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 email@example.com.
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Mindful Moment: “Walking Outside” by Thich Nhat Hanh
“When we open the door and go out into the fresh air, we can be immediately in touch with the air and the Earth and all the elements around us. When we walk, we know we’re not stepping on something inanimate. The ground we’re walking on is not inert matter. Understanding the Earth in this way, we can walk on the planet with as much respect and reverence as we would walk when in a house of worship or in any sacred space. We can bring our full awareness to each step. Steps like these have the power to save our lives.”
As we transition into spring, spending time outdoors becomes more accessible for more people. Doing something as simple as spending some time outside daily can have a positive impact on us; physically, mentally, spiritually. Many of us are separated physically from the communities we were/are part of prior to the pandemic. For some, it may be useful to approach the Earth itself as a sacred space. For me, it has been useful to recognize my existence as part of a larger, more complex ecosystem and community with the rest of the Earth – beyond just humanity or even what we consider to be “living” things. The query: What communities do you miss or have you been separated from? Can you approach the outdoors in a way to ease this pain? How can we move forward with a better understanding of the Earth and our relationship with it?
This Mindful Moment provided by Jacob Perkins
|Wednesday||3.17.2021||5:00 PM||GCM Weekly Fellowship on Founders Hall Lawn||Guilford Christian Ministry|
|Friday||3.19.2021||1:00 PM||Meeting for Centering Silence (open to all)||Friends Center|
|Monday||3.22.2021||1:00 PM||Meeting for Centering Silence (student focus)||Friends Center|
|Monday||3.22.2021||2:00 – 2:30 PM||Community Memorial and Time of Silence (on the Quad, with masks and social distancing)||Friends Center|
|Tuesday||3.23.2021||7:00 PM||The Way of Love: Lenten Series (read more below)||St. Mary’s House|
|Wednesday||3.24.2021||8:30 AM||Meeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)||Friends Center|
|Wednesday||3.24.2021||7:24 PM||GCM Weekly Fellowship||Guilford Christian Ministry|
|Wednesday||3.31.2021||1:00 PM||Connecting Conversations with Dr. Jill Peterfeso||Friends Center|
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.