Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 9

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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Mindful Moment

Strength from Tragedy

“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

The Dalai Lama XIV

This brief quote and translation of a Tibetan proverb resounds loudly right now for those of us at Guilford College and beyond. With sources of stress and strife coming from seemingly all angles; from a global pandemic to the program cuts announced at Guilford; tribulation seems inescapable. The Dalai Lama tells us that rather than trying to escape tragedy, it can be harnessed “as a source of strength,” and to remain hopeful. How can we use our personal, communal, national, and global tragedies to fuel and empower change and progress?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.
For more on tribulation and faith, join us for Connecting Conversations next Tuesday!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday11.11.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday11.11.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday11.11.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Saturday11.14.20207:00 PMHavdalah and Campfire SongsHillel
Monday11.16.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Monday11.16.20202:00 PM – 3:00 PMCoffee and Conversation with Wess DanielsFriends Center
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). 

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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.