliers, a member of the Indigo Girls.

Saliers sits on the editorial board of Worship, Weavings, and Spiritus journals, and is involved in the development of United Methodist worship resources. He has served as president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Society for the Study of Christian Religion, and helped found the Academy for Spiritual Formation.

Mar
1
Thu
2018
Bechtel Lecture in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies @ CGR
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

David Weaver-Zercher is the guest lecturer for the 2017-18 Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies. His lecture will focus on the social history of the Martyrs Mirror. David will also take part in a panel discussion on Amish, Mennonites, and the media.

David is currently a professor of American religious history at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. His writing is focused on portrayals of the Amish from an outsider’s perspective. His publications include, The Amish in the American Imagination (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001); Writing the Amish: The Worlds of John A. Hostetler (Penn State University Press, 2005); and a coedited volume with Diane Zimmerman Umble, The Amish and the Media (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

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.

Mar
9
Fri
2018
Alumni Trip to Costa Rica
Mar 9 – Mar 17 all-day

Join fellow Grebel Alumni on an EcoTeach trip to Costa Rica: March 9 – 17, 2018.

With Grebel Alum Deb Smucker ’87 as your EcoTeach liaison, travel to San Jose, Monteverde, Arenal, Atenas and the Pacific Coast. This is an amazing opportunity to travel with friends from Grebel and connect with alumni who have first hand experience with Costa Rica, its history, the sights, the wildlife and its people.

See the link for details about this exciting trip and more info about EcoTeach. The dates are during March Break, 2018.  The price of $1,595 USD includes all in-country expenses (meals, travel and accommodation) but not air fare.

If you are interested in hearing more about Costa Rica and this trip please contact Fred W. Martin, Director of Advancement at Grebel fwmartin@uwaterloo.ca 

Here’s a quote from EcoTeach:

Experience the Pura Vida of Costa Rica!

EcoTeach’s ecological and cultural expeditions are unlike any other.

Sure, you’ll have unforgettable adventures. You might encounter volcanoes, raft on rivers, trek through rainforests, fly on zip lines high above the canopy, and meet monkeys, sloths, and birds of every color. But you’ll also have rich cultural and environmental encounters: you may help protect endangered sea turtles and their hatchlings, accept the hospitality of a local farming family, and work with local environmentalists on projects to protect the delicate balance of some of the world’s richest ecologies.