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 email@example.com.
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Listening for the “Distant Triumph Song”
And when the strife, is fierce, the warfare long,Verse from For All the Saints, by William Walsham How
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Commentary by Richard H. Schmidt, Sing to the Lord an Old Song, P77:
“But through it all there “steals on the ear the distant triumph song.” Sometimes its strains are muffled and sometimes we aren’t paying attention to it. But even then, above the roar of competing noises we hear, perhaps faintly, the chorus of the redeemed, sung by those who have strived and fought before us…We only hear that distant triumph song when we pause to listen for it. We find out way by walking a new path-the path of listening, stillness, and waiting. Then we feel ourselves picked up and carried along by all the saints. Our hearts are “brave, again, and arms are strong.”
Early this week Christians celebrated All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, holidays on which we remember those who have gone before us. This verse of the traditional All Saints’ hymn seems to ring particularly loudly right now…especially the part about the “strife is fierce, the warfare long.” And yet Schmidt reminds us that even in the midst of strife, there is a strain, however distant or faint, of triumph, peace, and justice. We can find this strain only by focusing our minds and listening for the song of our departed loved ones, of the great figures who have gone before and for whose causes we still fight today. I ask you – Who’s “song” of life drives you, who is your “saint?” Why do you fight for the things you love? How does the song of your saint pick you up, and strengthen you?
This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.
|Wednesday||11.4.2020||8:30 AM||Meeting for Centering Silence||Friends Center|
|Wednesday||11.4.2020||6:30 PM||Fellowship: What’s your story?||Guilford Christian Ministry|
|Wednesday||11.4.2020||7:00 PM||OPEN: The Conversation: Post-election discussion, reflection, prayer.||St. Mary’s Episcopal|
|Friday – Sunday||11.6-8.2020||N/A||Virtual Shabbaton||Chavurah|
|Monday||11.9.2020||1:00 PM||Meeting for Centering Silence||Friends Center|
|Monday||11.9.2020||2:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Coffee and Conversation with Wess Daniels||Friends Center|
|Monday||11.9.2020||7:00 PM||Mitzvote: Post-Election Reflection (Password VOTE)||Chavurah|
|SAVE THE DATE!|
|Tuesday||11.17.2020||3:00 PM||Connecting Conversations: Dr. Hadia Mubarak||Friends Center|
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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.