Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 25

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

By Hildegard of Bingen

“I am the one whose praise echoes on high.
I adorn all the earth.
I am the breeze that nurtures all things green.
I encourage blossoms to flourish with ripening fruits.
I am led by the spirit to feed the purest streams.
I am the rain coming from the dew
that causes the grasses to laugh with the joy of life.
I am the yearning for good.”

This meditation by Hildegard of Bingen brings together the natural and the supernatural, the creation and the creator, all into one divine existence marked by “the yearning for good.” The query: Where do I witness the divine? I invite us to not only look outward, but also to look inward in our search.

This Mindful Moment provided by Jacob Perkins

Upcoming Events

Wednesday3.31.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday3.31.20211:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Dr. Jill PeterfesoFriends Center
Wednesday3.31.20215:00 PMGCM Weekly Fellowship on Founders Hall LawnGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday4.2.20211:00 PMVigil in Honor of Asian & Asian-American Individuals and CommunitiesFriends Center
Monday4.5.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Tuesday4.6.20217:00 PMThe Way of Love: Lenten Series (read more below)St. Mary’s House
Wednesday4.7.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday4.7.20217:24 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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Join us for a Vigil in Honor of Asian & Asian-American Individuals and Communities

Please join us this Friday as we join together as a community for a vigil honoring Asian and Asian-American Individuals and Communities impacted by ongoing racism and violence. We join together in rejecting hate and white supremacy in all of its forms and uplift those suffering the most from all acts of racism.

Friday, April 2 from 1-1:30pm (EST)

Zoom Information

Meeting ID: 967 2649 5075
Passcode: 806966

Friends Center in partnership with the President’s Office, DEI, International Student Club, Counseling Center, Student Affairs, and more.

Click here for more info and to register!
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.