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.

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“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

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.
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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.