Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 7

Tidings from Friends

The Weekly Newsletter of Guilford College Friends Center

Welcome to Tidings from Friends, the weekly newsletter published by Guilford College’s Friends Center. In this time where we are more disconnected than usual and trying to find ways to connect and support the campus, we offer this as a means of lifting up our campus community with a brief thought and other reflective pieces for you.

Each week this newsletter will contain a list of upcoming events, a selection of local and/or student artwork or poetry, some resources for navigating religious life on campus, and a “mindful moment.” This mindful moment might be a passage of scripture, a written meditation, a link to a video, or something else. If you are interested in submitting artwork, poetry, or a mindful moment, please contact perkinsja1@guilford.edu.

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Artwork
This photo taken by Jacob Perkins at Guilford College, January 2020

Mindful Moment

Excerpt from Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

“Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear.”

Quote by President Snow, Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
Commentary by Liz (Friends Center Fellow):

“I chose to watch The Hunger Games during a weekend because I am seeing how it relates to the craziness now. While I was watching, this quote by President Snow stuck out to me. I think that this is very relevant today because fear is all around us and we are losing hope day by day. It is important to recognize the hope is what can help us get through fear of 2020.”

Query:  

What gets in the way of compassion? During these times where society is fear-driven, how do you think hope and faith work to defeat the fear within your community? Where do you drive your hope from? What are your hopes for the rest of the semester for yourself?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Liz Poole. You can read more on The Hunger Games in Wess Daniels’ article “Obstacles to Compassion.”

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday10:28.20207:00 PMVigil for Ja’lessa Morris in front of King HallGuiford College
Wednesday and Friday10.28.2020 10.30.202010:00 AM (Wed); 2:00 PM (Fri)Mezuzah MakingChavurah
Monday11.2.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Monday11.2.20202:00-3:00 PM
Coffee with Wess at Rachel’s Rose Cottage Patio
Friends Center
Wednesday11.4.20208:30 PmMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday11.4.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday11.4.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Friday – Sunday11.6-8.2020N/AVirtual ShabbatonChavurah/NC Hillel
Tuesday11.17.20203:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Dr. Hadia MubarakFriends Center
To find more information about these events, please click on the event. This will direct you to the event registration if required, or directly to a zoom link. If you notice events missing here, please let us know.
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Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 

Contact organizer here
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The weekend is designed so you can attend as many activities that interest you and work with your schedule. Some of the fun and learning include challah baking, tie-dye challah cover making, guided Jewish meditation, DIY campfire stories, and so much more.
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Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
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Resources

To find information about the Interfaith Leadership Council, faith leaders who work with students on campus, or to see a full calendar of all campus faith-related events, visit our Multifaith page.

The Friends Center Prayer Room is available to students of all faiths and spiritual journeys. Ideal for prayer, meditation, or reflection, we encourage folks to make use of this space. See our flyer for more information.

To contact Friends Center Director, email danielscw@guilford.edu.

For a variety of self-care resources, visit our Self-Care page.

To provide feedback or suggestions, submissions for artwork or Mindful Moments, or questions about this newsletter, contact perkinsja1@guilford.edu.


About Friends Center:

Friends Center is a collaborative project between the Religious Society of Friends and Guilford College. Friends Center is responsible for nurturing Quaker life and renewal on campus, building and sustaining interfaith cooperation on campus, and building relationships with the global Quaker community. To read more about Friends Center, visit the homepage of our website.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 6

Tidings from Friends

The Weekly Newsletter of Guilford College Friends Center

Welcome to Tidings from Friends, the weekly newsletter published by Guilford College’s Friends Center. In this time where we are more disconnected than usual and trying to find ways to connect and support the campus, we offer this as a means of lifting up our campus community with a brief thought and other reflective pieces for you.

Each week this newsletter will contain a list of upcoming events, a selection of local and/or student artwork or poetry, some resources for navigating religious life on campus, and a “mindful moment.” This mindful moment might be a passage of scripture, a written meditation, a link to a video, or something else. If you are interested in submitting artwork, poetry, or a mindful moment, please contact perkinsja1@guilford.edu.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This artwork by Madison Cross Sugg

Mindful Moment

Excerpt from The Blue Cat of Castle Town

 -Catherine Cate Coblentz

Sing your own song, said the river
Sing, sing your own song
Out of yesterday song comes
It goes into tomorrow,
Sing your own song.

