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.

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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

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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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.