Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Deep dive into theology

By Abby Rudy-Froese

Christian Theology, ministry, and the Bible are complex topics that can be studied using various approaches at Conrad Grebel University College. The Master of Theological Studies program offers students three distinct paths to complete their degree: course work, applied studies, and thesis. The thesis pathway is structurally very different from the other two pathways. In the first half of the program, students engage in courses while gathering resources and ideas for their thesis. The second half of the program is devoted to researching, writing, and reviewing their thesis: a 120-page research paper in a specific area of interest.

Most students choose the course work or applied studies path for their MTS degree, but Colin Friesen and Lindsay Ralph want to pursue further education. The thesis pathway allowed them to explore what a PhD might look like. A thesis can be one way to demonstrate the excellence in research that is required to be admitted into a PhD program.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Pancakes with MTS/MPACS

Virtual cooking session

Pandemic. Isolation. Stressful politics. Long winter. “Pancakes seem to be the obvious answer,” joked Master of Theological Studies student Christa Van Daele.

Conrad Grebel University College thrives on community, and with all the COVID restrictions in place, staff and students are always looking for creative ways to stay connected.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Grebel’s Involvement in Together in Worship Website

Together in Worship

By Abby Rudy-Froese

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The Body of Christ Has Many Members

Holy bible

Faculty and students in the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program at Conrad Grebel University College have found that conversations between those with different approaches to Christianity are a valuable learning experience. Class discussions about the Bible, Christian theology, ministry, and church history are all enriched due to diverse approaches to Christianity from both students and professors.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Master of Theological Studies Students Enjoy a Flexible Degree

by Elizabeth Robertson

The part-time study option available through Conrad Grebel University College’s Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program at the University of Waterloo draws students from a variety of life stages and vocations. The MTS program supports individuals as they pursue questions of theology for personal enrichment or ministerial preparation. Among the program’s part-time students are many who hold a full-time job, including UWaterloo employees. They are seizing the opportunity to further their education and faith development in a setting that accommodates their current lifestyle and schedule. “The ability to study part-time at a master’s level is one of the things I really appreciate about Grebel,” commented MTS student Shelly Jordan.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Theological Studies Professor Launches Mennonite Worship Website

“Worship is the beating heart of the Christian church,” reflected Professor Carol Penner, who teaches practical theology at Conrad Grebel University College and the University of Waterloo. Carol and a team of six volunteers from Mennonite churches across Canada and the USA have spent the last two years creating a website of worship resources with an Anabaptist Mennonite approach designed to aid leaders in the Mennonite Church. They plan to expand their team to include more faculty and students from Mennonite institutions as curation continues.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Expect the Unexpected

Bench at Sunset

By Jane Kuepfer, Schlegel Specialist in Spirituality and Aging

When asked a few months ago what advice they would give about aging, a group of seniors responded, “Expect the unexpected.” That advice is relevant to all of us this spring!

In later life it becomes increasingly difficult to predict what may be around the next bend.  Life happens. And, as with a pandemic, we may not recognize our resources or find our resilience until we’re in the midst of it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Bruxy Cavey to Teach Church as Mission Course in Spring 2021

Bruxy Cavey will teach a course at Grebel

Bruxy Cavey will be joining the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program as visiting lecturer in the Spring 2021 term. He is the Teaching Pastor at The Meeting House, one of the largest churches in Canada. He is the author of bestselling books The End of Religion, and (re)union: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

The Gift of a Prayer

In this time of uncertainty and isolation caused by COVID-19, Grebel Professor Carol Penner is offering a gift to all who need help putting their heart’s longing into words. Author of a popular blog, Leading in Worship, she is tapping into her training as a Mennonite pastor and practical theologian to write pandemic prayers. “Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday will all be experienced differently this year because of the fears and anxieties we have about this pandemic,” Carol explained. “My prayers reflect that reality.”