Tidings from Friends: Spring 2022 Issue No. 03

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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Photo by Liz Nicholson

Mindful Moment

We are humans filled with a deep capacity for a wide range of emotions. In our cultural context, some of these emotions are valued more than others–like happiness, joy, peacefulness, and hope. In our valuing of certain emotions, we also have a tendency to demonize, hide, or mask our experience of negative emotions– like fear, sadness, anger, and shame. In our work to embrace our fullness of humans and accept ourselves and others in their fullness, part of that work, for me, is embracing my emotional capacity–recognizing that I am allowed to feel all of the things, and can actively work to welcome that sometimes devastating range. I have learned much of this from the wonderful and recently passed, Thích Nhất Hạnh. “Thích Nhất Hạnh was a Vietnamese Thiền Buddhist monk, peace activist, prolific author, poet, and teacher.” He is often referred to or known as the “father of mindfulness.” 
Mindfulness has, at times, become a bit commodified in our busy capitalist society, however, Hạnh invites us into a deeper practice of mindfulness in our daily and spiritual lives. Hạnh’s writing and work invites us to focus on our breath, and work to be present in every moment, knowing that is all we truly have. His experiences of suffering and war in his home land led him to study and spread a message of nonviolence and peace around the world. I invite you to honor Thích Nhất Hạnh by listening to one of his mindfulness practices, or by doing a simple breathing exercise wherever you are. I would also invite you to welcome emotions as they come, knowing that when we have awareness and mindfulness around our emotions, they are not our enemies, but useful teachers that can help guide us to live our lives more centered in our values. 

This Mindful Moment provided by Liz Nicholson

Upcoming Events

Wednesday2.2.20228:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends CenterFriends Center
Thursday2.3.20226:00 PMD&D Game NightSt. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Thursday2.3.20227:24 PMStudent FellowshipMoon RoomGuilford Christian Ministry
Sunday2.6.202211:00 AMInformal Episcopal Worship: liturgy, communion, prayers, & hymns. All are welcome.St. Mary’s HouseSt. Mary’s House (Episcopal Campus Ministry)
Tuesday2.8.20226:30 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)
Tuesday2.8.20227:00 PMUKIRK TuesdayHolderness HouseUKIRK Greensboro (PCUSA/ Presbyterian)
Wednesday2.9.20228:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends CenterFriends Center
Friday – Saturday2.18-19.2022Ripple ConferenceVirtual/Friends CenterElon University/ Friends 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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Contact perkinsja1@guilford.edu for more information and to register for free.

Opportunity for Students: CPPS

Conference Grants for Students
These new funds are intended to help students attend conferences and other events directly related to their coursework or educational endeavors at Guilford College. Students should be in good standing with Guilford College both when applying and for the duration of the conference or event they are applying for.

  • Up to $300 are available to individual students.
  • Applicants will need to have a faculty sponsor to apply.
  • We encourage faculty and staff to encourage students to apply or contact CPPSET.
  • More information, and an application form, can be found on the CPPSET’s website. Make sure to use the form labeled, “CPPSET EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDS FOR STUDENTS APPLICATION (2021-22).”


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 Wess Daniels, email danielscw@guilford.edu.

To contact QLSP Director Liz Nicholson, email nicholsonea@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.