Tidings from Friends: Fall 2021 Issue No. 09 (Thanksgiving Edition!)

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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Artwork
Photo by Jacob Perkins ’22

Mindful Moment

A couple of Rumi quotes

“Let yourself be silently drawn
by the strange pull
of what you really love

it will not lead you astray.

“It’s your road, and yours alone.
Others may walk it with you,
but no one can walk it for you.”


Query: I am in the midst of decisions which have enormous impacts on my future…discerning the next steps is something which has become an enormous part of my daily thoughts. These two Rumi quotes give me comfort and remind me that this journey is my journey…and that wherever I go it is my path (even if it is not the path I envisioned). What brings you comfort and guidance on your journey?

This Mindful Moment provided by Jacob Perkins ’22

Courses in Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies is excited to announce its Spring 2022 course offerings! Access this document to see courses and a brief description of each. Please contact peterfesojm@guilford.edu for more information.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventLocationOrganization
Sunday11.28.202111:00 AMInformal Episcopal Worship: liturgy, communion, prayers, & hymns. All are welcome.St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Tuesday11.30.20216:30 PMCommunity Meal: home cooked meal and with friends, new and old! Optional Bible study at 7:15. St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Tuesday11.30.20217:00 PMUKIRK TuesdayHolderness HouseUKIRK Greensboro (PCUSA/ Presbyterian)
Wednesday12.1.20215:45-7:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Dr. Zhihong ChenMoon RoomFriends 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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Job Opportunity:

Associate Superintendent for Western Yearly Meeting. See pdf files below:

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: Fall 2021 Issue No. 08

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
Artwork by Iris Newlin

Mindful Moment

Keep Your Grit by Louis E. Thayer

Hang on! Cling on! No matter what they say,
Push on! Sing on! Things will come your way.
Sitting down and whining never help a bit –
Best way to get there is by keeping up your Grit.

Don’t give up hoping when the ship goes down;
Grab a spar or something, just refuse to drown.
Don’t think you’re dying just because you’re hit;
Smile in face of danger and hang on to your Grit.

Folks die too easy, they sort o’ fade away;
Make a little error and give up in dismay;
Kind o’ man that’s needed is the man of ready wit
To laugh at pain and loss and keep fast hold his Grit.


Query: With this poem, It expresses having this inner focus within yourself to press on and keep moving forward. As many of us are aware, we are almost nearing the end of this semester, and some of us may be feeling burnt out, exhausted, and even losing the spirit to keep going. Yet we shouldn’t give up. Even if we feel like we hit a wall with the work in our way, we shouldn’t let ourselves be disheartened. Because we shouldn’t give up here, and we won’t get things done if we were to give up. So let’s keep our heads held high, and put our best foot forward beyond the finish line.

This Mindful Moment provided by Brandon Sisnett

Courses in Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies is excited to announce its Spring 2022 course offerings! Access this document to see courses and a brief description of each. Please contact peterfesojm@guilford.edu for more information.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventLocationOrganization
Thursday11.18.20216:00 PMGames NightSt. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Thursday11.18.20217:24 PMWeekly Fellowship & Bible StudyMoon RoomGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday11.19.20214:00 – 5:00 PMQuaker Meeting Worship (QLSP focus but open to all) Moon RoomFriends Center
Saturday11.20.202110:00 AM – NoonFree Farmer’s MarketNew Garden ParkGCM/Church of the Redeemer
Sunday11.21.202111:00 AMInformal Episcopal Worship: liturgy, communion, prayers, & hymns. All are welcome.St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Tuesday11.23.20216:30 PMCommunity Meal: home cooked meal and with friends, new and old! Optional Bible study at 7:15. St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Tuesday11.23.20217:00 PMUKIRK TuesdayHolderness HouseUKIRK Greensboro (PCUSA/ Presbyterian)
Wednesday12.1.20215:45-7:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Dr. Zhihong ChenMoon RoomFriends 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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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: Fall 2021 Issue No. 07

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
“Mountains on the Move” by Madison Cross Sugg

Mindful Moment

Dolly Parton’s Stairway to Heaven

In the Dolly Parton version of Stairway to Heaven, she sings these modified lyrics: 

Oh, the great almighty dollar
Leaves you lonely, lost and hollow
You can’t fool yourself forever
You gotta work to get to Heaven (Heaven)
Stairway to Heaven (Heaven)
If we listen and hold fast (Heaven)
To every question that we asked
The truth will come to us at last


Here, Dolly presents a unique argument in the current society we live in. Against the backdrop of increasing wealth inequality, poverty, and climate disaster, she separates the idea from work from the idea of money. It begs the question: how hard will we work to be spiritually fulfilled? Does that “work” feel as worth it as the work we do for money? Is it really work at all if it feeds back into us? 

