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.

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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
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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). 

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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.
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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.

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

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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. 5

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
This photo by Jacob Perkins, Fall 2019 on El Camino de Santiago

Mindful Moment

Excerpt from Alone

 -Maya Angelou

Lying, thinking Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
Nobody, but nobody
Can Make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone…

Queries:  

I think that with COVID-19 that we may feel more distant than others and are fearful to reach out. But it is important to know that with all the craziness that is happening, we need each other! And we often need more than just to ask for help, but to be part of creating a community around you through a distance and spreading love helps life become easier and better during times like this. Do you too have trouble reaching out during this time? Why? What can you do, to make the community space and be there for others during this time?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Liz Poole

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday10.14.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.14.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.14.20207:00 PMOPEN: The Conversation: Sex and ChristianitySt. Mary’s Episcopal
Monday10.19.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.21.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.21.20206:30 PMFellowship: What’s your story?Guilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.14.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Tuesday10.27.20203:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends 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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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. 4

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 by Jacob Perkins, Fall 2019 on El Camino de Santiago

Mindful Moment

“We are not going to struggle to save places we don’t love, we can’t love places we don’t know, and we’ll never know places we haven’t learned.” 

 -Babbo Duen

I first came across Duen’s quote when I was learning about the concept of Watershed Discipleship. Watershed Discipleship is an approach to theology that keeps faith and practice rooted in the land, its history, and the ecosystems that make it up; it is a form of what theologian Ched Myers calls “bioregional spirituality.”

What Duen is saying is those who are committed to responding to the ecological devastation we face as a human family must seek to learn, commit to, and fall in love with the places we live. We need to allow the bioregions to shape our moral and theological imaginations, as well as our practice.

I often wonder – probably like you – what life will look like after the current crises we face. I find Duen’s remarks instructive in this regards. What do we want to last? What are the things we need and want in a world post-covid? Those are the things we need to be pouring our love and energy into right now. It may be all the energy we can muster but let’s save that which we love and truly love that which we set out to hold onto. Much will be lost but those places and people we commit to have the best change of surviving the current challenges.

You can learn about Watershed Discipleship here: https://watersheddiscipleship.org

Queries:  

– What are the places that you love? 

– Where do you invest your time and energy does it reflect that which you most want to save?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Wess Daniels

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday10.7.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.7.20205:00 PMIntro to Prayerbook HebrewChavurah
Wednesday10.7.20206:30 PMFellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.7.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Monday10.12.20201:00 PMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Tuesday10.11.20203:00 PMIntro to JudaismChavurah
Wednesday10.14.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.14.20206:30 PMFellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.14.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Tuesday10.27.20203:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends 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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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. 3

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 by Hasan Almasi on Unsplash

Mindful Moment

The Guesthouse

By Rumi (1207-1273)

This being human is a guest-house, every morning a new arrival: a joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all, even if they’re a crowd of sorrows who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture.
Still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

Query: During times such as now, how do I navigate my feelings when it is easy to become overwhelmed with a whirlwind of emotions.

This Mindful Moment provided by: Jacob Perkins

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday9.30.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday9.30.20206:30 PMFellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday9.30.20207:00 PMOPEN: The Conversation: Christianity and ViolenceSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Thursday10.1.20207:30 PMInterest MeetingGuilford College Chavurah
Monday10.5.20201:00 PMBLM & FaithFriends Center/IEC
Wednesday10.7.20208:30 AMMeeting for Centering SilenceFriends Center
Wednesday10.7.20206:30 PMFellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday10.7.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Tuesday10.27.20203:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends 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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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. 2

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.


Artwork
This photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

Mindful Moment

The Way it Is – William Stafford

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.

By William Stafford, from The Way It Is, 1998

Query: What are the threads you are led to hold onto in this time of dramatic change?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Wess Daniels

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday9.23.20206:30 PMFellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday9.23.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Wednesday9.30.20206:30 PMFellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday9.30.20207:00 PMOPEN: The ConversationSt. Mary’s Episcopal
Monday10.5.20201:00 PMBLM & FaithFriends Center/IEC
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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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. 1

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.


Artwork
This photo by Mary Ray on Unsplash

Mindful Moment

Do it anyway – Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.  It was never between you and them anyway.

Query:

After reading this prayer from Mother Teresa, what stands out to you most? What word or line catches your attention? How might you respond to what is coming up within you as you reflect on this?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Wess Daniels

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday9.16.20207:00 PMBible StudySt. Mary’s Episcopal
Tuesday9.22.20203:00 PMConnecting ConversationsFriends Center
Tuesday9.22.20207:24 PMFellowshipGCM
Wednesday9.23.20207:00 PMBible StudySt. Mary’s Episcopal
To find more information about these events, please click on the event. This will direct you to the event organizer’s email. If you notice events missing here, please let us know.

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.

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

(Trans) Gender Radicals in the Bible: The Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts 81e39a17c71bde2ed26e9a26a32af6455--acts--black-art

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