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Program information

Depending upon gifts received by JST and designated for the Renewal Program, the program director can occasionally offer limited scholarship support to the neediest applicants accepted into the program. For additional information, contact the Director, Bruce Lescher, at, after your acceptance into the program.

JST offers a variety of housing options. Most participants rent a unit in one of the three JST resident buildings near the school. Housing units consist of one or two bedrooms, a living room, dining area, and a full kitchen. All Renewal Program participants have access to a lounge that includes two computers linked to printers. All JST buildings have wireless networks as well. See additional information on JST Housing

Others make arrangements to live off campus. One popular option is Lenox House in nearby Oakland, CA, an apostolate of hospitality offered by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. If interested, contact Bruce Lescher,



There are several options for grocery shopping around the school. If you don't have a car, JST provides transportation for shopping, doctor appointments, and other trips. To explore shopping options, click here.

Most participants prepare their own meals, and they also frequently take turns cooking with other members of the program. If you prefer a quality cafeteria option, try the Consortial Dining Plan of the Graduate Theological Union. A healthy, delicious meal is available six days a week, with “all you can eat” entrees, just two blocks from the JST apartments on the campus of the Pacific School of Religion. You can sample the fresh fruit, salads and breads, made to order breakfasts, homemade soups, vegetarian options, and freshly baked desserts at a reasonable cost. Accommodations can be made for particular dietary needs and restrictions. For more information, visit



Spring 2018


Fall 2018

  • August 13- JST Housing Available
  • August 20-23- Opening Retreat
  • August 27-31- JST and GTU Orientation and Academic Registration
  • September 4- Fall Semester 2018 Begins
  • October 22-26- Reading Week, no classes
  • November 22-23- Thanksgiving Break, no classes
  • December 14- Fall Semester 2018 ends


“My sabbatical was a watershed in my life... that has made all the difference. I am eternally grateful.”
—Francis Baum, MSC
Kew, Australia
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Jim Siwicki

Director of The JST Renewal Program
Phone: (510) 549-5046
Office: Room 215