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Experience Ethiopia Tour
February 5-23, 2019

Meserete Kristos College invites you to an unforgettable 19 day journey in the legendary land of Ethiopia and a Safari in Kenya!

Visit Meserete Kristos Church (MKC), the largest in Mennonite World Conference; learn about its remarkable story of surviv-al and growth under persecution. See how MKC lives and serves. Tour Addis Ababa, this bustling “capital of Africa”. Visit the new MK College campus and meet students and faculty. Visit historical Northern Ethiopia. Tour rich agricultural area and rugged terrain. Visit MKC/MCC Relief and Development Projects. Safari in Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.

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Cultural Translation: Negotiated Third Spaces and Those Who Live There

Oct 18 - Dec 21, 2018 | Fall/Winter hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM

Friday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Grebel Gallery, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, 140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

This Grebel Gallery exhibit features the work of artist Soheila Esfahani. As an Iranian Canadian, Soheila has lived in what she calls a “negotiated third space” and her artwork emerges from her reflections on this experience.

Living History: Indigenous and Mennonite Stories of Encounter

Saturday, October 27, 2018, 10 AM–4 PM 

Conrad Grebel University College, Great Hall, 140 Westmount Rd N, Waterloo, ON

Join the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario for a day of conversation about Mennonite settler stories and Indigenous histories.

Aging as a Natural Monastery: Spirituality in Later Life

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4 PM

Steinmann Mennonite Church, 1316 Snyder's Rd W, Baden, ON N3A 3K8

Join Professor of Gerontology Bill Randall in considering the many respects in which aging is an inherently spiritual process—not religious necessarily, but spiritual (broadly defined). Despite prevailing perceptions of aging as a matter of inevitable decline, the challenges and changes that come with it can be experienced as Nature’s way of nudging us into the adventure of truly growing old (vs just getting old)—growing in insight, understanding, and compassion. The presentation will be at 4 PM, followed by supper.

Spirituality, Aging & Narrative: The Sacred Art of Story Listening

Friday, November 16, 2018, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Great Hall, Conrad Grebel University College,  140 Westmount Road North, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

Come explore the intersections between spirituality and narrative, and between narrative and aging, focusing on both the unique developmental tasks of later life, and the challenges aging poses to our stories. The afternoon will introduce the sacred art of story listening and prepare participants to provide narrative care.

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Oct. 19-20, Empowered Women Preach at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, ON. A conference aimed towards empowering women preachers for the renewal of the local church. Join keynote speaker Betty Pries on Friday as she speaks on “The Podium of the Preacher: Reading the Bible Slant.” Registration is $60. Find it and more info at


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Sing for Water
Conrad Grebel University College Chapel

Thursday October 25, 7:30 p.m.
with Jane Ramseyer Miller

An evening for people who love to sing and care aboufr water, the environment, and Indigenous recondiliation.

Jane will use her learnings from a water walk she joined in Minnesota this past summer to bless the water of our rivers and lakes with music and poetry.  Blue Sky Singers will be joining us for this event. 

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Jazz & Dessert Fundraiser for the Alasaad Family who have been sponsored by Breslau & Bloomingdale Mennonite Churches.  Entertainment by Deacon’s of Jazz plus dessert & coffee Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 at Breslau Mennonite Church.   The family arrived in June and are settling well.  Freewill offering – donations greatly appreciated.


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Who Cares About Climate Change?
Pastoral Responses to Denial and Despair

November 19 to 21, Monday, 5 p.m. through Wednesday, 1 p.m.
Hidden Acres Mennonite Camp, New Hamburg, ON

God’s ongoing care for creation seen in Job 38-41, Psalm 104 and Genesis 1-2 indicates that all creatures are deeply valuable to God. Join Doug Kaufman and Wendy Janzen to look at these questions from a pastoral perspective.

Retreat is free to Mennonite pastors including meals and lodging. Others pay $225.
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  The Trail of Death: A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament and Transformation: June 3–13, 2019. Participants in this nine-day pilgrimage will trace the route of the U.S. military’s 1838 forced removal of Potawatomi people from their ancestral homeland in northern Indiana to present-day Osawatomie, Kansas. This AMBS course can be taken for credit or audit.
Invite AMBS Professor David B. Miller, D.Min., of the AMBS Church Leadership Center, to your congregation or organization to preach or teach on topics such as the missional church, Christian leadership, holistic witness, healthy boundaries and more. One-on-one pastoral consultations are also available.
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  1. Consider joining an educational tour to Israel/Palestine led by Gerald Gerbrandt. The tour will focus on the region as both the land of the Bible and a land caught in intense conflict. After the tour you will never read the Bible or listen to the news in the same way again. For more information see  or contact
  2. Canadian Mennonite University invites inquiries and applications for the full-time three-year term Faculty position in Biology. Nominations or inquiries about the nature of the post may be directed to Dr. Paul Dyck, Associate Dean of Faculty, . For further information and application procedures see