QLHE: Care in Times of Conflict

Friends Association for Higher Education’s Quaker Leadings in Higher Education series presents:

“Care in Times of Conflict:
Cultivating Vulnerability and Resilience”

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
7-8:30pm eastern US and Canada

Working with students, peers, and the self to remain grounded and open in increasingly stratified times.

Your voluntary contribution in support of FAHE and this lecture series is greatly appreciated.

Wess Daniels,
William R Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies
Guilford College

Carl Magruder, M.Div., BCC
Palliative Care Chaplain and
Director of Spiritual CareResolution Care

Rabbi Nora Woods
Interfaith Chaplain
Bryn Mawr College

Donn Weinholtz,
Professor of Educational Leadership, Retired 
University of Hartford

C. Wess Daniels, Ph.D. is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center & Quaker Studies at Guilford College. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Emily and their three children and their rescue pup, Magnolia. Identifying as a “convergent Friend,” Wess is a bridge-builder and boundary-crosser and is interested in teaching liberating faith and practice and the revitalization of faith traditions that work toward justice. Prior to teaching at Guilford, Wess was a “released Quaker minister” at Camas Friends Church in Washington.

He is the author of, “Resisting Empire: The Book of Revelation” (2019) and “A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing The Quaker Tradition in Participatory Culture” (2015). He is active in the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and has been a co-planner for the weekly Freedom Church of the Poor, an online worship service that lifts up the stories of the poor and dispossessed.

In his off time, he runs a small coffee roasting business called Fireweed Coffee, listens to his record play, and loves riding his motorcycle.

Carl Magruder, M.Div., BCC, is a “cradle Quaker” of the waiting worship tradition. He lives in California, where he works as a palliative care chaplain, accompanying those with life-limiting illness.  An EarthQuaker, Carl finds that of God in the world around him—“the text God wrote Herself.”  Carl is a bicyclist, beekeeper, bibliophile, motorcyclist, tinkerer, and fountain pen restorer.  He has two kids, aged 13 and 17.  In this time of transition, Carl wonders at the Jack Pine, whose cones only open and germinate in fire.  Can Friends be a people of faith on fire, germinating spiritual seeds that bring vitality to the interconnected web of being? 

You can find out more about Carl at Soulways Ministries (https://www.civiclight.org/soulways)  Carl has begun work on his podcast, “How to Beat Cancer Even if It Kills You.”

As the Interfaith Chaplain, Rabbi Nora Woods provides spiritual care for the Bryn Mawr community, supports religious life on campus, and helps to facilitate interfaith community building.

In her role as chaplain, Rabbi Nora strives to create a safe, accepting, warm environment in which students can explore their spiritual identity, place in the community, and moral convictions. She believes that spiritual health is a significant component of wellness and is achieved when one’s beliefs match one’s day to day actions. Rabbi Nora seeks to help students discern their highest ideals and figure out how best to live according to them.

Rabbi Nora was ordained as a Reconstructionist Rabbi at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in June 2020. She graduated with a B.A. in Religion from Earlham College and received a certificate in Leading Spiritual Diversity in Higher Education from New York University’s Of Many Institute. From 2016-2019 she served as the Rabbinic Intern and Jewish Advisor for Bryn Mawr’s Hillel. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr she served as the rabbinic intern at Georgetown University. She has also been a T’ruah Fellow, working with survivors of human trafficking in New York City, and a chaplain for seniors at Abrahamson Center for Jewish Life in North Wales, Pa., and at Hebrew Senior Life in Boston, Mass. 

Aside from issues of faith and identity, Rabbi Nora loves to talk about farming, musical theatre, and food. When not at work or school, she can often be found supporting the work of community organizers, watching sports, and playing outside. She is a graduate of Earlham College.

Here you can find a link to the video of this event plus other materials.

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