Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 15

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This photo provided by Jacob Perkins, Guilford College.

Mindful Moment

The Practice
“The Hospitality of Discomfort”
Seth Godin

  • My Colleague Marie Schacht differentiates between hospitality (welcoming people, seeing them, understanding what they need) and comfort (which involves reassurance, soft edges, and an elimination of tension).
  • Art doesn’t seek to create comfort. It creates change.And change requires tension. 
  • The same is true for learning. True learning (as opposed to education) is a voluntary experience that requires tension and discomfort (the persistent feeling of incompetence as we get better at a skill).
  • The practice, then, is to not only cause temporary discomfort for those whom you lead, serve, and teach, but to embrace your own discomfort as you venture into territories unknown. Artists actively work to create a sense of discomfort in their audience. Discomfort engages people, keeps them on their toes, makes them curious. Discomfort is the feeling we all get just before change happens. But this new form of hospitality – of helping people change by taking them somewhere new – can make us personally uncomfortable as well. It might feel easier to simply ask people what they want and do that instead. 
  • Choosing to offer only comfort undermines the work of the artist and the leader. Ultimately, it creates less impact and less hospitality as well. 
  • Your discomfort is no excuse for being inhospitable. Our practice is to bring a practical empathy to the work, to realize that in our journey to create change, we’re also creating discomfort. 
  • For our audience. For ourselves.
  • And that’s okay. 
This Mindful Moment provided by: Wess Daniels.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday1.20.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday1.20.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday1.22.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Saturday1.23.20217:00 PMTriad Hillel HavdalahChavurah/Hillel
Monday1.25.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday1.27.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday1.27.20211:00 – 2:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Judson Van WykFriends Center
Wednesday1.27.20216:00 PMCelebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Link coming soon)Guilford College, UNCG, A&T, & International Civil Rights Museum
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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 

Click here for more info and to register!
For the safety of our students, a registration is required for this virtual event.
Applications for the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) are now open!  Join Hillel staff and a diverse group of Jewish students from across North Carolina for 10 weeks of community, connection and content. Receive a $250 stipend for your time and commitment.
More info and application here: nchillel.org/jlf
Please reach out to Vicki Cathcart, Director of Jewish Student Life, vcathcart@guilford.edu if you have any questions.

Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.

Resources

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.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 14

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!

Special Note: Welcome back to all in the Guilford Community! Friends Center wishes you a productive and successful spring semester!


Artwork
This photo provided by Jacob Perkins, Guilford College.

Mindful Moment

Keep Watch, dear Lord”

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or
weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who
sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless
the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the
joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Query:  

This Christian prayer for Compline (night prayer, often said just before bed) comes from the Book of Common Prayer (1979), published by The Episcopal Church. Imagery of the Divine being a guardian and providing protection are common in many faiths. Other sources of solace might be friend groups, families, sports teams, etc. The query this week is twofold: Who or what do you turn to for protection and solace? How can you be part of a support structure for others?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday1.13.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Friday1.15.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday1.18.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday1.20.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday1.27.20211:00 – 2:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends Center
Wednesday1.27.20216:00 PMCelebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Link coming soon)Guilford College, UNCG, A&T, & International Civil Rights Museum
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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 

Click here for more info and to register!
Applications for the Jewish Learning Fellowship (JLF) are now open!  Join Hillel staff and a diverse group of Jewish students from across North Carolina for 10 weeks of community, connection and content. Receive a $250 stipend for your time and commitment.
More info and application here: nchillel.org/jlf
Please reach out to Vicki Cathcart, Director of Jewish Student Life, vcathcart@guilford.edu if you have any questions.

Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.

Resources

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.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 13

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!

Special Note: This is our final issue of the year 2020. We will be back with Issue No. 14 when students return to campus in January. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!


Artwork
This photo provided by Jacob Perkins, Guilford College. Photo taken on campus February 20, 2020.

Mindful Moment

Harmony” A Diné (Navajo) Prayer

In harmony may I walk.
With harmony before me may I walk.
With harmony behind me may I walk.
With harmony above me may I walk.
With harmony underneath my feet may I walk.
With harmony all around me may I walk.
It is done in harmony.

