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.

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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.


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

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.
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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 Vicki Cathcart for more info!

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.