@Morling - July 5, 2021
This week is NAIDOC Week.  NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year, the organisers are continuing to call for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of their culture and heritage for all Australians, and to seek greater protections for their lands, waters, sacred sites and cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction. In what ways can you be part of bringing healing and reconciliation? How can this inform your prayers and your connections?

Find out more
  • You can explore NAIDOC week resources here, including a colouring in page for those of you bored in lockdown! 
  • Common Grace have an excellent collection of resources for individuals and churches. 
  • Complete an Online Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training module. Morling has purchased access to Modules created by Your Mob Learning. Your Mob is a 100% Indigenous owned business, they update their curriculum regularly, and are used by a number of universities and organisations. If you complete a Module you can download a certificate. Send this through to Gayle Kent and we will give you a Moodle badge to acknowledge this. 

We acknowledge that we are not the first people or community to live, work and learn in the places where our campuses and hubs now stand, and the places where our students live and learn. We wish to honour Almighty God as sovereign over all the earth. To state that all people are important to God and have historically been given custodianship of certain land. Accordingly we wish to pay due respect to the original custodians of the land and its waterways on which we meet. We acknowledge the vital contributions that Indigenous peoples of Australia have made and still make to the nation that we share.

Sydney, Macquarie Park campus: we acknowledge the traditional custodians - the Wallumattagal people of the Dharug nation.

Perth - Vose campus: we acknowledge the traditional custodians- the Wadjuk people of the Nyungar Nation.

  • Get ready for Semester 2. Make sure you have enrolled! If you have any questions, book a time to chat to a Course Advisor or Course Administrator. Having a clear plan ahead will help you and also bless us as we prepare. 
  • Continue to watch out for updates regarding lockdowns and restrictions in your state and territory. We will keep you updated about how this affects our Sydney and Perth-Vose campus.
    • Perth-Vose Campus: is open this week! Check WA restrictions here. Some staff may choose to work from home but they are still available via email and phone.
    • Sydney Campus: essential services still available (reception, library reserves), most staff working from home but available via email and phone, all COVIDsafe precautions, signing in, masks compulsory and distancing restrictions in place when/if essential to be on campus. 
  • Need help and not sure who to ask? Let us help you! Use the Student Help Desk email form to ask for help or support.
  • Can't find @Morling in your email? We are now putting a link to @Morling on Moodle - you can find today's email and an archive here.
  • Pray for the families represented by all our students and staff. Ask God to strengthen our relationships and give us opportunities to extend hospitality and grace to others.
  • Thank God for the opportunity many of us have to take a break (even with lockdowns and restrictions) over the next few weeks. Remember those in our community, and around the world that do not have this privilege.
  • Pray for those completing units during Winter School and for future students considering studying in Semester 2.
  • Pray for the nations of the world! Today's nation: Indonesia
Moodle System Upgrade 6-7th July

Due to a system upgrade, Morling Online (Moodle) will be taken offline for the 6th-7th July. My team will be working with our Moodle provider over these 2 days on this major project.

During this time:
  • Students and faculty will NOT have access to 
  • Students will not be able to access course unit materials.
This is a good reason to get your enrolment in on time!
Submit your enrolment form in if you haven't!

Still not sure what to enrol in? We are here to help!

To make the most of your course, it's important to understand your course structure, choose the right subjects, and explore the options available to you. 

Course Planning Information is available on Moodle under the Course Essential and Forms dropdown menu: you can find information and tools to help plan your course, along with contact details for your course advisor. Before contacting your advisor, please check out the information there, as your question may already be answered! 

Course Advisors - 2021
Heather and Noel Vose Library (Perth) - still open
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm // Saturday & Sunday - Closed//

Gilbert Wright Library (Sydney) - closed at the moment but with arrangements for reserve item pickup
During the Greater Sydney stay-at-home orders, the Library will be closed. You can still reserve items and the Library staff will communicate with you via email to arrange contactless pickup. You can still return items via the external return chute.

Library HelpDesk
If you have questions, want to request document scanning since you can't get to campus, or have other needs, please complete a Library HelpDesk ticket so staff in Sydney and/or Perth can help you. 
Please drive carefully on our campuses!
We know that many of you aren't coming to campus at the moment - but we wanted to remind you to drive carefully when you do! On the Sydney campus this is especially important because we have a number of families with young children living in Morling Village. When you are next on site you will notice we have added some pedestrian safety measures, including a new crossing and convex mirror to help pedestrians and drivers around the basement exit of the MALC building. 
Frederick Buechner Creative Writing Competition
The Frederick Buechner Center is sponsoring a creative writing prize for Morling students. The Perth and Sydney campus winners will each receive $600. You are invited to submit a piece of creative writing on any topic in any genre by 31 August 2021. For further details, please click here.
Ezra Centre
Affordable counselling can be accessed by seeing our Intern Counsellor ($15 per hour) who works under direct supervision. We also have qualified Clinical Counsellors who work out of Ezra, their fees range between $80 - $120. Appointments can be made face to face or online.
Please call The Ezra Centre on 8197 1746 or email to make an appointment.
ENCORE will be back in Semester 2 - who could you invite?

SEMESTER 2, BLOCK A : July 30 - August 20
1 & 2 Thessalonians: BLESSED INTERRUPTIONS with Matt Holt

Encore is an initiative of Morling College, held on Friday mornings at our Sydney campus and livestreamed. It is designed for people who are retired or no longer working full-time to continue learning about God with like-minded people. There are no academic requirements or assessments! You can find out more and register here.

We are also offering GROUP REGISTRATIONS for church groups that would like to livestream from their own community on a Friday morning. Get in touch with Gayle Kent if your church would be interested.
Message from the Transforming Vocation Committee: Transforming Vocation Conference Postponed
In light of the current Sydney lockdown, the uncertainty this generates for people and their plans, and the real possibility that it might be extended beyond the initial 2-week period, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Transforming Vocation conference to 2022. As the team commiserated about this decision, we were encouraged that nothing is wasted in God’s economy, and we look forward to bringing news of the rescheduled conference (probably September 2022) as soon as we can.

Please go to the Transforming Vocation website for more details.

In terms of the wider cause of faith–work integration, we are excited by what has already been achieved:
  • We had 43 speakers, presenters, interviewees and panellists willing to be involved.
  • We have started a conversation through social media led by an innovative collective of creatives who are committed to continuing the conversation for a younger generation.
  • We are encouraged by the stories we would have been able to share of churches, organisations and theological colleges looking to bridge the sacred–secular divide and encourage deeper faith–work integration.
  • Our promotion for the college included an interview on Hope Mornings in Sydney, a podcast with our speakers (Denise Daniels and Shannon Vandewarker) and an interview on Vision Radio with Andrew Sloane.
  • A 40-minute video conversation between a theologian, a worker and a pastor. .
ReachOut Missions Conference @ Katoomba Sept 11-12

ReachOut missions conference is on over the weekend of Sept 11-12 at Katoomba. There will be great speakers to hear and many mission agencies to visit. If you'd like to be part of a team attending the conference and promoting the college, please contact Graeme Dunkley.

Find out more about ReachOut here.


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