As coronavirus concerns grow and many universities are experiencing deep disruption of their usual routines, we recognize that this is a difficult time for everyone, and we want to support you. We’ll be sharing ideas and resources at the blog and on Facebook, and we’ll have a special webinar on Responding to COVID-19 Monday March 16 at 8pm ET. Contact email@example.com for a weblink. We’ll try to include resources that remind you of God’s love and power even in frightening moments, and resources that help you practically in this disrupted semester. In that spirit, ESN Associate Director Hannah Eagleson shares a prayer she wrote for this moment, and a roundup of some resources for those working to adapt in person classes to online ones. They’re arranged roughly in order of more general overviews to more specific explorations of a particular issue like building community, so you can start at the top if you’re looking for an intro to the topic of teaching online on short notice, or scroll down for more specific suggestions.
Oh Lord, In this time of trouble we look back to Your faithfulness to the church in all times and places, and we look forward to the day when all will be well in the fullness of Your Kingdom. In the here and now, we live in Your Kingdom already, and still we experience the “not yet” of waiting for all to be made whole in the new heavens and new earth. In this moment of danger and hardship around the world, let us faithfully love our neighbors, be wise in our management of risks to ourselves and others, and be unstintingly generous no matter the cost. Let this moment be the occasion to worship You wholeheartedly, to love You more deeply with all of ourselves. We ask this of You, the Trinity: Christ, who became vulnerable precisely in order to give everything to and for us; the Holy Spirit, who is ever with us and pleads for us with groanings beyond what we can utter; and the Father, whose love is over all His works. Grant in this moment that we may love our neighbors with wisdom, endurance, joy, and complete commitment to You and to the people You have made in Your image. Thank You, oh Lord. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
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Hannah Eagleson is Interim Associate Director of InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). She launched and still edits ESN’s collaboratively written devotional for academics, Scholar’s Compass. Hannah also crafts other community-building events and materials for ESN. She holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Delaware, and an MA from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. she’s working on a novel about a dragon who gave up fending off knights to become a tea importer in eighteenth-century England.