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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 email@example.com for more information.
|Thursday||11.11.2021||6:00 PM||Games Night||St. Mary’s House||St. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)|
|Thursday||11.11.2021||7:24 PM||Weekly Fellowship & Bible Study||Moon Room||Guilford Christian Ministry|
|Friday||11.12.2021||4:00 – 5:00 PM||Quaker Meeting Worship (QLSP focus but open to all)||Moon Room||Friends Center|
|Saturday||11.13.2021||10:00 AM – Noon||Free Farmer’s Market||New Garden Park||GCM/Church of the Redeemer|
|Sunday||11.14.2021||11:00 AM||Informal Episcopal Worship: liturgy, communion, prayers, & hymns. All are welcome.||St. Mary’s House||St. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)|
|Tuesday||11.16.2021||6:30 PM||Community Meal: home cooked meal and with friends, new and old! Optional Bible study at 7:15.||St. Mary’s House||St. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)|
|Tuesday||11.16.2021||7:00 PM||UKIRK Tuesday||Holderness House||UKIRK Greensboro (PCUSA/ Presbyterian)|
|Wednesday||12.1.2021||5:45-7:00 PM||Connecting Conversations with Dr. Zhihong Chen||Moon Room||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.