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.

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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. 


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

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.


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.