Query:  

This prayer of the Diné people comes to mind often during times such as these, when harmony seems to be in short supply in the universe. Harmony among and with all things is an important concept in many Indigenous lifeways. While it may be impossible for us to create harmony on a large scale right now, we can, however, strive to find harmony within ourselves. The query: How, where, and with whom can I find harmony?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday12.16.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends 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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 


Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.

Resources

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.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 12

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This photo provided by Jacob Perkins, Guilford College

Mindful Moment

“The Voice” by Shel Silverstein

There is a voice inside of you 
that whispers all day long, 
‘I feel that this right for me,
I know that this is wrong.’ 
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend 
or wise man can decide
what’s right for you- just listen to 
the voice that speaks inside. 

Query:  

When I was younger, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein ignited my love for poetry. It was an easy read for me and it allowed me to look at the world from a different perspective. I was able to take what I read and connect it to the things in my life that were not going the best for me. This is one poem from that book that sticks out to me when I think about spirituality. What voices around you have affected your life choices? 
How do you listen to the voice inside yourself instead of the world around you? 

This Mindful Moment provided by: Liz Poole.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday12.9.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday12.9.20207:00 PMA Conversation with Bari Weiss (see flyer below)Chavurah/Greensboro Jewish Federation
Monday12.14.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends 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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 

In her book How to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bari Weiss exposes the alarming rise of anti-Semitism in this country and explains what we can do to defeat it. Just this past October, Bari Weiss appeared on the talk show The View to discuss cancel culture, which she called “wrong and deeply un-American”. Unafraid to speak her mind, Weiss joins us as our Campaign Kickoff speaker this coming Wednesday, December 9th @ 7pm and you don’t want to miss what she has to say! Get your ticket TODAY. Students may attend free of charge, but you must reserve your ticket! Click here to get your ticket.

Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.

Resources

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.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 11

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This photo provided by Alana Harrelson, Guilford College

Mindful Moment

O Come, O Come Emmanuel: Advent a time of Waiting

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine Advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight,
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of humankind;
O bid our sad divisions cease,
And be for us the King of Peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Query:  

This Christian hymn, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, is one of the oldest and most popular of the Advent antiphons, sung during the period of waiting for Christ to come which leads up to Christmas, known as the season of Advent. This Advent, I reflect that we have been in a period of “Advent” all year – waiting for the pandemic to end, waiting for the election to happen and then waiting for results, waiting to return to school, waiting for test results, waiting for the year 2020 to end. Advent is about more, however, than simply waiting. Advent, literally meaning “coming” or “arrival,” involves looking toward the future – looking toward what can be, what we can do. While we wait for hard times to end, may we also look toward what comes next with joy and anticipation and hope. What are you waiting for, and what are you looking toward?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday12.2.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Saturday12.5.20207:00 PMAmong Us Game Night (see flyer below)Chavurah/NC Hillel
Monday12.7.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends 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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 

Contact Vicki Cathcart for more info!

Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.

Resources

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.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 10

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This photo provided by Alana Harrelson, Guilford College

Mindful Moment

“Disappointment” by David Whyte (Consolations)

What we call disappointment may be just the first stage in our emancipation into the next greater pattern of existence. To be disappointed is to reappraise not only reality itself but our foundational relationship to the pattern of events places and people that surround us, and which, until we were properly disappointed, we had misinterpreted and misunderstood; disappointment is the first, fruitful foundation of genuine heartbreak from which we risk ourselves in a marriage, in a work, in a friendship, or with life itself.

The measure of our courage is the measure of our wiliness to embrace disappointment, to turn towards it rather than away, the understanding that every real conversation of life involves having our hearts broken somewhere along the way and that there is no sincere path we can follow where we will not be fully and immeasurably let down and brought to earth, and where what initially looks like a betrayal, eventually puts real ground under our feet.

Query:  

Can I identify disappointment in my life? What would result from my embracing that disappointment? And what might happen if I push it away? What is the courageous act me in this moment?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Wess Daniels.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday11.17.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday11.17.20206:30 PMFellowship: Living the Biblical StoryGuilford Christian Ministry
Monday11.22.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends 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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 

LAST IN PERSON GCM OF THE SEMESTER! We are going to change things up and instead of TALKING about the biblical story we are going to LIVE it out together. Join us Wednesday at 6 on the lawn behind Milner to find out how!

Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.

Resources

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.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 9

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This photo provided by Alana Harrelson, Guilford College

Mindful Moment

Strength from Tragedy

“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”

The Dalai Lama XIV
Query:  

This brief quote and translation of a Tibetan proverb resounds loudly right now for those of us at Guilford College and beyond. With sources of stress and strife coming from seemingly all angles; from a global pandemic to the program cuts announced at Guilford; tribulation seems inescapable. The Dalai Lama tells us that rather than trying to escape tragedy, it can be harnessed “as a source of strength,” and to remain hopeful. How can we use our personal, communal, national, and global tragedies to fuel and empower change and progress?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.
For more on tribulation and faith, join us for Connecting Conversations next Tuesday!

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday11.11.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday11.11.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday11.11.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Saturday11.14.20207:00 PMHavdalah and Campfire SongsHillel
Monday11.16.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Monday11.16.20202:00 PM – 3:00 PMCoffee and Conversation with Wess DanielsFriends Center
Tuesday11.17.20203:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Dr. Hadia MubarakFriends 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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 

Click here to register!
Click here to register and see zoom info.
Click here to email organizer!

Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.

Resources

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.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 8

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This photo provided by Alana Harrelson, Guilford College

Mindful Moment

Listening for the “Distant Triumph Song”

And when the strife, is fierce, the warfare long,
steals on the ear the distant triumph song,
and hearts are brave again, and arms are strong.
Alleluia! Alleluia!

Verse from For All the Saints, by William Walsham How
Commentary by Richard H. Schmidt, Sing to the Lord an Old Song, P77:

“But through it all there “steals on the ear the distant triumph song.” Sometimes its strains are muffled and sometimes we aren’t paying attention to it. But even then, above the roar of competing noises we hear, perhaps faintly, the chorus of the redeemed, sung by those who have strived and fought before us…We only hear that distant triumph song when we pause to listen for it. We find out way by walking a new path-the path of listening, stillness, and waiting. Then we feel ourselves picked up and carried along by all the saints. Our hearts are “brave, again, and arms are strong.”

Query:  

Early this week Christians celebrated All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days, holidays on which we remember those who have gone before us. This verse of the traditional All Saints’ hymn seems to ring particularly loudly right now…especially the part about the “strife is fierce, the warfare long.” And yet Schmidt reminds us that even in the midst of strife, there is a strain, however distant or faint, of triumph, peace, and justice. We can find this strain only by focusing our minds and listening for the song of our departed loved ones, of the great figures who have gone before and for whose causes we still fight today. I ask you – Who’s “song” of life drives you, who is your “saint?” Why do you fight for the things you love? How does the song of your saint pick you up, and strengthen you?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday11.4.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday11.4.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday11.4.20207:00 PMOPEN: The Conversation: Post-election discussion, reflection, prayer.St. Mary’s Episcopal
Friday – Sunday11.6-8.2020N/AVirtual ShabbatonChavurah
Monday11.9.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Monday11.9.20202:00 PM – 3:00 PMCoffee and Conversation with Wess DanielsFriends Center
Monday11.9.20207:00 PMMitzvote: Post-Election Reflection (Password VOTE)Chavurah
SAVE THE DATE!
Tuesday11.17.20203:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Dr. Hadia MubarakFriends 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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Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 

Click here to register!
Click here to join Zoom.
Sign up to receive one of our limited number of FREE boxes of goodies and be a part of NC Hillel’s Virtual Shabbaton – Camp NC Hillel! bit.ly/CampNCHillel
Not living in Greensboro this semester, no worries. Your package will be sent to your doorstep.

The weekend is designed so you can attend as many activities that interest you and work with your schedule. Some of the fun and learning include challah baking, tie-dye challah cover making, guided Jewish meditation, DIY campfire stories, and so much more.
Click here to email organizer!
Info and apply here
Info and apply here
Info and apply here

Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.

Resources

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.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 7

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This photo taken by Jacob Perkins at Guilford College, January 2020

Mindful Moment

Excerpt from Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

“Hope, it is the only thing stronger than fear.”

