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Welcome to Grebel


Grebel has an enthusiastic residence community on the campus of the University of Waterloo! Join this friendly community of people who are dedicated to making Grebel an amazing place to live and grow. Meet some of Grebel's current students. Take an in-person or virtual tour. Discover leadership opportunities at Grebel. Apply now to live in the residence.


Study with and get to know professors in a community-oriented learning environment. Grebel administers the Music and Peace and Conflict Studies departments at University of Waterloo, and offers additional undergraduate courses in Arts, History, Mennonite Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Sociology. Grebel also offers two Master's level graduate programs in Theological Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies.

Tributes for Mary Brubaker-Zehr retirementAfter 26 years as Grebel's Director of Student Services, Mary Brubacker-Zehr is retiring. We invite you to share memories and well wishes on Mary's tribute page.

  1. June 17, 2022Gathering in the Sunlight
    student with flag

    I’ll admit it – I was nervous when I accepted the offer to live at Conrad Grebel. I had visited a couple of times and knew the rooms were lovely, the food was fantastic, and the people were friendly. But as a bisexual person who grew up in a faith community, I had some doubts about how my queerness would be viewed in the Grebel residence. I moved into Grebel at an important time in my life – one where I was learning to accept who I am and to live with pride.

  2. June 13, 2022Connection, Disconnection, and Reconnection: Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters
    Bonnie and river cycle

    The Indigenous Mennonite Encounters in Time and Place: A Gathering of Body, Mind, and Spirit conference was held at Conrad Grebel University College on May 12-15, 2022. It was a valuable opportunity to hear stories of encounters and relationships between Indigenous peoples and Mennonite settlers on Turtle Island (aka Canada). 

  3. June 2, 2022Equipping Pastors to Care for LGBTQ+ People
    Grebel pride

    Queerness and theology do not always play well together. Ever since the word “homosexual” entered the English-language Bible (1946, RSV,) many of our own local, western Christian groups have been working hard to exclude LGBTQ+ folks from the family of God. This intentional exclusion and constant discrimination has resulted in high rates of suicide and suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, substance use, chronic stress, and general mistrust of religious institutions. No Christian space is exempt from this legacy, and we must all learn to do better.

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  1. July 16, 2022Out of Darkness: University Choir end of term Concert
    University Choir

    The University Choir performs an eclectic range of music from around the world.  Directed by Liska Jetchick, the choir consists of students and alumni from all six faculties. This Spring term they will perform Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, composed in 1965.  

  2. July 20, 2022Mediterranean Memories: Orchestra@UWaterloo End of Term Concert
    orchestra wind section

    Please join us for the Spring Term orchestra@uwaterloo concert.  Directed by Daniel Warren, this orchestra includes students from across the University in all 6 Faculties. 

    The performance will include the following pieces:

    Don Giovanni Overture - W.A. Mozart

    Valse Triste - Jean Sibelius

    Pavane - Gilbert Fauré 

  3. July 24, 2022Summer Breeze: Jazz Ensemble
    Jazz Ensemble

    Join us for an engaging jazz concert in July.  Directed by Michael Wood, the Jazz Ensemble has members from all 6 Faculties, particularly Mathematics. This term they will be featuring the music of Mike Tomaro …  Neal Hefti  … Dave Wolpe & Rob McConnell.

    Tickets will be available at the door, or from Jazz Ensemble members.

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