Welcome to Anabaptist Learning Workshop

The Anabaptist Learning Workshop is a program offered by Mennonite Church Eastern Canada in cooperation with Conrad Grebel University College.

The Anabaptist Learning Workshop is a program of lifelong learning – at the intersection of Christian faith and contemporary life for laypeople, church leaders, pastors, seekers, new Canadians, and others.

The Anabaptist Learning Workshop is a program of exploration inside and outside the classroom.

  1. Oct. 31, 2017Ottawa participants learn from each otherParticipants sit in a circle each holding onto a string that connects them.

    Participants gathered at Ottawa Mennonite Church on Saturday, October 14 for a workshop called “Worshipping God in an Anabaptist Community” led by instructor Carol Penner.

    After a time of prayer, Penner invited each participant to describe a significant worship experience, and to share ideas about what worship does within the life of faith. The workshop then explored some early Anabaptist views of worship, and how they continue to influence our worship today.

  2. June 16, 2017A frog, a patch of moss, a creek, and a prayerParticipants and instructor gather to observe dragon flies and a frog in the pond.

    On Saturday, June 10, sixteen people from across southern Ontario converged on a section of the Bruce Trail near Georgetown for a hiking and praying workshop hosted by the Anabaptist Learning Workshop (ALW).

  3. June 13, 2017“Speak the speech, I pray you!”Alan Sapp speaking.

    At the 13th annual MCEC Lebold Fundraising Dinner on June 6, keynote speaker Alan Sapp took the stage and, with a dramatic arm gesture, delivered these lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet:

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  1. Nov. 14, 2017Much more than a “Morning Spent with the Saint John’s Bible”!Participants gather around the Saint John's Bible.

    For the past almost twelve months I’ve seen postings around the University of Waterloo campus for events related to the St. John’s Illuminated Bible. However, all it raised for me was a mild curiosity, quickly discarded as I equated the word “illuminated”  with gaudy sea front Illuminations, coupled with the thought as to why another version of the Bible was necessary. Flip forward ten months to a lunch time conversation at Grebel with a Masters of Theological Studies student who had recently visited St.

  2. Oct. 5, 2017Teachers


    By Matthew Bailey-Dick

    They are standing at the front

         and they are sitting at the back.

    And they are walking beside you through the stream bed,

         all of you wearing hip-waders.

    They are listening so intently that you end up saying

         more than you realized you could say.

    They smile when you meet the warmth of knowledge,

         the delightful gush of insight in the brain.

    They are encouraging with their words –  

         sometimes even more with their eyes.

  3. Sep. 12, 2017Losing my marblesMarbles.

    When I was a kid, the first few weeks of September were full of excitement and nervous energy. The schoolbus usually took a slightly different route to pick up a new student or two. At my elementary school, the new year meant going to a new classroom and meeting a new teacher. There were lots of possibilities, lots of uncertainties, and lots of new chemistry!

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