May 24, 2015

Friends Center Director Max Carter Featured in N&R

Max Carter, the first William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center, was profiled Sunday in the Greensboro News & Record.

Max, who is retiring at the end of June, has led Friends Center since 1990. “With his long, gray beard and Amish hats, Carter is a striking presence on the Guilford campus,” states the article, “Passing Down His Peacemaker Role.”

The story describes how Max has helped make Guilford a place where students of different faiths can hear different views and share their own.

“In classes, if we’re talking about different views of the Bible, for example, sometimes you’ve got student in here for whom the Bible is the word of God, and it is inerrant and infallible, and it is the authority” Max said.

“Then you’ve got people here for whom the Bible is an instrument of oppression. It’s what people have used to oppress women, gays, blacks, you name it. And, fortunately, even though quite often those conversations become somewhat heated, the culture and ethos of this place is one of deep listening and respect.”

Christina Repoley ’02, the founder of Quaker Voluntary Service, credits Max with helping her deepen her Quaker faith. He leaves a large legacy at the College, she said.

“Those are big shoes to fill,” Christina said. “And Guilford will always, forever be different because of Max in all the best kinds of ways.”