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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 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.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, most of our worship will take place in the Kanata Commons on the upper level of 190 Lester St. in Waterloo — the seminary’s temporary location while the school is under reconstruction.

In addition to community worship events, the Kanata Commons 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 for a short time of prayer, teaching and reflection. Led by faculty members, staff and students, the daily program flows from the designated prayer leader’s tradition.


  • Mondays 12:45 – 12:55 p.m. Readings from the Earth Charter.
  • Wednesdays 12:45 – 12:55 p.m. Teachings from various religious traditions.
  • Fridays at 12:30 – 12:55 p.m. Towards Right Relations with Mother Earth, which is dedicated to learning about Indigenous art and artists. We begin at 12:30 p.m. with an opportunity for participants to take part in an Indigenous smudging ceremony, followed by reflections at 12:45 p.m.

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.

Take a look at some pictures from our Open Door services:


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, but during seminary construction there are two rooms available for prayer on Laurier’s Waterloo campus: Arts 1A5 and Science N2086.

Contact Us:

Weekday Worship: Debbie Lou Ludolph, Dean of Chapel

T: 519.884.0710 x4132

Sunday Worship: Rev. Anne Anderson, Community Pastor

T: 519.884.0710 x3530


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