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.

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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

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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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.