Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 13

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!

Special Note: This is our final issue of the year 2020. We will be back with Issue No. 14 when students return to campus in January. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!


Artwork
This photo provided by Jacob Perkins, Guilford College. Photo taken on campus February 20, 2020.

Mindful Moment

Harmony” A Diné (Navajo) Prayer

In harmony may I walk.
With harmony before me may I walk.
With harmony behind me may I walk.
With harmony above me may I walk.
With harmony underneath my feet may I walk.
With harmony all around me may I walk.
It is done in harmony.

Query:  

This prayer of the Diné people comes to mind often during times such as these, when harmony seems to be in short supply in the universe. Harmony among and with all things is an important concept in many Indigenous lifeways. While it may be impossible for us to create harmony on a large scale right now, we can, however, strive to find harmony within ourselves. The query: How, where, and with whom can I find harmony?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday12.16.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends 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). 


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

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. 12

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 provided by Jacob Perkins, Guilford College

Mindful Moment

“The Voice” by Shel Silverstein

There is a voice inside of you 
that whispers all day long, 
‘I feel that this right for me,
I know that this is wrong.’ 
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend 
or wise man can decide
what’s right for you- just listen to 
the voice that speaks inside. 

Query:  

When I was younger, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein ignited my love for poetry. It was an easy read for me and it allowed me to look at the world from a different perspective. I was able to take what I read and connect it to the things in my life that were not going the best for me. This is one poem from that book that sticks out to me when I think about spirituality. What voices around you have affected your life choices? 
How do you listen to the voice inside yourself instead of the world around you? 

This Mindful Moment provided by: Liz Poole.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday12.9.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday12.9.20207:00 PMA Conversation with Bari Weiss (see flyer below)Chavurah/Greensboro Jewish Federation
Monday12.14.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends 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). 

In her book How to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bari Weiss exposes the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in this country and explains what we can do to defeat it. Just this past October, Bari Weiss appeared on the talk show The View to discuss cancel culture, which she called “wrong and deeply un-American”. Unafraid to speak her mind, Weiss joins us as our Campaign Kickoff speaker this coming Wednesday, December 9th @ 7pm and you don’t want to miss what she has to say! Get your ticket TODAY. Students may attend free of charge, but you must reserve your ticket! Click here to get your ticket.

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

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. 11

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 provided by Alana Harrelson, Guilford College

Mindful Moment

O Come, O Come Emmanuel: Advent a time of Waiting

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine Advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight,
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of humankind;
O bid our sad divisions cease,
And be for us the King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Query:  

This Christian hymn, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, is one of the oldest and most popular of the Advent antiphons, sung during the period of waiting for Christ to come which leads up to Christmas, known as the season of Advent. This Advent, I reflect that we have been in a period of “Advent” all year – waiting for the pandemic to end, waiting for the election to happen and then waiting for results, waiting to return to school, waiting for test results, waiting for the year 2020 to end. Advent is about more, however, than simply waiting. Advent, literally meaning “coming” or “arrival,” involves looking toward the future – looking toward what can be, what we can do. While we wait for hard times to end, may we also look toward what comes next with joy and anticipation and hope. What are you waiting for, and what are you looking toward?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday12.2.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Saturday12.5.20207:00 PMAmong Us Game Night (see flyer below)Chavurah/NC Hillel
Monday12.7.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends 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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

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 Vicki Cathcart for more info!

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

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.