In response to the global COVID-19 crisis, Morling College has implemented a number of changes to our on-campus program and facilities. We have been communicating with our students, staff and on campus residents since late January when we first became aware of this new strain of coronavirus to encourage them to stay up-to-date with government directives (Australian Department of Health and NSW Health).
We know that our actions make a difference and so we have been communicating regularly about how to establish safe rhythms of life, study and ministry. This has included information about hygiene, social/physical distancing, self-isolation and travel restrictions. We are grateful for the way that our community has responded with understanding, adaptability and a desire to care for those around them, especially those who are vulnerable.
We are meeting almost daily to respond to new challenges or opportunities, and paying close attention to relevant advice and directives from the state and federal governments, our Baptist Association, the Australian College of Theology, the University of Divinity, TESQA and other key agencies.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is happening to on campus classes and extracurricular activities?
All Zoom classes are being held at the same time as the normal class time. While we value the connections that face-to-face teaching provides (and look forward to a time when we can recommence on campus classes), we are finding that our online classes are providing space for deep learning and transformation.
We are also holding weekly Zoom prayer meetings for the college community instead of our usual chapel service and are sending out weekly devotions.
Our Transformational Discipleship Groups have moved online too.
What is happening to assignments and where can students get academic support?
We appreciate how disruptive the past few weeks have been on study and have given on campus and online students in Bible and Theology, Counselling, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care an automatic 1 week extension on all assignments.
We are also adjusting our exam assessments and schedule as needed.
We want our students to succeed in their studies and have thankfully have excellent processes to offer students support and extensions if they are facing particular hardship. Students are encouraged to seek academic support from the lecturer or from Morling’s Academic Tutor.
Is the Library open?
In keeping with government guidelines our physical Library space is closed - but we continue to provide library services online. We are also committed to resourcing our students as much as possible and have implemented a process for students to collect reserved items, request scanning and access a growing number of e-resources.
Are lecturers and administrators still contactable?
Yes – our open door policy has become a virtual open door policy! Even though we are predominately working from home, we are still available via the College phone number, email and Zoom.
What is Morling doing to encourage student wellbeing?
We are conscious that at times of crisis, especially one that is global in nature, most people will experience times of feeling alone, anxious, confused, overwhelmed or concerned for others in their family or community. We are committed to walking this journey with our students.
Students can contact our Dean of Students, Peter Friend, throughout the week.
Our Student Representative Group is also keen to connect, encourage and pray for students.
Our Ezra Counselling Clinic is also still operational (online) for students or members of the public who need a more formal space to process and find support.
Will Morling events still continue?
We are still keen to equip people in our churches, workplaces and neighbourhoods by holding events that will inspire us to live out our faith in real and relevant ways. We are working hard to adapt our upcoming events to be available online. Please check our Events page for updates.
Are Semester 1 intensives still happening? What about our Winter or Semester 2 intensives?
Yes, all of our intensives are continuing albeit in an adapted online mode. This includes our Counselling, Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care intensives.
We are planning an expanded Winter School (online) and also adapting our Semester 2 Unit offerings to create flexible study options for all students.
We hope to be able to announce those expanded and revised plans in early April.
Is Morling still holding Open Nights or taking Semester 2 enrolments?
Yes! Even though the way we teach may change we are still committed to providing world class training in Bible and Theology, Education, Counselling, and Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care. We are exploring ways that this crisis might actually provide new opportunities to equip women and men who want to be better equipped to follow Christ and make an impact in God’s world.
Please see our Events page to register for an Online Information Night and/or contact Rebecca Brown, our Future Student Advisor on our enquiries email.
How can you pray for Morling?
As always, we appreciate your prayers for Morling as we seek to live out the mission and vision God has given us. At this time, please keep our students, staff and residents in your prayers as we navigate new ways of connection, learning and service.
Praise God for his faithfulness, provision and empowering.
Thank God for the ways that Morling has been able to quickly adapt to changing contexts.
Pray for wisdom for those in leadership and godly reliance in decision making.
Pray for those in our Morling Residential College (many who are studying at Macquarie University) and for the MRC staff team.
Pray for the churches and communities our students and staff represent.
And please let us know how we can pray for you!