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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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.”


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

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
Sign up to receive one of our limited number of FREE boxes of goodies and be a part of NC Hillel’s Virtual Shabbaton – Camp NC Hillel! bit.ly/CampNCHillel
Not living in Greensboro this semester, no worries. Your package will be sent to your doorstep.

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.
Click here to email organizer!
Info and apply here
Info and apply here
Info and apply here
Click here to register!

Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.


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.