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JST Renewal Program: A Sabbatical Experience

The Renewal Program provides a holistic sabbatical experience of contemplative rest, theological renewal, and spiritual transformation, for clergy, men and women religious, and laity, from the Bay Area and around the world. 

Renewal Program participants have the opportunity to take up to six academic units (whether three-unit or one-unit courses), for personal and professional enrichment, which may be audited or taken for credit. Sabbaticants choose from more than 100 course offerings through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). In addition to theological updating, the Renewal Program also provides participants with retreats, spiritual direction, and other opportunities for renewal in mind, body, and spirit. 

We also gather on Wednesdays for activities that engage the core of “renewal”: reflecting on how the time of sabbatical is unfolding, gathering for liturgy and prayer, exploring personal development and updating on areas of theology with JST faculty and other presenters, and enjoying excursions to San Francisco Bay Area attractions.

“ JST Renewal Program: A Sabbatical Experience is ideal for religious, clergy, and laity discerning transition in ministry, including those preparing for or completing leadership positions. Among the gifts of this fine program are: outstanding theological and spiritual resources for personal and ministerial growth; companions at the same stage of life's journey; and thoughtful guidance in interpreting and preparing for the Church of the 21st century.”
—Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM
JST Professor Emerita of New Testament and Spirituality
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Carrie Rehak

Director of the JST Renewal Program & Field Education Supervisor
Phone: (510) 549-5046
Office: Room 104