Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 24

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: “Mother Earth’s Spring Dress”

Told by Edna Chekelelee

“And this time of year
      our Mother Earth has worked all winter long
      in making her dress,
      beautiful dress,
      but it’s green.
‘Bout the early spring she adds some flowers to it.
And whenever she gets ready
      she drops her skirt down the mountainside,
      you can see it across the mountain
      all her skirt is full
      with all the flowers-
      dogwood flowers, azaleas,
      and all kinds of flowers.
That’s our Mother’s skirt
      that she had worked on all winter long.
So rejoice in it
      and try to keep it clean-
      This is our Mother Earth that we walk on.”

This story, told by Cherokee storyteller, mother, and teacher Edna Chekelelee in Living Stories of the Cherokee (Edited by Barbara Duncan, a Professor of Cherokee at UNC Asheville), is a pleasure to read and dwell upon as we continue to push into spring. This story brings together the beauty and process of the emergence of spring with our environmental responsibility to keep the Earth clean – to keep our Mother Earth clean as we exist upon it. The query: How do I help to keep the Earth clean? What relationship do I have with the rest of the planet? What relationship do I have with the rest of humanity? Are these relationships connected?

This Mindful Moment provided by Jacob Perkins

Upcoming Events

Wednesday3.24.20215:00 PMGCM Weekly Fellowship on Founders Hall LawnGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday3.26.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
3.27.2021 – 4.4.2021PassoverChavurah/Hillel
Monday3.29.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Tuesday3.30.20217:00 PMThe Way of Love: Lenten Series (read more below)St. Mary’s House
Wednesday3.31.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday3.31.20211:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Dr. Jill PeterfesoFriends Center
Wednesday3.31.20217:24 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 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

For the safety of our students, a registration is required for this virtual event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4OJFROR7H7b7dwlDTx-ffPDrvwcwno9HxTfoJLDGkpSHDBA/viewform


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.