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Being 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 seminary provides many opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the public to worship in groups or in solitude. As a faith-based institution, we believe it’s essential for us to pause during our busy days and gather for worship as a community. Of course, everyone is welcome — not only those studying to become pastors, but also lay members of local congregations and people who identify as being spiritual but not religious.

Most of our worship takes place in Keffer Memorial Chapel, a flexible worship space that also hosts academic lectures, panel discussions, community meals, yoga classes, and even sessions for students to de-stress with friendly dogs!

In addition to community worship events, the chapel is often free for solitary prayer, meditation and reflection.

Worship activities are coordinated by Debbie Lou Ludolph, the seminary’s dean of chapel and director of the seminary’s Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song.

Midday Prayers

Each weekday during academic terms, we gather from 12:30 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. for a short service of prayer, teaching and reflection. Led by faculty members, staff and students, the daily program flows from the designated prayer leader’s tradition. We regularly draw from the World Council of Churches rotation of prayers for people and nations around the world.

Schedule

  • Mondays: Towards Right Relations with Mother Earth, which is dedicated to hearing Indigenous teachings on caring for water. We begin at 12:30 p.m. with an opportunity for participants to take part in an Indigenous smudging ceremony.
  • Tuesdays: Teachings from various religious traditions.
  • Wednesdays: The program will be led by our Master of Divinity students.
  • Thursdays: We will experience yoga practices, with breathing and simple poses, that create a reflective space.
  • Fridays: The program will offer opportunities to meditate through various practices, including contemplative music, art, poetry and more.

Open Door

Each Wednesday at 5 p.m. during academic terms, we hold a 50-minute worship service we’ve dubbed Open Door. The Christian liturgy is usually a communion service, and everyone is welcome to the table.

The theme of the service changes each week. People from across the campus and Waterloo Region regularly help lead the services. Frequent guests include faculty and students from Laurier’s Faculty of Music. Each year we conduct two interfaith services and two services with an Indigenous focus.

Each Open Door service is followed by a low-cost ($2 donation) soup supper.

Take a look at some pictures from our recent services:

thirdspace_

Our community pastor Rev. Anne Anderson leads thirdspace_, a vibrant alternative worshipping community drawn from across campus and the broader community.

Multifaith prayer room

The seminary houses a multifaith prayer room which is open most weekdays. Muslim students gather in the multifaith prayer room each Friday afternoon for jumma prayers.

Contact Us:

Weekday Worship: Debbie Lou Ludolph, Dean of Chapel

E: dludolph@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x4132

Sunday Worship: Rev. Anne Anderson, Community Pastor

E: ananderson@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3530

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