Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 20

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 by Casey Horner on Unsplash

Mindful Moment

Excerpt from “A Great Wagon
By Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

Query: How do we get to this field?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Garret Collins

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday2.24.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.24.20211:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Michelle WardFriends Center
Wednesday2.24.2021All DayDay of Testimonies
Wednesday2.24.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Thursday-Sunday2.25-28.21Various TimesPurim Shabbaton 2021 (read more below)Chavurah/NC Hillel
Friday2.26.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday3.1.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Tuesday3.2.20217:00 PMThe Way of Love: Lenten Series (read more below)St. Mary’s House
Wednesday3.3.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday3.3.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
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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The Way of Love Lenten Series: Join us for “The Way of Love,” our presentation and discussion online series following the Way of Love, beginning February 23 at 7:00pm. We’ll have some prayer, some discussion, and ideas for reflection on what it means to be committed to a holy life. No shaving of heads, wearing funny clothes, or chanting required (but you can if you want to!). You can still have chocolate.
The theme for the first week is Turn. We’re going to focus on turning towards positive things, not away from negative ones. All are joyfully welcomed as you are. Join us on Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/7768363985

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). 

This weekend! Check out our schedule at  www.nchillel.org/purim-2021. You don’t need to attend everything, just what you think you’ll like. There’s everything from mixology to Late Night Megillah reading to a Purim Drag Show and more. There are synchronous and asynchronous activities through the Shabbaton. Be sure to register at bit.ly/nchillelpurimparty
Click here for more info and to register!
For the safety of our students, a registration is required for this virtual event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4OJFROR7H7b7dwlDTx-ffPDrvwcwno9HxTfoJLDGkpSHDBA/viewform

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. 19

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 artwork created by Teagan Gilliam, Guilford College. Read the Mindful Moment below for Teagan’s commentary and query!

Mindful Moment

This piece I drew with markers is inspired by Genesis 15:5 “He took him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He added, “So shall your offspring be.”” The text to the left actually has that verse written in cursive Hebrew. What does it mean to have numerous offspring? To me, as a person going into education it means I will be a figure in the lives of children and I need to be cautious of my actions and the impacts they may have on the future leaders of the world. It is a blessing to me to be able to pursue this field, and I am thankful everyday for the opportunities I’ve been given.

This Mindful Moment provided by: Teagan Gilliam

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday2.17.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.17.20217:00 PMVirtual Ash Wednesday Service (read more below)St. Mary’s House
Wednesday2.17.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday2.19.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday2.22.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.24.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.24.20211:00 – 2:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Michelle WardFriends Center
Wednesday2.24.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
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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Virtual Ash Wednesday: The most significant part of Ash Wednesday is not actually the ashes! It is the beginning of Lent, a period when Christians traditionally spend time in reflection on our lives and seek to improve them. But…., if you want ashes, you can make them. From last year’s palms, ideally, or any substance really (do this outside!) And join us for a virtual service on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00pm (with or without ashes!) via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/7768363985) or watch on Facebook  (www.facebook.com/smhgreensboro). 

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!

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. 18

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

Evidence, Part 2
By Mary Oliver

There are many ways to perish, or to flourish.
How old pain, for example, can stall us at the threshold of function.
Memory: a golden bowl or a basement without light.
For which reason the nightmare comes with its painful story and says: ​you need to know this.
Some memories I would give anything to forget. Others, I would not trade upon the point of death, they are the bright hawks of my life.
Still, friends, consider stone, that is without the fret of gravity, and water that is without anxiety.
And the pine trees that never forget their recipe for renewal.
And the female wood duck who is looking this way and that way for her children. And the snapping turtle who is looking this way and that way also. This is the world.
And consider always, every day, the determination of the grass to grow despite the unending obstacles.

Query:

Celebrating your breath being slower today than it was yesterday is not a waste of time.

This Mindful Moment provided by: Hannah Grace MacLean

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday2.10.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.10.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday2.10.20218:00 PMHillel Speed-FriendingChavurah/Hillel
Friday2.12.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday2.15.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.17.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.17.20217:00 PMVirtual Ash Wednesday Service (read more below)St. Mary’s House
Wednesday2.17.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday2.24.20211:00 – 2:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Michelle WardFriends 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.

Virtual Ash Wednesday: The most significant part of Ash Wednesday is not actually the ashes! It is the beginning of Lent, a period when Christians traditionally spend time in reflection on our lives and seek to improve them. But…., if you want ashes, you can make them. From last year’s palms, ideally, or any substance really (do this outside!) And join us for a virtual service on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00pm (with or without ashes!) via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/7768363985) or watch on Facebook  (www.facebook.com/smhgreensboro). 

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). 

Sign up here
Click here for more info and to register!

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. 17

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 Zhihong Chen, Guilford College.

Mindful Moment

Poem of the Atoms
By Jalāl al-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (1207-1273)  

O day, arise! The atoms are dancing.
Thanks to Him the universe is dancing.
The souls are dancing, overcome with ecstasy.
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is taking them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert know well, they seem insane.
Every single atom, happy or miserable,
Becomes enamoured of the sun, of which nothing can be said. 

[Composer Armand Amar rendered this poem into music in the film Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul (2005). Sang by Salar Aghili and Haroun Teboul. It is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H272focq0Cw

This Mindful Moment provided by: Zhihong Chen.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday2.3.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.3.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday2.5.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday2.8.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.10.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.10.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday2.24.20211:00 – 2:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Michelle WardFriends 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). 

Click here for more info and to register!
For the safety of our students, a registration is required for this virtual event.

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.