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Liturgy News
  • There will be no services at JST from Thursday, April 18 through Sunday, April 21.
Monday, 4/15, 8am Kamanzi
Tuesday, 4/16, 8am Leveil  5:15pm Hung Pham
Wednesday, 4/17, 8am Llanera  5:15pm Agliardo

JST Announcements
  • Due to the holiday on Friday, April 19, Magis will be issued one day early next week, on Thursday, April 18. Please submit any items for inclusion by Tuesday, April 17 at noon.
  • The JST building will be closed, Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21.
  • A reminder that applications for the India immersion are due electronically to Simon Kim by April 15th (  If you have any questions, please feel free to email Professor Thomas Cattoi (
  • Two listening sessions on Clericalism and Culture will be held in Manresa on Tuesday, 4/16, from 1-2pm and 6:45-7:45pm. All JST students are welcome to attend. We will dialogue around the questions: "How do we as a community resist clericalism in our common life, work, and practice at JST? What are the ways we may unintentionally contribute to clericalism in our culture?" If you cannot make this event but still want to participate, please feel free to reach out to Chris Hadley, Julie Rubio, or Martin Connell individually to share your thoughts, observations, and concerns.
  • John Guyol, SJ (M.Div. I) is creating a Marian litany hymn for the Marian Art class, based on the relationships of JST community members with Mary.  Please respond to him at with your responses to these questions:
    • How do you see Mary acting in the world and in your life?
    • What is your favorite title for Mary, either traditional or new?
  • JST will be offering a course for intensive Latin study (BS-1042: Latin I and Latin II; 3 or 6 credits) from June 10-July 19, Monday through Friday, 9am-12pm. Interested GTU students should contact their school registrar or JST registrar, Jim Oberhausen at; interested non-GTU students should contact Laura Nieto with JST Admissions at

JST Events

JST Livestream, State of the University Address
4:00pm, Manresa
Annual address by the President to the campus community.
The Book as a Spiritual Vessel
10:00am - 3:00pm, Manresa
Renewal Program Offering led by Karen Sjoholm, M.A., REACE
White Fragility Discussion Group 1
11:00am - 12:00pm, Cardoner
Discussion Group facilitated by Brianna Deutsch, MA student, on Wednesdays, 11:00-12:00, Jan. 22, Feb. 5 and Feb. 19.
JST Livestream, Understanding White Fragility
3:30pm - 5:15pm, Manresa
Robin DiAngelo
Enrollment Listening Session 1
3:40pm - 5:00pm, Loyola
Enrollment Listening Session Zoom
8:30am - 9:30am
Enrollment Listening Session 1
12:40pm - 2:00pm, Loyola
Writing Labs for Academic Theology
1:00pm - 3:00pm, La Storta
Introduction to Academic Theology in the North American Context
Black History Month Event
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel
Celebrating Our History, Walking Our Purpose, Fulfilling Our Destiny
Healing Emotional Wounds
10:00am - 3:00pm, Manresa
Renewal Program Offering led by David Richo, Ph.D., M.F.T.

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

WhatsAppPolitics, Ethics, and Elections: India and Beyond
7 - 8:30pm; SCU, Vari Hall, Wiegand Room

WhatsApp, the world’s largest encrypted messaging platform, has contributed to key changes in political communications in countries like India and Brazil. This panel of top experts on WhatsApp, Indian politics and culture, and political communication, will focus on these matters in the charged context of the Indian national elections set to begin on April 11.

The Moral Responsibilities of Nations and the Plight of Refugees
12 - 1pm; SCU, Vari Hall, Wiegand Room

The rise of nationalism throughout the world has raised many profound ethical questions, but perhaps none more difficult than: What do I owe to my fellow citizen? What do I owe to my fellow human being who arrives on the other side of the border? Robert Audi, a leading moral and political philosopher in the US and professor at the University of Notre Dame, will offer this talk on migration, refugees, and ethics.

