In Search of a New Director of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program

Friends Center at Guilford College is hiring for the Director of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program

QLSP” is an almost 30 year old scholarship program that seeks to apprentice participants to the Quaker tradition, for the purpose of living spiritually-rooted, racially just, theologically robust, and experientially prepared lives as leaders within and outside of the Religious Society of Friends. 

I see QLSP as one of Guilford’s crown jewels; the Director for the Program will ensure that it remains a compelling and effective program in the coming years. 

This is a full-time, 12 month position. The hired candidate , who would work closely with me, Wess Daniels, at Friends Center, should be a Quaker or have a deep spiritual groundedness and clear working knowledge of Quakerism in order to teach and honor the Quaker tradition. They should have experience teaching college-age students, guiding robust programming, working on current social justice related issues, and a passion for caring, working with, and guiding the spiritual, emotional, mental aspects of students’ lives  through their college career. 

The application is open until early August and we hope to hire in the fall. Please consider if there is someone you know who would be a good fit for the job. A Master’s degree or comparable years of experience being required.

Thank you for your help. Find more information, job description, and apply using the link below.

Link: https://guilford.peopleadmin.com/postings/3674

Join us for a Vigil in Honor of Asian & Asian-American Individuals and Communities

Friends,

Please join us this Friday as we join together as a community for a vigil honoring Asian and Asian-American Individuals and Communities impacted by ongoing racism and violence. We join together in rejecting hate and white supremacy in all of its forms and uplift those suffering the most from all acts of racism.

Friday, April 2 from 1-1:30pm (EST)

Zoom Information
https://guilford.zoom.us/j/96726495075?pwd=VkhGRmNuUFJSNkNycHNGY05xMW1LUT09

Meeting ID: 967 2649 5075
Passcode: 806966

Friends Center in partnership with the President’s Office, DEI, International Student Club, Counseling Center, Student Affairs, and more.

Listen to Amanda Kemp’s Guilford College Talk

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Dr. Amanda Kemp was this year’s Judith Weller Harvey Quaker Scholar at Guilford and she was wonderful. Her talk was titled:

How to Have a Difficult Conversation about Racism without Losing Your Voice or Your Cool

Amanda Kemp is the author of Say the Wrong Thing and creator of the Racial Justice from the H.E.A.R.T. model.

She believes that in these polarized times, every one of us is needed. Your specific story, perspective and gifts can transform our community and nation. Come get the tools you need to be a strong, compassionate voice for racial diversity and justice.

You can listen and download Amanda’s talk here.

Download Kody Hersh’s Talk at Guilford College

1c1b2fa3e95e9ed5abad0779645c9a0dKody Gabriel Hersh was this year’s J.M. Ward Distinguished Quaker Visitor. Kody is well-known among Friends but this is how he describes himself: is a queer, trans Quaker youth worker who writes, agitates, and geeks out about sexuality, religion, and radical peace and justice work. He is a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams, and lives in Philadelphia on occupied Lenape land.

When he was here he gave a public talk called, “Tea-Time in the Apocalypse: Spiritual Grounding in a World of Chaos.”

You can listen and download the MP3 here.

Deborah Shaw ’84 Retiring – A Fond Farewell

As some of you may have heard by now, Deborah Shaw, the Director of the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program and Assistant Director of the Friends Center, will be retiring after this semester. Deborah, her loving presence and hard work at Guilford College, working with every single QLSP student since the inception of the program, is synonymous with the program itself. It is hard to imagine QLSP without Deborah Shaw and yet I know that she is eager to see it continue to grow, change and pursue its goal of apprenticing young adults to the Quaker tradition. I personally am grateful for the ways she has helped my transition into my role in Friends Center. Her patience, institutional knowledge and care, willingness to offer prayers, hugs, and a quiet listening presence, not to mention her colleagueship have done so much to help sustain me in my early work here at Guilford. I know that there are many others feel the same way as well.

When Deborah, Guilford Class of 1984, retires, how will she be remembered, ever so fondly, for her 25 years in Friends Center?

It will be for:

  • Welcoming each QLSP student who ever entered the program, through 2017
  • Her loving presence with students and staff, through a litany of joys and sorrows, and counseling from a deep well
  • Sharing the value of QLSP’s unique and rigorous experience for Young Friends with Friends everywhere
  • Spiritually refreshing vocal and sung ministry at Friends gatherings
  • Leading retreats, especially for women
  • Leadership in multiple Friends organizations
  • Times as Friend in Residence at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, England
  • Sharing tea in her cozy office
  • Singing with the Lumina Choir

We lovingly celebrate Deborah for all these accomplishments in the spring of 2018, her final months of unmatched devotion and exceptional service to the College. We will miss her spiritual guidance, listening ears and heart, radical hospitality and commitment to each student as they travel their own path.

In the coming months, we are working to prepare QLSP for a transition in leadership as we search far and wide for a new director for the program and think about how to build on the legacy of those who have carried it this far.

