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Hospitality is at the heart of the Grebel Fund

Before he served as Grebel’s first president, J. Winfield Fretz taught at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.  To supplement his modest salary, Winfield and his family opened a restaurant, which they called “The Guest House.” 

In Kansas in the 1950s, it was common for restaurants to be racially segregated. Winfield decided to operate his restaurant in a different way – a radically welcoming way that challenged prevailing attitudes.  His daughter, Sara, remembers him saying:  “I decided that we would hire anyone if they were qualified and we opened our doors to everyone.  I wanted the welcome to extend not only to serving minorities as customers, but also to hiring them if they applied for jobs.”  The Guest House became widely known as a welcoming place – employing immigrants from Latin America and serving African American porters from the railroad which ran through the town. 

It’s not surprising that when Winfield came to Waterloo in 1963, he wanted Grebel to be a community of radical hospitality.  His influence can be seen in the architecture of our buildings: He advocated for many welcoming and bright features that we now take for granted – the distinctive “sawtooth” roof line, the big windows in the residence rooms, and the size and shape of our dining room tables. 

A place that is genuinely welcoming will become a place of diversity – and that was also part of Fretz’ vision for Grebel.  He once reflected, “What interested me was the possibility of establishing a college as a Christian community on a university campus.   Not to admit only Christian students, but to admit people who were interested in learning something about Christianity, about religion, about the whole nature and meaning of faith in the context of studying to be engineers, mathematicians, scientists, philosophers, or historians.”

Today at Grebel, that culture of radical hospitality is alive and well, and it makes a profound difference in the lives of our students.  Visit our campus and you will find our students promoting mental health, welcoming refugees to study at Grebel, and making music together.  Whatever they study, Grebel students are challenged to become hospitable - responsive to the needs of neighbours and strangers, and interested in applying their education “in service to church and society.” 

The annual Grebel Fund enables us to extend and expand Grebel’s unique culture through our people and programs. In this website you’ll meet a few of our students and learn how your gift impacts the Grebel community.  

Please consider a gift or renew your support! We thank you for helping us to make Grebel a community where students are welcomed, challenged and transformed. 

Sincerely

Marcus Shantz
President

Our Goal for the 2018-19 Grebel Fund is $345,000

 

Your support for the Grebel Fund will make it possible to:

  • offer quality academic programs,
  • nurture leadership development, and
  • reach our goal of $345,000

You can support orchestra@uwaterloo by making a donation today!

As of this year the Orchestra@uwaterloo is part of the Music Department at Conrad Grebel and we welcome your support for our orchestral musicians!

To learn more about how your gift will impact Grebel students, contact Fred W. Martin, Director of Advancement. 519-885-0220 x24381

Make your donation

  • Online donations can be designated to Grebel through the University of Waterloo (please select "Conrad Grebel University College" in the drop-down menu).
  • Donations should be made payable to:
    Conrad Grebel University College,
    140 Westmount Road North,
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G6

Donate online

Make a credit card donation on Grebel's pledge page.  Simply select the fund at Grebel you wish to support and fill in your details. Your receipt for online donations will come from the University of Waterloo.  Thanks!

UPDATE

As of October 15 we have 26% of our $345,000 goal received or pledged. Our students thank you!   

Your Donations at Work

Student and professor in music class

Donations augment the Music program by providing 
resources for Noon Hour Concerts.
 

Peace and conflict studies internships

Support is required for our new Masters in PACS.

Student making a speech

Donations provide funds for student leadership development that is the core of Grebel community life. 

Mennonite's Book Launch

Donations support research and Mennonite Studies events .

Laureen in the library

Library and Archives activities rely on support from donors.

Theological Studies Students in Class

Donations support pastoral training and graduate Theological Studies.

MSCU Centre of Peace advancement participants

Donations are key in running the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement.

Grebel also administers the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre,  which provides  theological training for doctoral students.

 
 

Donate online

Make a credit card donation on Grebel's pledge page.  Simply select the fund at Grebel you wish to support and fill in your details. Your receipt for online donations will come from the University of Waterloo.  Thanks!

UPDATE

As of February 13 we have 89% of our $385,000 goal received, or have pledged, You still have time to support this year's campaign.    

Your Donations at Work

Student and professor in music class

Donations augment the Music program by providing 
resources for Noon Hour Concerts.
 

Peace and conflict studies internships

Support is required for our new Masters in PACS.

Student making a speech

Donations provide funds for student leadership development that is the core of Grebel community life. 

Mennonite's Book Launch

Grebel events such as the Mennonite/s Writing 2014-2015 are supported by donations.

Laureen in the library

Library and Archives activities rely on support from donors.

Theological Studies Students in Class

Donations support pastoral training and graduate Theological Studies.

MSCU Centre of Peace advancement participants

Donations are key in running the MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement.

Grebel also administers the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre,  which provides  theological training for doctoral students.