With your life fashion beauty,
This too is the song.
Riches will pass and power,
But beauty remains.
Sing your own song.

All that is worth doing,
Do well, the river said.
Sing, sing your own song
Certain and round be the measure
Every line graceful and true.

Time is the mold, the weaver, carver,
Time and the workman together,
Sing your own song well,
Sing well, the river said,
Sing your own song well.

Quote:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman

Query:  

What song makes you come alive?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Rev. Kevin Matthews. You can hear more from Kevin Matthews in Connecting Conversations on October 27

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday10.21.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.21.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.21.20207:00 PMOPEN: The Conversation: Christianity and the LGBTQ+ CommunitySt. Mary’s Episcopal
Monday10.26.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Monday10.26.20202:00-3:00 PMCoffee with Wess at Rachel’s Rose Cottage PatioFriends Center
Tuesday10.27.20203:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends Center
Wednesday10.28.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.28.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.28.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Wednesday and Friday10.28.2020 10.30.2020TBAMezuzah MakingChavurah
To find more information about these events, please click on the event. This will direct you to the event registration if required, or directly to a zoom link. If you notice events missing here, please let us know.
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Opportunity: New Garden Friends Center is looking for new Young Friends Leaders. Contact Karin Heller if interested.

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Info and apply here
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Resources

To find information about the Interfaith Leadership Council, faith leaders who work with students on campus, or to see a full calendar of all campus faith-related events, visit our Multifaith page.

The Friends Center Prayer Room is available to students of all faiths and spiritual journeys. Ideal for prayer, meditation, or reflection, we encourage folks to make use of this space. See our flyer for more information.

To contact Friends Center Director, email danielscw@guilford.edu.

For a variety of self-care resources, visit our Self-Care page.

To provide feedback or suggestions, submissions for artwork or Mindful Moments, or questions about this newsletter, contact perkinsja1@guilford.edu.


About Friends Center:

Friends Center is a collaborative project between the Religious Society of Friends and Guilford College. Friends Center is responsible for nurturing Quaker life and renewal on campus, building and sustaining interfaith cooperation on campus, and building relationships with the global Quaker community. To read more about Friends Center, visit the homepage of our website.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 5

Tidings from Friends

The Weekly Newsletter of Guilford College Friends Center

Welcome to Tidings from Friends, the weekly newsletter published by Guilford College’s Friends Center. In this time where we are more disconnected than usual and trying to find ways to connect and support the campus, we offer this as a means of lifting up our campus community with a brief thought and other reflective pieces for you.

Each week this newsletter will contain a list of upcoming events, a selection of local and/or student artwork or poetry, some resources for navigating religious life on campus, and a “mindful moment.” This mindful moment might be a passage of scripture, a written meditation, a link to a video, or something else. If you are interested in submitting artwork, poetry, or a mindful moment, please contact perkinsja1@guilford.edu.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This photo by Jacob Perkins, Fall 2019 on El Camino de Santiago

Mindful Moment

Excerpt from Alone

 -Maya Angelou

Lying, thinking Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
Nobody, but nobody
Can Make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone…

Queries:  

I think that with COVID-19 that we may feel more distant than others and are fearful to reach out. But it is important to know that with all the craziness that is happening, we need each other! And we often need more than just to ask for help, but to be part of creating a community around you through a distance and spreading love helps life become easier and better during times like this. Do you too have trouble reaching out during this time? Why? What can you do, to make the community space and be there for others during this time?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Liz Poole

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday10.14.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.14.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.14.20207:00 PMOPEN: The Conversation: Sex and ChristianitySt. Mary’s Episcopal
Monday10.19.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.21.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.21.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.14.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Tuesday10.27.20203:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends Center
To find more information about these events, please click on the event. This will direct you to the event registration if required, or directly to a zoom link. If you notice events missing here, please let us know.
Click here to register!
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Info and apply here
Info and apply here
Info and apply here

Resources

To find information about the Interfaith Leadership Council, faith leaders who work with students on campus, or to see a full calendar of all campus faith-related events, visit our Multifaith page.

