Tidings from Friends: Issue No. 20

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 Casey Horner on Unsplash

Mindful Moment

Excerpt from “A Great Wagon
By Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

Query: How do we get to this field?

This Mindful Moment provided by: Garret Collins

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday2.24.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.24.20211:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Michelle WardFriends Center
Wednesday2.24.2021All DayDay of Testimonies
Wednesday2.24.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Thursday-Sunday2.25-28.21Various TimesPurim Shabbaton 2021 (read more below)Chavurah/NC Hillel
Friday2.26.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday3.1.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Tuesday3.2.20217:00 PMThe Way of Love: Lenten Series (read more below)St. Mary’s House
Wednesday3.3.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday3.3.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
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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The Way of Love Lenten Series: Join us for “The Way of Love,” our presentation and discussion online series following the Way of Love, beginning February 23 at 7:00pm. We’ll have some prayer, some discussion, and ideas for reflection on what it means to be committed to a holy life. No shaving of heads, wearing funny clothes, or chanting required (but you can if you want to!). You can still have chocolate.
The theme for the first week is Turn. We’re going to focus on turning towards positive things, not away from negative ones. All are joyfully welcomed as you are. Join us on Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/7768363985

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). 

This weekend! Check out our schedule at  www.nchillel.org/purim-2021. You don’t need to attend everything, just what you think you’ll like. There’s everything from mixology to Late Night Megillah reading to a Purim Drag Show and more. There are synchronous and asynchronous activities through the Shabbaton. Be sure to register at bit.ly/nchillelpurimparty
Click here for more info and to register!
For the safety of our students, a registration is required for this virtual event: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4OJFROR7H7b7dwlDTx-ffPDrvwcwno9HxTfoJLDGkpSHDBA/viewform

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. 19

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 created by Teagan Gilliam, Guilford College. Read the Mindful Moment below for Teagan’s commentary and query!

Mindful Moment

This piece I drew with markers is inspired by Genesis 15:5 “He took him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He added, “So shall your offspring be.”” The text to the left actually has that verse written in cursive Hebrew. What does it mean to have numerous offspring? To me, as a person going into education it means I will be a figure in the lives of children and I need to be cautious of my actions and the impacts they may have on the future leaders of the world. It is a blessing to me to be able to pursue this field, and I am thankful everyday for the opportunities I’ve been given.

This Mindful Moment provided by: Teagan Gilliam

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday2.17.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.17.20217:00 PMVirtual Ash Wednesday Service (read more below)St. Mary’s House
Wednesday2.17.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday2.19.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday2.22.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.24.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.24.20211:00 – 2:00 PMConnecting Conversations with Michelle WardFriends Center
Wednesday2.24.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
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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Virtual Ash Wednesday: The most significant part of Ash Wednesday is not actually the ashes! It is the beginning of Lent, a period when Christians traditionally spend time in reflection on our lives and seek to improve them. But…., if you want ashes, you can make them. From last year’s palms, ideally, or any substance really (do this outside!) And join us for a virtual service on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00pm (with or without ashes!) via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/7768363985) or watch on Facebook  (www.facebook.com/smhgreensboro). 

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!

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. 18

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

Evidence, Part 2
By Mary Oliver

There are many ways to perish, or to flourish.
How old pain, for example, can stall us at the threshold of function.
Memory: a golden bowl or a basement without light.
For which reason the nightmare comes with its painful story and says: ​you need to know this.
Some memories I would give anything to forget. Others, I would not trade upon the point of death, they are the bright hawks of my life.
Still, friends, consider stone, that is without the fret of gravity, and water that is without anxiety.
And the pine trees that never forget their recipe for renewal.
And the female wood duck who is looking this way and that way for her children. And the snapping turtle who is looking this way and that way also. This is the world.
And consider always, every day, the determination of the grass to grow despite the unending obstacles.

Query:

Celebrating your breath being slower today than it was yesterday is not a waste of time.

This Mindful Moment provided by: Hannah Grace MacLean

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday2.10.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.10.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday2.10.20218:00 PMHillel Speed-FriendingChavurah/Hillel
Friday2.12.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday2.15.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.17.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.17.20217:00 PMVirtual Ash Wednesday Service (read more below)St. Mary’s House
Wednesday2.17.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday2.24.20211:00 – 2:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Michelle WardFriends 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.

Virtual Ash Wednesday: The most significant part of Ash Wednesday is not actually the ashes! It is the beginning of Lent, a period when Christians traditionally spend time in reflection on our lives and seek to improve them. But…., if you want ashes, you can make them. From last year’s palms, ideally, or any substance really (do this outside!) And join us for a virtual service on Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00pm (with or without ashes!) via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/7768363985) or watch on Facebook  (www.facebook.com/smhgreensboro). 

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). 

Sign up here
Click here for more info and to register!

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. 17

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 Zhihong Chen, Guilford College.

Mindful Moment

Poem of the Atoms
By Jalāl al-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī (1207-1273)  

O day, arise! The atoms are dancing.
Thanks to Him the universe is dancing.
The souls are dancing, overcome with ecstasy.
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is taking them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert know well, they seem insane.
Every single atom, happy or miserable,
Becomes enamoured of the sun, of which nothing can be said. 

[Composer Armand Amar rendered this poem into music in the film Bab’Aziz – The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul (2005). Sang by Salar Aghili and Haroun Teboul. It is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H272focq0Cw

This Mindful Moment provided by: Zhihong Chen.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday2.3.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.3.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday2.5.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday2.8.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.10.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.10.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Wednesday2.24.20211:00 – 2:00 PMConnecting Conversations: Michelle WardFriends 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 for more info and to register!
For the safety of our students, a registration is required for this virtual event.

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. 16

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

Change and Repentance
An excerpt from “Make Repentance Great Again”
By David Dark

“‘What’s best,’ often involves standing down. Declining to platform, support, fund or partner with citizens and elected officials who have incited or participated in a white supremacist terror putsch isn’t divisive, hateful, or an instance of cancel culture. It’s baseline moral seriousness. Every fact is a function of relationship. In a nation of equals, assuming responsibility for your own words and actions, especially when they prove to have been demonstrably abusive, is one actionable way of loving your country.

Of course, this love has to begin with particular people, a neighbor, for instance, before it can be said to apply to a city, a state, or a nation. Whether you’re a citizen, pundit, or an elected official, you’re faced with the question of scope in regard to the content you’ve created or promoted for whatever reason. We become what we promote, mediate and abide.

“I didn’t mean that,” is of limited usefulness when it comes to assuming responsibility. Are we responsible for the lies we’ve allowed other people to voice in our presence unchallenged? I kind of think we are.

Repentance is changing your mind and letting your words and actions follow. It isn’t a defeat. It’s a moral breakthrough that benefits self and others. It might mean less power to control your fellow creatures, a slight dip in income, or even a prison sentence, but true repentance is never bad news.”

You can read the full essay here.

This Mindful Moment provided by: Wess Daniels.

Upcoming Events

DayDateTimeEventOrganization
Wednesday1.27.20218:30 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.Guilford College, UNCG, A&T, & International Civil Rights Museum
Wednesday1.27.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
Friday1.29.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (open to all)Friends Center
Monday2.1.20211:00 PMMeeting for Centering Silence (student focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.3.20218:30 AMMeeting for Centering Silence (staff/faculty focus)Friends Center
Wednesday2.3.20217:24 PMGCM Weekly FellowshipGuilford Christian Ministry
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.

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. 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.
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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 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.
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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). 


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.
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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). 

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.