Wednesday, November 11, 2020 @ 5:07 PM
When students enrolled in Wendy Kroeker's upper-level Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies (PACTS) course, they didn't expect to have classmates 12,000 kilometres away.
Kroeker, Assistant Professor of PACTS at CMU, is teaching Cultures of Violence, Cultures of Peace to 16 students at CMU and 11 students in the Philippines.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 @ 4:37 PM
Face2Face conversation panel discusses what to notice and how to see during COVID-19
How might COVID-19 invite us to think about the lenses through which we understand the world? Is it possible that this shared pandemic experience can offer new perspectives not only filled with grief, loss, and anxiety?
Thursday, September 24, 2020 @ 10:00 PM
COVID-19 focuses our daily attention on physical distancing, sanitization and hygiene, masks, ventilation systems, maximum space capacities, infection, testing, self-isolation...and more. At times, COVID-19 leaves us feeling anxious and forces us to confront life's fragility. COVID-19 also invites us to think about what we notice and how we see.
Sunday, August 9, 2020 @ 12:00 AM
Theme: Voices of the CMU Community
This month on Sunday@CMU, we are hearing from voices of the CMU community. This includes the student speeches from this year's C. Henry Smith Oratorical Peace Contest, Face2Face On Air segments created by communications and media students, and performances from this year's 15th annual Verna Mae Janzen music competition.
Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 1:10 PM
How do we respond to the strong rhetoric of polarization that is gripping our world? How can we listen and talk to people that are different from us, and why does it matter if we do?
More than 180 people gathered in Canadian Mennonite University's (CMU) Marpeck Commons on February 10 to discuss these questions. The Face2Face event, hosted by CMU, was titled, "Us and Them: How did we become so polarized?"
Monday, February 10, 2020 @ 11:00 PM
Increasingly, public discourse is characterized by divisions between people and groups who see and understand the world differently. It is common for us to witness polarized speech played out in political spheres, in cultural 'us and them' assumptions, in urban-rural divides, and in the life of the church. This dynamic exerts a powerful effect on many of us, whatever our political or theological stripe. Building relationships of meaning and trust amongst people who see our world through vastly different lenses feels increasingly rare.
Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 4:11 PM
Us versus them. Left versus right. One religion versus another. Who have we become? At Canadian Mennonite University's upcoming Face2Face conversation, four panelists will reflect on the polarization prevalent in our society today and how we can engage with people whose opinions are opposite from ours.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 11:57 AM
It will happen to all of us, but we don't like to talk about it.
Death and dying were the topics of conversation at the final Face2Face community discussion held at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) on February 8.
Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 8:11 PM
Recorded February 11, 2019
We are often fearful of, or even repelled by, conversations about death or being in the presence of death—a reality that we and our culture tend to outsource to professionals whose job it is to cleanse and package death in sanitized ways. At the same time, our culture seems to be drawn to ghoulish obsessions involving death.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 9:00 AM
Four panelists who deal with death in their everyday lives will explore the different ways humans wrestle with death and how our understanding of it can change the way we live now.
"There are only two experiences that are absolute guarantees in life: birth and death. That just feels important to talk about," says David Balzer, Assistant Professor of Communications and Media at CMU and moderator of the event. "I'm going to risk something that may sound cliché, but perhaps reflecting on the meaning of death will give us a better sense of the meaning of living. I think it can."