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@Morling - February 15, 2021
Community Week

Reading Bible togetherCommunity and the Indwelling Word
from David Staring, Chief Academic Officer  (davids@morling.edu.au)

This week at Morling is Community Week. Across both of our campuses and in all three of our faculties, online and face-to-face, Community Week involves opportunities for us to connect with each other and be encouraged and equipped for the semester ahead.

Last week’s @Morling included a reminder from Stuart Adamson about the indispensable role that the word of God plays in the life of a Christian. This week I want to pick up that thread and develop it a little further, relating it not only to our lives as individuals but also to our culture and interactions as a community. 

The image that comes to mind for me is Paul’s words in Colossians 3:16: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” 

Paul’s depiction of the gospel as a message that is to “dwell in you richly” tells us not only about both God’s purpose for the community (that it be inhabited and pervasively shaped by the indwelling word) but also about God’s purpose for his word (that it be lived and displayed in the life of a community). 

The word of Christ contains a wisdom that sheds light on every part of life; its scope is universal; its message (Col 1:23) is for “every creature under heaven.” But it also has a home—a community of people that it inhabits and makes its dwelling in. The wisdom that we teach in an institution like Morling should never be reduced to a set of ideas or a bundle of skills and competencies. It exists to be embodied in the lives of those who believe it, in the relationships between them and the way they live their lives. That’s one of the reasons why so much of the New Testament consists of letters written to churches. And it’s one of the reasons why Jesus, who never wrote a book, entrusted his message to a community of disciples. The word of Christ makes its home within the community of God’s people.

This week gives us a chance to live that out a little better.

 

  • Pray that you and others will start the year with a desire to grow in faith and service.
  • Thank God that he has created us for relationship.
  • Ask God to give you opportunities to show and share his love, hope, truth and kindness to those who do not yet follow Him.
  • Pray for all those around the world impacted by COVID and other diseases
  • Pray for protection for us as a College; for our students, staff and families
    1. Check your Enrolment and Moodle access for Week 1. 
    2. Make new connections and reconnect with others at Register for Community Week Feb 16-19 being held NEXT WEEK (at either Sydney or Perth-Vose campus or via livestream) - you can see an overview of the program on the website. 
    3. If you are on the Sydney Campus or studying online - sign up for a Discipleship Group (see info below). Perth-Vose campus students will continue to meet in the Wednesday GSF timeslot on the Perth timetable.
    4. Get ready for Semester 1, Week 1, NEXT WEEK! You can download a calendar of important dates here.
    Community week, starts from 9am tomorrow!
     
    This is the perfect time to get back on campus and connect with the lecturers and the other students you’ll be studying with.

    Community week is the best way to meet your orientation requirement for your studies, and start the year together so we look forward to seeing all students there!

    Community week
    Coming on-campus this week? See maps here if this is your first time on campus.
    • Sydney campus: Meet at Level 1 auditorium of the Ministry and Learning Centre (MALC) to sign-in and grab your name tag and start the year together. See a campus map here.
    • Perth-Vose campus: Come into the reception to sign-in and grab your name tag and start the year together.
    • Parking could be tight on the Sydney campus - consider coming via public transport (Macquarie University the closest Metro station) or carpooling if possible! If you're driving, access our campus and car park is via Saunders Close. Go the boom gate at the very end of Saunders Close and buzz to be let in.  Parking is free on campus and timed in neighbouring streets.
    • While wearing a mask isn't compulsory on our campuses, you are very welcome to wear a mask if you want to.
    • We are committed to maintaining COVIDsafe campuses. We ask that you follow our guidelines for physical distancing and hygiene while you are on campus. Please do not attend any on-campus events if you have COVID symptoms, have had recent and direct contact with someone with COVID19, or have been to a known hotspot. Let us know if you have any concerns

    Livestream links
    TUESDAY Sydney Campus - Welcome to 2021! 