Engineering, Social Justice, and the Environment: An Anthropological Perspective
5:30pm; SCU, Vari Hall, Wiegand Room

Engineers across Silicon Valley have surprised the world by demanding their companies drop contracts to design technologies that would make it easier to separate migrant families at home and wage war abroad. How can engineers, social scientists, and the public more broadly evaluate the implications of engineering projects in terms of social and environmental justice?  In this lecture, Dean Chahim, Anthropology PhD candidate at Stanford University, will draw on the insights of anthropology to provide a framework to think about the relationship between engineering, social justice, and the environment, with particular examples from one of the world’s largest flood control engineering systems in Mexico City.

Technology’s ‘Invisible Hand’?: Divine Providence and the Techno-Scientific Myth of Progress
4pm; SCU, St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons

Michael Burdett, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology at the University of Nottingham, will explore how technology has become implicated in how we understand the shape, direction or purpose of history, society and nature. Part of that exploration will involve explaining how the doctrine of providence gets transformed and secularized into the ‘myth of progress’ in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and continues to operate today.

SCU Environmental Justice Conference
8:30am - 6:30pm; SCU

The conference will be a valuable opportunity for students to learn about Environmental Justice (EJ) issues, applied EJ research, and community-based research and learning. Registration is free and required.

First Annual Santa Clara Pow Wow
10am - 9pm; SCU, Mission Gardens

Come join the SCU Native American Coalition for Change (NACC) for this first-ever Pow Wow at Santa Clara University. This will be a gathering of tribes from across the U.S. to celebrate music, dance, culture and food through ceremony, celebration, and crafts. For more information, please contact Catherine Moore, Pow Wow Chair, at

GTU News and Events

GTU Summer Foreign Language Courses

The GTU offers intensive summer language courses in French, German, and Spanish, designed to prepare students for the modern foreign language exam. These courses focus on grammar, building vocabulary, translation practice, and developing researching and writing facilities in the language. Each course is offered from 9am to noon from July 8 through August 2. Tuition is $690. To reserve a spot in a course, register through the Continuing Education option in the Sonis registration system by June 14, or contact the GTU registrar, John Seal at or 510-649-2462. 

Call for Artists

A call to artists is now open for an upcoming show tentatively entitled “Drawing the Soul toward Truth: Muslim and Hindu Sacred Geometry.” This project invites Hindu and Muslim artists who work with geometry (of any media), and whose work will be brought together as interfaith dialog. This call will remain open until Fall 2019, and especially encourages new and underrepresented artists on the West Coast. Accepted artists will show during Fall 2020 at the Doug Adams Gallery of the GTU. For more information, please e-mail

GTU Library Workshops

The GTU Library offers many workshops throughout the semester to help students with research, writing and citation. The Zotero workshops feature a free online service for keeping track of bibliographic citations. They also offer workshops on finding resources for biblical and theological research, writing Biblical exegesis papers, and doing research from a distance. Please click here for more information.

GTU Co-working Group

Mondays, 9:00am - 1:00pm
The Doug Adams Gallery will be open every Monday through May 20 for the GTU's Co-Working Group. Take advantage of the gallery's meditative environment and treat yourself to a quiet sanctuary to study in. Free wi-fi, outlets, and snacks provided!

Meditation in the Gallery

Need a break from your studies? Join Institute for Buddhist Studies student, Quang Le, in a mindfulness meditation session on Mondays from 1-2pm in the Doug Adams Gallery (in the GTU building at 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley). Since 2007, Quang has been a disciple of the Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. This meditation is open to all GTU member school students, faculty & staff.

Annual Russell Family Research Conference
1-5pm; Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Joshua M. Moritz, 2019 Russell Fellow, will speak on the vital role of science in youth ministry. Moritz teaches in the Philosophy Department of the University of San Francisco, is managing editor of Theology and Science, and serves as the Director of Christian Formation at Berkeley Covenant Church. The respondents of this conference include: Greg Cootsona, Rachelle Hayes, and others (TBA). Registration is required. This event is part of the 2019 Russell Family Fellowship in Religion and Science. 

10th Annual International Islamophobia Conference
4/15 - 4/21; UC Berkeley Law School, 225 Bancroft Way

The GTU will co-sponsor the 10th Annual International Islamophobia Conference at the UC Berkeley Law School from April 15-21. The theme of this year's conference is "Virtual Internment Islamophobia, Social Technologies of Surveillance, and Unequal Citizenship". 

