Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 14

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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Special Note: Welcome back to all in the Guilford Community! Friends Center wishes you a productive and successful spring semester!

This photo provided by Jacob Perkins, Guilford College.

Mindful Moment

Keep Watch, dear Lord”

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.


This Christian prayer for Compline (night prayer, often said just before bed) comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979), published by The Episcopal Church. Imagery of the Divine being a guardian and providing protection are common in many faiths. Other sources of solace might be friend groups, families, sports teams, etc. The query this week is twofold: Who or what do you turn to for protection and solace? How can you be part of a support structure for others?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday1.13.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Friday1.15.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday1.18.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday1.20.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday1.27.20211:00 – 2:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends Center
Wednesday1.27.20216:00 PMCelebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Link coming soon)Guilford College, UNCG, A&T, & International Civil Rights Museum
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). 

Click here for more info and to register!
Applications for the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) are now open!  Join Hillel staff and a diverse group of Jewish students from across North Carolina for 10 weeks of community, connection and content. Receive a $250 stipend for your time and commitment.
More info and application here: nchillel.org/jlf
Please reach out to Vicki Cathcart, Director of Jewish Student Life, vcathcart@guilford.edu if you have any questions.

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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.