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Centre for Public Ethics

The Centre for Public Ethics at Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) promotes dialogue, research and education on the choices we make together in support of the public good.

While ethics is about the life choices we make, public ethics is about the life choices we make to serve the common good — whether to serve our neighbours across the street or around the world.

Our Mission

In short, the centre’s mission is to help us reclaim the art of political service — of bringing our deepest values and highest convictions to the practice of politics. To fulfil its mission, the centre organizes and participates in events that promote dialogue, research and education on ethical public service.

The mandate of the centre, which began in 1986 as the Institute for Christian Ethics, has evolved to explore secular as well as faith-based ethics.

Key Members


Federal Election 2019

The centre recently co-hosted, with Ottawa-based Citizens for Public Justice, the election town hall Shaping a Just Canada. 

View albums of event photos on Facebook and Flickr.

View CPJ's downloadable election bulletin.

How can faith groups get engaged? Check out our short video.



Contact Us:

David Pfrimmer, Fellow