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.

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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…


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

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.
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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.