About the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

The MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) is designed to be a place where tradition and innovation, scholarship and service, academic discovery and faith witness meet to actively advance a more peaceful world.  The MSCU CPA is committed to research peace in active, expansive terms, serve and engage the wider community through educational enrichment (sponsor events, exhibitions, and other educational avenues for examining peace activities); and train and equip peace practitioners with integrated, applied knowledge, innovative partners, and field-tested tools to respond creatively and nimbly to entrenched and emerging divisions in the world today.

Conrad Grebel is uniquely positioned to accelerate peace research and action. Located at the University of Waterloo, Grebel houses Canada’s oldest Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program which interacts with theology, music, and other academic programs of the College.  

Thanks to a transformative gift from the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union, the CPA occupies 6,000 square feet, an entire 4th floor of Conrad Grebel.  Learn more about our space.

Vision: The CPA aspires to attract peace innovators; to be a state of the art academic hub that “incubates” and advances collaborative, inter-disciplinary, multi-sector peacemaking.

Mission: The CPA advances expansive and innovative understandings and practices of peace locally and globally by promoting collaboration among its peace partners in ways that seek wisdom, nurture faith and serve church and society.

Core Activities: The CPA embraces an expansive view of peacemaking and brings together bold new partners from the business, government, church, civil society and academic sectors. The CPA is committed to 3 activities:

a.    research

b.    training

c.    community engagement.

In these activities we will create a culture of vibrancy, openness and dialogue around how we “sow seeds of peace” in various political, social, environmental, and spiritual contexts.