So in the spirit of that, a query. How do we separate the work for love of God, love of Light, and love of community from the work that is created for the love of capital? 

This Mindful Moment provided by Jim Glenn

Courses in Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies is excited to announce its Spring 2022 course offerings! Access this document to see courses and a brief description of each. Please contact peterfesojm@guilford.edu for more information.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventLocationOrganization
Thursday11.11.20216:00 PMGames NightSt. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Thursday11.11.20217:24 PMWeekly Fellowship & Bible StudyMoon RoomGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday11.12.20214:00 – 5:00 PMQuaker Meeting Worship (QLSP focus but open to all) Moon RoomFriends Center
Saturday11.13.202110:00 AM – NoonFree Farmer’s MarketNew Garden ParkGCM/Church of the Redeemer
Sunday11.14.202111:00 AMInformal Episcopal Worship: liturgy, communion, prayers, & hymns. All are welcome.St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Tuesday11.16.20216:30 PMCommunity Meal: home cooked meal and with friends, new and old! Optional Bible study at 7:15. St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Tuesday11.16.20217:00 PMUKIRK TuesdayHolderness HouseUKIRK Greensboro (PCUSA/ Presbyterian)
Wednesday12.1.20215:45-7:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Dr. Zhihong ChenMoon RoomFriends 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.

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: Fall 2021 Issue No. 06

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
Photo by Patrick Robert Doyle on Unsplash

Mindful Moment

Excerpt from Christian Century: New York Public Library’s Act of Grace

Many of us look for small signs of hope that might circumvent national politics and render relief to people on the margins. Happily, in this regard, the New York Public Library recently made a beautiful announcement. The library will no longer charge late fees on overdue books and media resources, and it will waive all fines accrued from the past. While this may sound like minor tinkering with a tiny piece of everyday life, its impact is huge…


…It’s a gracious institutional move on the part of an enormous library reaching out into a sometimes ungracious world. To suddenly erase fees while trusting patrons to bring books back sounds an awful lot like the arithmetic of grace. The oddity and wonder of that five-letter word is that it’s undeserved, unexpected, and often astonishing. Grace has a way of dispensing with things we’ve been taught: Pay your dues, or else. There’s a fee for that. Don’t expect a freebie.

Query: Our author says, “Grace was never meant to be an exclusively religious word, devoid of all meaning in the wider culture.” Despite this ‘secular’ use of grace, I can’t help but see this grace as a thing of the Spirit – wherever there is good in the world, I believe that there also is God. How can we (as individuals, as an institution, as a community) show grace to those around us?

Click here to access the full article.

This Mindful Moment provided by Jacob Perkins

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventLocationOrganization
Thursday11.4.20216:00 PMJAM Session: open jam surrounded by visual artists.St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Thursday11.4.20217:24 PMWeekly Fellowship & Bible StudyMoon RoomGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday11.5.20214:00 – 5:00 PMQuaker Meeting Worship (QLSP focus but open to all) Moon RoomFriends Center
Saturday11.6.202110:00 AM – NoonFree Farmer’s MarketNew Garden ParkGCM/Church of the Redeemer
Sunday11.7.202111:00 AMInformal Episcopal Worship: liturgy, communion, prayers, & hymns. All are welcome.St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Tuesday11.9.20216:30 PMCommunity Meal: home cooked meal and with friends, new and old! Optional Bible study at 7:15. St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Tuesday11.9.20217:00 PMUKIRK TuesdayHolderness HouseUKIRK Greensboro (PCUSA/ Presbyterian)
Wednesday11.10.20215:45-7:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Life as Pilgrimage with Garrett CollinsMoon RoomFriends 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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Register today!

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.