Mennonite Savings and Credit Union

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union
Conrad Grebel University College

November 10, 2011 16:00 ET

MSCU and Conrad Grebel College Announce Creation of Peace Centre

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2011) - Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (MSCU) and Conrad Grebel University College are pleased to announce the creation of the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel. MSCU's $1 million dollar commitment will empower Conrad Grebel to create an accelerator centre committed to collaborative peace innovation with lasting impact.

"We're thrilled to make such a transformational commitment to peace-building in our world. We believe the Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement will be an innovative expression of our core values and are gratified that we're able to share our resources to enhance the Mennonite tradition of building peace-filled communities," stated Brent Zorgdrager, chief executive officer of MSCU.

Together, MSCU and Conrad Grebel envision a Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement that is a hub of entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary collaboration, fostering new ways to advance peace in a conflict-filled world. In addition to teaching and research facilities, the centre will provide shared seminar and project space for students and faculty, as well as space for community service organizations, pastors, and other peace builders. The centre will now add an entire fourth floor to the current building plans, with construction slated to start in March 2012.

Conrad Grebel is uniquely positioned to accelerate peace research and action. The college houses Canada's oldest Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program which interacts with theology, music, and other academic programs of the college to foster a fertile ground for growing ideas that reach beyond the campus. Conrad Grebel has a rich legacy of peace teaching and research, including the genesis of Project Ploughshares, Canada's premiere ecumenical peace research and advocacy organization.

"This is a new day at Grebel," stated Susan Schultz Huxman, Grebel's new president. "A day marked by a great partnership with MSCU to advance peace education and action here at home and around the world. Conrad Grebel and the University of Waterloo understand how interdisciplinary education and innovation work hand in hand. We're excited to enhance our peace education work through this creative initiative!"

MSCU and Conrad Grebel share a rich history and complementary values. Both organizations were profoundly shaped by the vision of J. Winfield Fretz, Conrad Grebel's first president. They have worked in partnership over the past years and, from these shared roots, they look forward to preparing the next generation of community leaders, peace researchers, and social innovators.

About Mennonite Savings and Credit Union

Mennonite Savings and Credit Union is a Mennonite financial cooperative serving communities of faith across Ontario. MSCU provides everyday banking services to over 18,000 members with the "barn-raising" mutual aid traditions of the Waterloo County Mennonite community. From modest beginnings in 1964, MSCU has grown in size to over $800 Million in assets under administration and ranks seventh among credit unions in Ontario. MSCU has eight full-service branches and five sub-locations offering a complete range of banking, investment and loan products.

About Conrad Grebel University College

Founded in 1963 by Ontario Mennonites, Conrad Grebel University College is a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the University of Waterloo. The College's mission is "to seek wisdom, nurture faith and pursue justice and peace in service to church and society." Grebel's core values include inspired teaching, scholarly excellence, compassionate service, community building, active peacemaking and global engagement. These are expressed through the academic and student life programs. Today, Grebel is expanding its mission with a graduate program in Theological Studies and the development of a Master's program in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Contact Information

  • Mennonite Savings and Credit Union
    Pamela Fehr
    Director of Marketing
    1265 Strasburg Rd, Kitchener, ON N2R 1S6
    519.772.5211 or Cell: 519.588.3822
    pfehr@mscu.com

    Conrad Grebel University College
    Fred W. Martin
    Director of Development
    140 Westmount Road, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6
    519.885.0220 x 24381 or Cell: 519.572.7704
    fwmartin@uwaterloo.ca