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Thursday, September 21, 2023 - Thursday, September 28, 2023 (all day)

Speak Your Peace: Exploring Questions of Justice and Peace Together

In celebration of Peace Week 2023, the PACS Department invites you to share your thoughts in response to a set of questions displayed in Grebel’s Upper Atrium. Questions will be displayed from September 21st to September 28th, 2023, inviting participants to visually and creatively represent their responses. Be part of our shared exploration of justice and peace by adding your voice.

Please participate in Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit Peoplean annual installation for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence at the University of Waterloo.

  • Opening Ceremony on Friday, October 27 at 10:00 AM
  • Closing Ceremony on Friday, November 10 at 10:00 AM

Both ceremonies will take place at the Ceremonial Fire Grounds and the bridge between Environment 3 and United College and will be followed by a catered Soup Lunch and Creative Reflection.

All are invited to stay for a Soup Lunch hosted by the Shatitsirótha' Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC) and supported by the Department of Communication Arts after the Opening and Closing Ceremonies from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Al McDonald is returning as the Ceremonial Fire Keeper. 

Working with Shatitsirótha' Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC), the Office of Indigenous Relations (ORI), the Sexual Violence Prevention Response Office (SVPRO), and 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Dr. Sorouja Moll initiated Bridge in 2015 to create a space for all University community members to learn about the crisis as they reflect upon their responsibilities and share in speaking the names of the lives taken to honour and remember as the red fabric is tied to the bridge between Environment 3 and United College.

For the Opening Ceremony, we are requesting volunteers to read the names — please contact Sorouja Moll

The gesture to name, remember, and honour the 5000+ missing and murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People across the many nations in Canada is an active engagement in learning about the depth of the crisis in Canada while resisting and (en)countering the existing silence that continues to shroud it. Originally installed in Montreal in 2009, as The Writing Names Project, Moll's research-creation initiative is a counter-memorial and is part of a meaningful and sustained collaborative intercultural praxis between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. 

Watch the Bridge: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People 2019 video.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Grebel Gallery: Artist Meet and Greet

The Grebel Gallery invites the public to meet artist Mary Kavanagh as she presents her exhibition, Trinity, Then and Now. This stirring exhibition examines the long-lasting impacts of the Trinity atomic bomb test, which took place on July 16, 1945 in the desert of New Mexico. Mary has dedicated her work to the investigation of the legacy of nuclear testing.

Come to the Gallery on November 8 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm to join Mary and the community for an evening of conversation, connection, and reflection.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Saturday, November 25, 2023 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Grebel and University of Waterloo fall open house

Explore the University of Waterloo and Grebel

Grebel is home to a vibrant residence and academic community made up of students across all faculties and programs at the University of Waterloo.

Prospective students, families, and teachers are invited to visit Grebel to meet current students, staff, and faculty to learn about the residence and academic programs. Learn about student life at the University of Waterloo and tour the wider campus.

Take a tour of residence, learn about your faculty of interest, and sample the famous Grebel cookie!

Register in advance and receive information on in-person sessions, presentations, and how to plan your time on campus. (Coming soon)

Free Parking

Grebel's convenient parking is free for the day! Enter off of Westmount Road North.

Stop by for lunch

Get a taste of Grebel's menu by purchasing an all-you-can-eat lunch ticket for $10.

Tours with current students

Let current students show you around the Grebel campus, including residence rooms and facilities.

Meet Faculty

Meet Grebel faculty in Peace and Conflict Studies, Music and Mennonite Studies. They're happy to answer your program questions!

Saturday, December 2, 2023 10:00 am - 4:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

PACS Society Make a Difference Holiday Market

Make a Difference (MAD) Market is a one-day artisan and craft holiday market held at Conrad Grebel University College on December 2, 2023. Hosted by the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) Undergrad Society, all funds collected from participating vendors, the silent auction, and the suggested $2 entry contribution will be donated to A Better Tent City, Waterloo. Fill your car with family and friends to make a difference while shopping for this holiday season!


Suggested at the door donation: $2

Free parking.

All organizational profits (entry donation, silent auction, vendor fees) will be donated to A Better Tent City.

Call for Vendors & Silent Auction Donations

Are you a local artist or craftsperson who would like to participate as a vendor?

Now taking vendor applications! All interested should contact Isabella by November 3rd for a vendor application package. Space is limited.

Donate to the Silent Auction!

Would you like to contribute items to the silent auction, or sponsor a basket? Contact Isabella for more information.

A Better Tent City

From the A Better Tent City website:

ABTC began as a low barrier/housing first approach to provide an opportunity to move people experiencing homelessness from dangerous conditions on the streets into a more safe and supportive community with protection from the environment, access to hygiene and sanitation facilities, and connection to services and healthcare on a path to stable housing.

Learn more about A Better Tent City. II View on YouTube

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

The Annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest 50th Anniversary Celebration

The annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest, established in 1974 by the directors of the C. Henry Smith Trust, offers Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) students and Grebel residents/associates an opportunity to discuss peacebuilding and social justice issues on campus and beyond. The intercollegiate competition is administered by the Peace and Justice Ministries of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Undergraduate students from every Mennonite and Brethren in Christ college in North America, including Canada, are eligible to participate.  

Henry Smith was an American Mennonite historian and professor at Mennonite colleges and the University of Chicago. Overall, he taught history for nearly 50 years at the collegiate level. He is well-known for his many books on Mennonite history and his attention to the peace commitments of the Mennonite tradition.   

On March 13, 2024, from 7 pm to 8 pm in Grebel’s Community Education Room, the PACS Department and the Grebel Chaplaincy’s Offices are organizing a speech performance and inviting you to participate. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of this peace speech competition, and for that reason, we have increased the cash prizes for the winners. The stakes have never been this high! The contest winners will be rewarded with cash prizes of $1000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $300 for third place. For more information, reach out to the PACS Academic Advisor

To learn more about the contest and meet previous PACS or Grebel resident participants, visit this link here. 

Application deadline - February 29, 2024.

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