War monuments, cenotaphs and honour rolls remind us daily of the most dramatic and familiar stories of war. This exhibit tells war stories of a different kind, and lays out an alternative memorial landscape—the landscape of nonresistance.
These stories are gleaned from letters, diaries, newspapers, photographs, government documents and family histories found in the Mennonite Archives of Ontario. Together, they paint a picture of the Great War from a “peace church” perspective.
Every year, on September 21 and the week surrounding it, the world celebrates the International Day of Peace.
For the past 2 years, Conrad Grebel University College has initiated a series of community events to mark this day. Now, in 2017, we are opening up this initiative to Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond.
Conrad Grebel University College invites you to join us for a gathering to plant a new sign our Mennonite commemorative garden. In 2005 the College created a garden beneath a black walnut tree that marked the 200th anniversary of a land purchase along the Grand River by Mennonite settlers from Pennsylvania. As we continue to educate ourselves about injustice towards Indigenous peoples and recognize their history on this land where Conrad Grebel now sits, we acknowledge the need to change the historical narratives of Mennonite settlement in the region.