    When: Feb 16, 2021 09:30 AM - 4:45PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
    Zoom Webinar URL
    Mobile ap Meeting ID: 94687803443 Passcode: 927847

    WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY Sydney Campus 
    Academic Skills Intensive 

    Time: Feb 17, 2021 09:30 AM - 3:00PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
              Feb 18, 2021 09:30 AM - 3:00PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
    Zoom Meeting URL
    Mobile ap Meeting ID: 964 5977 2867  Passcode: 954582
      
    CCSC Orientation - Semester 1-2021 Sydney Campus 
    Time: Feb 17, 2021 03:00 PM - 8:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney
    Zoom Meeting URL
    Mobile ap Meeting ID: 936 4182 7978  Passcode: 838443

    ** Registered participants of Online orientations (eg Education/ Morling Online), Accreditation session will receive livestream links via email. **
    Community Week, 2021 starts tomorrow - there is still room if you want to join us. Click here for Sydney campus program and to register for Perth, Sydney or livestream attendance.
    ONLINE ORIENTATION (MORLING ONLINE)

    Morling is offering a 1 hour online orientation for new students (all courses and study modes) who haven’t studied with us before, or who are unfamiliar with our online learning environment and support resources. Two sessions will be held on Tuesday 16th February, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm (Sydney time) to cater for students in different time-zones. The same content will be delivered in both sessions, so you only need to attend one of these.

    The use of a webcam and mic by students is optional. A recording will be made available on Moodle for students who are unable to attend or wish to refer back to it at a later date.

    Important! Discipleship Groups for all Bible and Theology Discipleship Groups for Bible and Theology Students – Sydney campus and Online students

    At Morling, we don’t want you to go it alone! For Bible and Theology (BAT) students in Sydney and online, an important and ongoing aspect of this is being part of a Discipleship Group. Although not for ACT credit, participation in a group is a vital part of your overall development as a Christian who is training for future ministry. For those in our Perth-Vose campus, you will continue to meet in the GSF group on Wednesday mornings.

    For those on the Sydney on-campus or online, you will meet once a week with other students in a small group led by one of our wonderful faculty. You will share together in your journey as a student and grow in your personal and ministry walk. Participation in a Discipleship Group is required for all BAT fulltime students and NSW&ACT Baptist accreditation candidates, and strongly encouraged for all scholarship recipients and part-time students. CCSC and EDU students are very welcome to join as well if they are able to.
     
    The groups will begin in Week 2 of semester. But you need to sign up now, choosing one of the available timeslots/options by registering here.

     
    For Morling Bible and Theology and CCSC students studying in 2021 please register for Perlego by clicking HERE (not available for cross-institutional students)...
     
    What’s Perlego?
    Perlego describes itself as the “Spotify for books,” which pretty much explains the concept. A subscription gives you access to thousands of textbooks in ebook format, from a wide range of publishers. There are currently over 32,000 titles in the Theology and Religion category, and new publishers are being signed up all the time.
     
    How will Perlego complement existing library resources?
    The library currently has ebooks that it owns, as well as subscriptions to the EBSCO Religion collection and Proquest rental ebooks. Perlego will be in addition to these, providing a much wider range of ebooks that can be used as additional readings in units as well as assignment resources. 
     
    Please contact the libraryhelpdesk@morling.edu.au if you have any questions. 

    Can't find your textbook on Perlego? See if Koorong has it! 
    New 2021 students - you should have received your "NEW STUDENT" voucher - you get a bit bigger of a discount!
    OPPORTUNITIES
    Sydney Campus Accommodation
    We have a few vacancies in our Morling Village:
    Available from Mid -Late February:
    • 2 x 1 Bedroom Units suitable for a single person with priority given to full-time Morling Students – Rent: $300 per week.
    • 1 x 3 Bedroom Duplex suitable for a family or possibly a share arrangement – Rent: $375 per week.
    We also have single rooms (with ensuite and some with kitchenettes) available in MRC. 
    • Semester/yearly contract
    • Casual accommodation (perfect for staying overnight when you have a late class or early morning)

    Get in touch with the MRC team to know more.

    UPDATE YOUR DETAILS
    While we update and finalise our enrolment lists we are sending this to students who also studied in 2020 and over Summer. 

    • If you have finished your studies - why not sign up to our ALUMNI email list so we can stay in touch.
    • If you are using a different email please let us know by replying to this email.
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