The Friends Center Prayer Room is available to students of all faiths and spiritual journeys. Ideal for prayer, meditation, or reflection, we encourage folks to make use of this space. See our flyer for more information.

To contact Friends Center Director, email danielscw@guilford.edu.

For a variety of self-care resources, visit our Self-Care page.

To provide feedback or suggestions, submissions for artwork or Mindful Moments, or questions about this newsletter, contact perkinsja1@guilford.edu.


About Friends Center:

Friends Center is a collaborative project between the Religious Society of Friends and Guilford College. Friends Center is responsible for nurturing Quaker life and renewal on campus, building and sustaining interfaith cooperation on campus, and building relationships with the global Quaker community. To read more about Friends Center, visit the homepage of our website.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 4

Tidings from Friends

The Weekly Newsletter of Guilford College Friends Center

Welcome to Tidings from Friends, the weekly newsletter published by Guilford College’s Friends Center. In this time where we are more disconnected than usual and trying to find ways to connect and support the campus, we offer this as a means of lifting up our campus community with a brief thought and other reflective pieces for you.

Each week this newsletter will contain a list of upcoming events, a selection of local and/or student artwork or poetry, some resources for navigating religious life on campus, and a “mindful moment.” This mindful moment might be a passage of scripture, a written meditation, a link to a video, or something else. If you are interested in submitting artwork, poetry, or a mindful moment, please contact perkinsja1@guilford.edu.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This photo by Jacob Perkins, Fall 2019 on El Camino de Santiago

Mindful Moment

“We are not going to struggle to save places we don’t love, we can’t love places we don’t know, and we’ll never know places we haven’t learned.” 

 -Babbo Duen

I first came across Duen’s quote when I was learning about the concept of Watershed Discipleship. Watershed Discipleship is an approach to theology that keeps faith and practice rooted in the land, its history, and the ecosystems that make it up; it is a form of what theologian Ched Myers calls “bioregional spirituality.”

What Duen is saying is those who are committed to responding to the ecological devastation we face as a human family must seek to learn, commit to, and fall in love with the places we live. We need to allow the bioregions to shape our moral and theological imaginations, as well as our practice.

I often wonder – probably like you – what life will look like after the current crises we face. I find Duen’s remarks instructive in this regards. What do we want to last? What are the things we need and want in a world post-covid? Those are the things we need to be pouring our love and energy into right now. It may be all the energy we can muster but let’s save that which we love and truly love that which we set out to hold onto. Much will be lost but those places and people we commit to have the best change of surviving the current challenges.

You can learn about Watershed Discipleship here: https://watersheddiscipleship.org

Queries:  

– What are the places that you love? 

– Where do you invest your time and energy does it reflect that which you most want to save?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Wess Daniels

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday10.7.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.7.20205:00 PMIntro to Prayerbook HebrewChavurah
Wednesday10.7.20206:30 PMFellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.7.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Monday10.12.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Tuesday10.11.20203:00 PMIntro to JudaismChavurah
Wednesday10.14.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.14.20206:30 PMFellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.14.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Tuesday10.27.20203:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends Center
To find more information about these events, please click on the event. This will direct you to the event registration if required, or directly to a zoom link. If you notice events missing here, please let us know.
Click here to register!
Click here to email organizer!
Info and apply here
Info and apply here
Info and apply here

Resources

To find information about the Interfaith Leadership Council, faith leaders who work with students on campus, or to see a full calendar of all campus faith-related events, visit our Multifaith page.

The Friends Center Prayer Room is available to students of all faiths and spiritual journeys. Ideal for prayer, meditation, or reflection, we encourage folks to make use of this space. See our flyer for more information.

To contact Friends Center Director, email danielscw@guilford.edu.

For a variety of self-care resources, visit our Self-Care page.

To provide feedback or suggestions, submissions for artwork or Mindful Moments, or questions about this newsletter, contact perkinsja1@guilford.edu.


About Friends Center:

Friends Center is a collaborative project between the Religious Society of Friends and Guilford College. Friends Center is responsible for nurturing Quaker life and renewal on campus, building and sustaining interfaith cooperation on campus, and building relationships with the global Quaker community. To read more about Friends Center, visit the homepage of our website.