With Deep Gratitude,

Wess Daniels – Director of Friends Center

P.S. Contributions to Friends Center really matter. Please consider supporting our ongoing work, perhaps in honor of Deborah! Here is a link to make contributions online. We are happy to accept gifts in non-digital forms as well. Checks should be made out to Guilford College, with Friends Center in the memo line and sent to Guilford College Advancement Office, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC  27410. Thank you!

Trans Resilience Week 2017

Trans Week of Resilience 2017

Organized by the Friends Center with co-sponsors the Counseling Center, Art Department, and Multicultural Education Department (MED).

Monday, November 13

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Greenleaf Coffee Co-op (Milner Hall, Lower Level), 5:00pm – 6:30pm

This isn’t your usual “bible study”! Using a queer theology lens, Interfaith Community Coordinator Asher Kolieboi (he/him/his) will discuss the literary and theological significance of the Ethiopian Treasurer in Acts 8, a (trans)gender radical and first converted to Christianity in the New Testament.

Tuesday, November 14

Transgender Faith and Resilience Panel

Greenleaf Coffee Co-op (Milner Hall, Lower Level), 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Join community activists, faith leaders, and Guilford College students for an interfaith panel about the role of religion as a tool for resilience and hope in the face of adversity and violence.  Panelists will discuss how they have used faith to build resilience,  and respond to anti-transgender oppression.
Continue reading “Trans Resilience Week 2017”

Summer Service Fellows Pre-Orientation Work Project

This fall as athletes hit the fields and campus buzzed to life we got the amazing chance to work on and take part in an excellent QLSP pre-orientation! This year the focus of the QLSP pre-orientation included intentional work around better understanding the history and circumstances of Greensboro as well as taking part in trainings and service alongside the Bonner Center on and off campus. This played out in numerous ways, including an amazing tour led by James Shields downtown of all of the Bonner service sites, opportunities for growth and training, and visits to historic sites relating to Quakerism and justice work in Greensboro. At the culmination of the orientation, all of the students involved throughout the week participated in a day of service, focused on improving resources within in our food system. Working primarily on sites across campus students got to take a tour of the farm and be a part of the interconnected food system we have operating at Guilford.

The service day brought the Bonner and QLSP first years to the farm to enjoy some breakfast and then we were able to split our big group into several smaller tour groups to acclimate the students to hopefully a place they will get to see a lot more of in their four years to come. The tour showcased the three farm fields, the community garden, honey bees, a new chicken coop and even the beloved compost piles (plus so much more). Even being gone for just the two weeks in August, we were excited to see how the various crops have changed and how much is always happening on the farm!

After the tour, we were able to tackle the project of the Pines Garden and the raised bed by the Hut which were both in need of some loving after a summer of lots of non-organized growth if you catch our drift. This was a project that we were somewhat worried would be too big however, we couldn’t have asked for a better team and the willingness to get in there and get their hands dirty and finished the job in no time. It was so great to see these two groups join together through sweat, mud and lots of laughs. We’ve attached a short video of the day and we once again would like to thank Friends Center, Bonner Center and the Greensboro community for making every experience we’ve had this summer and beyond possible. Looking forward to Fall harvests and building community with the QLSP first years!

Signing off as 2017’s summer service fellows!

-Jake and Amelia

Looking Back: QLSP Summer Service Fellows

Hello from Pennsylvania!

We finished our time in Greensboro (for now) early last week and we’re already missing it! If you haven’t caught one of our other posts, this summer we had the amazing opportunity to be Friends Center’s first Summer Service Fellows, and work alongside Bonner scholars and other community members on issues of food justice. The work we had a chance to do, and the amazing sites we visited gave us an incredible look at the ongoing work to establish food sovereignty and justice within Greensboro. The issue of food justice is one that as Quakers we see directly pertaining to the values we hold and the work we seek to do in the world.

Food scarcity is an issue that encompasses varying layers of oppression, inequality, and violence against those who are already marginalized within our society and one that needs to be challenged and fought everywhere across this country. 

The goals of establishing food sovereignty and food justice, are also deeply linked to the Quaker values of service and community, about nurturing one another as well as the earth and all life on it. To strive and work with one another for food sovereignty is not only an act of love and care for one another but an act of resistance against systems that perpetuate violence and inequality across America. While many Quakers are environmental advocates, our work needs to be focused within our communities as well as on a global scale. The adage “Living simply so that others may simply live” is not possible if others very sovereignty is restricted by systems of oppression that would keep them starved. 

We as Quakers within Guilford College, and as a college that claims the values of the Quaker faith, must be working intentionally and acting compassionately to support the food justice movement and establish food sovereignty within our communities. This summer has provided us with an amazing chance to see the dedication, the love, and the compassion that those who are actively fighting for food justice demonstrate in their communities every day and we are overwhelmingly grateful. Thank you to the communities who welcomed us, our team, Bonner and of course Friends Center.

We will be back at Guilford in a few short weeks to help with the incoming first year QLSP students pre-orientation and are excited to teach some of what we have learned this summer on the Saturday work day at the Farm that we helped plan!

Jake and Amelia

Photo Credit: Sophia Perlmutter ’18