It’s been a surprising term at Grebel this winter, with the COVID-19 pandemic at the centre of everyone’s attention. This issue of Grebel Now shares stories of the resilience and connectedness of students, faculty, and staff as we live, study, and work at a distance from each other in a crisis-stricken world. But, as you will read here, more has happened at the College, before and beyond the coronavirus. Grebel’s community is strong because of the foundation that is built from the first day of classes and throughout the whole university experience. And it extends into the future—in workplaces, relationships, and purpose. Some stories in this issue focus on mental health and wellness, as seen through the lens of Grebel’s programs and people. Other stories look at the underlying reasons and results of our intentional and beloved traditions that create a capacity for resilience. And others still, celebrate accomplishments and milestones of our students, faculty, and alumni. As you read this issue in isolation, remember that as part of the Grebel community you aren’t really alone! We look forward to the day that we can meet again face-to-face.
Grebel is a college community that nourishes body, mind, and spirit on many levels! On the surface, our kitchen and dining room project clearly illustrates our commitment to physical nourishment, celebrating Grebel’s tradition of having students in all disciplines and years live and eat together. As you’ll soon discover, this intentional mix of students is one reason why Grebel teams do so well in hackathons and pitch competitions. Bringing different backgrounds and academic disciplines together strengthens the team—and Grebel’s community.
This edition of Grebel Now also tells stories of how the Arts at Grebel nourish the mind in our commitment to Theology, Religious Studies, PACS, History, Mennonite Studies, and Sociology. And our spirits are fed through talented musicians, student passion for drama, and creating a place for visual arts in our Grebel Gallery.
This issue of Grebel Now embraces Grebel’s history of belonging and friendship from its early years to today. Alumni and students alike share how their view of the world has been impacted by both residence life and academic courses. You will read about the “Grebel Sings” integration initiative and a Peace and Conflict Studies course that is creating conversations between PACS and Engineering students. You will also notice that this issue includes Grebel’s 2017-18 Annual Report. We have had a good year!
As you read this issue of Grebel Now, you will notice the many intersections between stories. Links abound, whether it is people, programs, ideas, or aspirations that bind everything at Grebel together.
This issue of Grebel Now delves into some of Grebel’s opportunities for experiential learning: PACS internships, music ensembles, the Supervised Experience in Ministry for Theological Studies students, the Epp Peace Incubator in the Centre for Peace Advancement, plus continuing education workshops from the Conflict Management Certificate Program and Anabaptist Learning Workshop. Students are graduating with a deep understanding of their chosen field, complete with desirable, practical skills for the workplace.
This issue of Grebel Now highlights the strong growth and deep impact of Grebel’s Theological Studies (TS) program. TS at Grebel encompasses the Master of Theological Studies degree, (a conjoint degree with the University of Waterloo), Anabaptist Learning Workshop (a partnership with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada), and Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (a teaching and research centre affiliated with the Toronto School of Theology).
Creating a growing community education program is part of who we are at Grebel and part of our strategic visioning plan. This edition of Grebel Now includes stories and examples of ways in which our faculty, students, and alumni are engaged in education in various communities.
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