Madrasa-Midrasha: The Enlightenment Attitude towards Judaism and Islam
12:30pm; Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

In the wake of the tragic massacre of 50 Muslims and many more being injured at the hand of a white supremacist in Christchurch on 15 March 2019, the topic of tolerance takes on additional poignance. This seminar goes back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to examine the views of four leading Western advocates of toleration: John Locke, Pierre Bayle, Montesquieu, and Voltaire, with particular reference to their attitudes toward Islam and Judaism. Vicki Spencer is Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She works on cultural and religious diversity with reference to the Enlightenment and contemporary Western thought. Respondants include: Deena Aranoff, Faculty Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies; and Munir Jiwa, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies.

Taubman Lectures by Naomi Seidman: “The Navel of the Dream: Freud's Jewish Languages”
5:30pm; Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Naomi Seidman is Chancellor Jackman Professor of the Arts in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, and formerly of the Center for Jewish Studies at the GTU in Berkeley. This lecture is the last in a series of three lectures on the relationship between language, translation, and psychoanalysis in the work of Sigmund Freud. A reception follows this lecture. RSVP is required.

CLGS Jewish Roundtable Queeries Series: Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud with Andrew Ramer
7 - 8:30pm; PSR, Badè Museum, 1798 Scenic Avenue

A literary event with Andrew Ramer, an ordained maggid (sacred storyteller) and the author of three books. A number of his prayers and poems appear in the siddur of San Francisco's Congregation Sha'ar Zahav.

CRISPR Babies and Beyond: The Broad Range of Applications and Implications of CRISPR Gene-Editing Technology
7pm; Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

CRISPR technology can directly manipulate the genomes of humans, but also plants and animals, creating a wide-range of applications from bioterrorism to climate healing. Theologians and scientists from the Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley will discuss how we understand human nature and responsibility from various religious and secular traditions. Arvin Gouw is the vice president for research and development at the Rare Genomics Institute (RG), where he oversees the Rare Genomics Task Force (RGTF) and the BeHEARD Challenge (Help Empower & Accelerate Research Discoveries), which provide grants globally to rare disease researchers, foundations, and patient families.

4pm, and 8pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

"intra•sonant" is an interactive experience between audience and performers. Composer Amadeus Regucera and Left Coast's flutist and Feldenkrais practitioner Stacey Pelinka will interweave sound, movement, and meditation. Please dress comfortably. Chairs will be provided, or bring a mat if you are interested in lying on the floor. No late arrivals. Admission is free, but registration is required. Click here to register for the 4pm installation or here for the 8pm one.

Madrasa-Midrasha Symposium: Jewish and Islamic Sacred Texts and Contexts
1:30-7pm; Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Please join these scholars of Jewish and Islamic texts in conversation about translation, interpretation, study, and practice. The agenda for this symposium is as follows: 1:30pm, Deena Aranoff (GTU) and Mahan Mirza (University of Notre Dame); 3:00pm, Chana Kronfeld (UC Berkeley) and Nargis Virani (Emory University); 4:30pm, Robert Alter (UC Berkeley) and Todd Lawson (University of Toronto); and 6pm, Reception.

Sister Scholars: The Emergence of Orthodox Girls' Schools in Interwar Poland
6pm; Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Please join the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies for a book talk with Naomi Seidman, celebrating the publication of her new book Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Movement: A Revolution in the Name of Tradition. This book explores the founding of Bais Yaakov, the Orthodox girls' school system and youth movement that transformed Orthodox life in interwar Poland and continues to thrive today.

Beyond Trigger Warnings: Toward a Trauma-Informed Pedagogy for the Graduate Classroom
11am - 12:30pm; PSR, Badè Museum, 1798 Scenic Avenue

While primary schools have been increasingly focused on creating trauma-informed approaches in the classroom, graduate theological schools have not been as proactive about this topic. In this second annual WSR Chair Lecture, Dr. Jennifer W. Davidson will share her current research into how to create a trauma-informed pedagogy for the graduate-level classroom. Jennifer W. Davidson, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Theology & Worship at ABSW and serves as chair of the steering committee for the Women’s Studies in Religion academic certificate program at the GTU.