Quote by President Snow, Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
Commentary by Liz (Friends Center Fellow):

“I chose to watch The Hunger Games during a weekend because I am seeing how it relates to the craziness now. While I was watching, this quote by President Snow stuck out to me. I think that this is very relevant today because fear is all around us and we are losing hope day by day. It is important to recognize the hope is what can help us get through fear of 2020.”

Query:  

What gets in the way of compassion? During these times where society is fear-driven, how do you think hope and faith work to defeat the fear within your community? Where do you drive your hope from? What are your hopes for the rest of the semester for yourself?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Liz Poole. You can read more on The Hunger Games in Wess Daniels’ article “Obstacles to Compassion.”

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday10:28.20207:00 PMVigil for Ja’lessa Morris in front of King HallGuiford College
Wednesday and Friday10.28.2020 10.30.202010:00 AM (Wed); 2:00 PM (Fri)Mezuzah MakingChavurah
Monday11.2.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Monday11.2.20202:00-3:00 PM
Coffee with Wess at Rachel’s Rose Cottage Patio
Friends Center
Wednesday11.4.20208:30 PmMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday11.4.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday11.4.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Friday – Sunday11.6-8.2020N/AVirtual ShabbatonChavurah/NC Hillel
Tuesday11.17.20203:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Dr. Hadia MubarakFriends 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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

Opportunity that may interest some students:

New Garden Friends Meeting is searching for a Young Friends leader for the 2020-2021 academic year. This position is for a leader who will work with both Middle School and High School students. The leader will collaborate with another Young Friends leader as well as the New Garden Friends Meeting Religious Education Coordinator. At present, all programming is virtual due to the pandemic but will transition to in-person activities when conditions allow. Applicants should have a background in Quakerism and experience working with pre-teens and teenagers.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Sharon Burton at (office@ngfm.org). 

Contact organizer here
Sign up to receive one of our limited number of FREE boxes of goodies and be a part of NC Hillel’s Virtual Shabbaton – Camp NC Hillel! bit.ly/CampNCHillel
Not living in Greensboro this semester, no worries. Your package will be sent to your doorstep.

The weekend is designed so you can attend as many activities that interest you and work with your schedule. Some of the fun and learning include challah baking, tie-dye challah cover making, guided Jewish meditation, DIY campfire stories, and so much more.
Click here to email organizer!
Info and apply here
Info and apply here
Info and apply here
Click here to register!

Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.
Visit esr.earlham.edu for more information.

Resources

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.

Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 6

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.

Subscribe to our newsletter here!


Artwork
This artwork by Madison Cross Sugg

Mindful Moment

Excerpt from The Blue Cat of Castle Town

 -Catherine Cate Coblentz

Sing your own song, said the river
Sing, sing your own song
Out of yesterday song comes
It goes into tomorrow,
Sing your own song.

With your life fashion beauty,
This too is the song.
Riches will pass and power,
But beauty remains.
Sing your own song.

All that is worth doing,
Do well, the river said.
Sing, sing your own song
Certain and round be the measure
Every line graceful and true.

Time is the mold, the weaver, carver,
Time and the workman together,
Sing your own song well,
Sing well, the river said,
Sing your own song well.

Quote:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
– Howard Thurman

Query:  

What song makes you come alive?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Rev. Kevin Matthews. You can hear more from Kevin Matthews in Connecting Conversations on October 27

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday10.21.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.21.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.21.20207:00 PMOPEN: The Conversation: Christianity and the LGBTQ+ CommunitySt. Mary’s Episcopal
Monday10.26.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Monday10.26.20202:00-3:00 PMCoffee with Wess at Rachel’s Rose Cottage PatioFriends Center
Tuesday10.27.20203:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends Center
Wednesday10.28.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.28.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.28.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Wednesday and Friday10.28.2020 10.30.2020TBAMezuzah MakingChavurah
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.
If you are reading in email, formatting may be better if you read in browser.

Opportunity: New Garden Friends Center is looking for new Young Friends Leaders. Contact Karin Heller if interested.

Click here to register!
Fill out survey here!
Click here to email organizer!
Info and apply here
Info and apply here
Info and apply here

Resources

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.