Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 22

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: Speak for Yourself

These past 2 years has been one of the hardest times that our world has seen. Our lives have changed in ways we cannot explain. I want to give you a word of encouragement. What can we do now?

What will we do to change our circumstances now, (Sow your seed) so that when life is back to normal you can reap the benefit? (Galatians 6:7-9) What will we have to show for this time? What will we tell others about the time that the world stopped? 

Did you keep going? Did you write that book, or read all the books you want to read? Did you record that video on Youtube? Did you reorganize your home because clutter makes you unproductive? Did you do the small things everyday to make life worth living? When I speak to you, I speak to myself. I know you are tired, and ready to return to a normal life. What will we do now to stay grateful, productive and at peace? I know you are sad, but Speak for yourself… Speak for you when this is done. What will you have done for yourself, and others? If nothing yet, there’s always time. Always time to find our passions, and they are waiting to find us. I’ll share a song (link) that has really touched me in this difficult time. It reminds me that life is worth living and worth conquering and moving forward. (Romans 8:37). Make sure you rise like the day and rise unafraid. High like the waves, and in spite of the ache. And do it a thousand times again. (Isaiah 40:31) 

This Mindful Moment provided by Whitney K. Smith, MAT

Upcoming Events

Wednesday3.10.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday3.10.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday3.12.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Saturday3.13.20217:00 PMTriad Hillel HavdalahChavurah/Hillel
Monday3.15.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Tuesday3.16.20217:00 PMThe Way of Love: Lenten Series (read more below)St. Mary’s House
Wednesday3.17.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday3.17.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday3.31.20211:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Dr. Jill PeterfesoFriends 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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For the safety of our students, a registration is required for this virtual event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4OJFROR7H7b7dwlDTx-ffPDrvwcwno9HxTfoJLDGkpSHDBA/viewform
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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 at 7:00pm weekly on Tuesdays. 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. All are joyfully welcomed as you are. Join us on Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/7768363985


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.