Friday, July 22, 2022

Loss of Environmental Activist and Sociology Professor Emeritus Calvin Redekop

Cal Redekop

Professor Emeritus Calvin Redekop passed away on July 19, 2022, at the age of 96 years. Redekop was a sociologist, writer, teacher, and activist, and he worked for environmental change for his entire life. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Concert Highlights Indigenous-Mennonite Relationships

IME with two members standing on the stage

Last month, the Theatre of the Arts at the University of Waterloo was brimming with thrumming beats, haunting voices, layered melodies, and a unique blend of electronic cello and traditional Indigenous music. As part of the Indigenous-Mennonite Encounters conference organized by Conrad Grebel University College, Indigenous and Mennonite musicians offered a concert that addressed relationships, beauty, nature, hope, and betrayal.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Gathering 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.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Connection, 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). 

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Equipping 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.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Writing Workshops Illuminate the Internal World

Close up of fingers typing on a laptop

“Writing illuminates our interior world and sometimes, illuminates the world for others,” wrote Sandy Conrad, Master of Theological Studies (MTS) student at Conrad Grebel University College. “Personal and honest stories have the greatest impact on the reader.” During the winter 2022 term, Sandy offered an eight-week creative writing workshop, where current MTS students and other alumni gathered to explore unique styles of writing and build confidence in their writing.

Friday, May 13, 2022

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Grebel Hockey Players

“First year at Grebel was like being in a musical. There never seemed to be dark days and we were always singing,” reminisced Kathleen Cleland Moyer, (BA 1981). “I loved every single day, just the feeling of waking up and wondering what fun I was going to have!”

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Mourning the death of student Kaitlyn Roth

Kaitlyn Roth

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Kaitlyn Roth, a 3A Conrad Grebel University College undergraduate student in the Faculty of Arts. Kaitlyn passed away on April 28, 2022.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

New Anabaptist and Mennonite Historian Will Connect the Past with the Present

David Neufeld

Conrad Grebel University College has appointed Dr. David Y. Neufeld as Assistant Professor of History, beginning July 1, 2022, succeeding Professor Marlene Epp who retires this summer.

Monday, May 2, 2022

New Director of Student Services Feels Called to Role

Beverley Fretz

After an extensive search, Conrad Grebel University College has named Beverley Fretz as Director of Student Services. The search committee found Fretz to be authentic, energetic, and engaging, with clear enthusiasm for Grebel and its mission and values. 

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