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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

The Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song recognizes that people everywhere in our multicultural, multifaith world are striving to embrace the mystery of life. We celebrate and support this pursuit by creating opportunities to develop and participate in worship and song practices that are woven with the richness of diverse cultures and faiths. We link the public expression of faith to our deep connection with all of creation, and we hope to fulfill our mission by keeping forefront in our hearts and minds the goal of working for the common good.

We welcome the public as well as students, faculty and staff from all Laurier campuses to attend our events.

Kanata Centre programs

Photos and Videos

Take a look at some photos and videos from recent Kanata Centre events.

Keffer Memorial Chapel

Keffer Memorial Chapel hosts many of our public events, including noontime prayer services, the midweek Open Door worship service, and soup supper and interfaith gatherings. It is also the home sanctuary for the thirdspace_ community.

Debbie Lou Ludolph is the director of the Kanata Centre and dean of the Keffer Memorial Chapel.


Inshallah is a choir of more than 100 voices gathering from across campus and throughout Waterloo Region to sing songs of praise and prayer, of joy and lament, from around the world. It’s a fun and welcoming space where multifaith and multicultural diversity is explored through music at rehearsals and public gatherings.

Sing Fires of Justice

Sing Fires of Justice is an annual festival of music and words, presented jointly with the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community, that’s designed to raise awareness and support for social justice.

For 2016, the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary and Faculty of Music in partnership with the First United Church, Waterloo and the Royal Canadian College of Organists presents “Sing Fires of Justice with New Settlers: a benefit for refugee relief.”

Event Details

  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 at 7 p.m.
  • Location: First United Church, 16 William Street West, Waterloo.
  • Admission: By donation.


  • Mino Ode Kwewak N'gamowak
  • Laurier choirs
  • UW Conrad Grebel Choir
  • Dawud Wharnsby

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Art on the Wall

Art — whether in the form of music, architecture, movement or myriad visual expressions — has aided worship and reflection since prehistoric times. In addition to all of the liturgical arts that we incorporate into our worship services, the seminary stimulates critical reflection through our Art on the Wall program, which explores faith and justice through visual art.

Each month throughout the academic year, we display the work of a different artist or artists. Past exhibitions have included quilts, paintings, mixed-media pieces, photographs and poetry. Our worship leaders and faculty members often draw from this artwork during their services and for their classes.

We are happy to collaborate with artists from across Laurier’s campus and throughout Waterloo Region. If you think your artwork would help us stimulate conversation and reflection, please contact Debbie Lou Ludolph, dean of chapel and director of the seminary’s Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song.


Exhibitions are on display weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and some weeknight evenings, excluding statutory holidays.

Current Exhibition

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Art and Vespers: The Crack Where the Light Gets In: Various artists from Feb. 1 to 22, 2017, various artists. Work will be featured during vespers on Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.
  • Living Water: Photographs by Members of the Foto:RE Collective: March 1 to 29, 2017. Brief introduction at 5:50 p.m. on March 1 immediately after the Open Door service.

Past Exhibitions

  • Stitching our Prayers: Seminary women's auxiliary quilts (introduction on Nov. 30, 2016 at 5:50 p.m. immediately after the Open Door service).
  • Thoughts: paintings by Ashwini Raghuram.
  • The B.E.S.T.: The Beauty of Embracing Spectacular Talent,” various artists supported by Christian Horizons.
  • A Time To Pray: graphite drawings and glass-on-plywood works by Ala Al-Thibeh
  • transFORM III: work by Grand River Collegiate Institute's graduation class.
  • Lenten Meditations: photo exhibition by the Foto:RE collective.
  • Waterloo Winters: paintings by Sharon Woodley.
  • Reflecting on Shadow: considering shadow through a Jungian lens.
  • Every Day: photos from Palestine-Israel by Kitchener photographer Carolyn Gray.
  • Quilts: made by members of the Women's Auxiliary.
  • Sharing our Creative Spirits: various artwork by Waterloo Lutheran Seminary faculty and staff.
  • Dances of India: acrylic and metallic paint on canvas by Shwetha Subramanya. Text by Manu Pallapa

Art and Vespers

Art and Vespers, held in conjunction with one of our visual art exhibits, is an annual jazz service that is focused on a specific theme and enlivened by the expressive arts.

Note: Art and Vespers will not take place in 2016. It is planned to return in 2017.

Contact Us:

Debbie Lou Ludolph, Dean of Chapel, Director of Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song

T: 519.884.0710 x4132


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