Pacific Coast Theological Society Spring Meeting: “John B. Cobb, Jr., and His Legacy”
May 3, 1:30–8:30pm, and May 4, 9am-12pm; CDSP, Classroom B, 2451 Ridge Road

John B. Cobb, Jr. (Claremont, Emeritus) will join us for a series of papers concerning his work and broad interests. He will give a public lecture Friday evening and be presented the Patricia Codron Award for Lifetime Achievement. Cobb is a defining figure for Process theology and philosophy, a co-founder of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont, and a provocative voice with interdisciplinary interest in areas such as biology, ethics, economics, and the environment.

Unlearning Social Constructions of Race & Gender: What Hip-Hop Can Teach Us about Trauma and Healing
12:30-2pm; GTU Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Avenue (first floor)

This presentation focuses on understanding how social constructions created to marginalize people based on racialized and gendered categories result in fractured relationships within and among people grouped by these categories.  It will use a critical analysis of HipHop culture to unpack what we have learned about ourselves and others, how we've been traumatized and traumatize others, and how we can begin the process of healing. Presentation will be offered by Dr. Charity Clay, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Crime and Social Justice Program at Xavier University in New Orleans. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Sheryl Johnson at

“Rinconcito” Performance
5 - 7pm; Doug Adams Gallery; 2465 LeConte Avenue

Enjoy a complete performance of Nicolas Benavides' Rinconcito ("Little Corner") for strings and guitar along with a composer Q&A! Nick will take questions and discuss the work as well as his journey as an emerging composer.


Community Events and Announcements

Our Common Home Summit: Spiritual Ecology in Education & Action
9am - 4pm, Bishop O'Dowd High School, 9500 Stearns Avenue, Oakland

Keynote Wisdom Keepers Joanna Macy & Corrina Gould will be joined by presenters from the University of San Francisco, Weaving Earth, SustainUS, Project Wayfinder, Marin Academy, Earth is Ohana, GreenFaith and more!  Our Common Home Summit invites working teams of educators, students, faith leaders, organizers and activists for a full day of inspiration, practical workshops, and community network building. Educators/Adults $100, Students $25. Scholarships are available. Registration includes lunch and closing reception.

Foot Massage as the Art of Anointing Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm; Care Through Touch, 240 Golden Gate Ave, Suite 206, San Francisco

Workshop participants will learn foot massage within the context of anointing. (Anointing with oil was used in ancient times as medicine to heal and comfort someone in danger.) In this workshop, we will learn a simple healing massage sequence that can be offered anywhere and to almost anyone in any condition. On Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 11am-3pm, workshop participants will provide foot massages to homeless and marginally housed men and women in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco as gestures of respect and loving acts of service. Please visit website for information on how to register.

Conversation-Seminar with Vicki Spencer: Toleration in Comparative Perspective
5 - 7pm; 3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley

The idea that toleration is a uniquely Western idea and particularly one that arose in the 17th century during the European Reformation has been increasingly challenged in recent times. The seminar will consider ways to pluralize our understanding of the Western tradition and to illuminate the intersections between Western and non-Western traditions by critically exploring the points of commonality and difference in their varied approaches to cultural and religious diversity. Discussants include professors from the GTU, UC Berkeley, and Otago University in New Zealand.

Lecture: "State Courts and School Desegregation: New Perspectives on Judicial Federalism and the Myth of Parity"
4:10pm; Chevron Auditorium, UC Berkeley International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave

Associate Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court will deliver the Jefferson Memorial Lecture. By examining scores of segregation cases litigated during the century before Brown, Liu aims to shed new and critical light on the 'myth of parity' and elucidate the shared role of state and federal courts in elucidating constitutional principles.

‘Doing’ Political Theology Today: Promises and Pitfalls
5 - 7pm; 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Ruth Marshall is Associate Professor of Religion and Political Science at the University of Toronto. Marshall received her DPhil in Politics from Oxford University and spent eight years living and researching in West Africa before becoming a professor at UT. She is the author of Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria and numerous scholarly articles on the study of the political implications of Pentecostalism and postcolonial politics in West Africa. Her research and teaching are interdisciplinary, drawing on critical theory, political science, political philosophy, study of religion, anthropology, African and postcolonial studies.

Job Announcements and More

Essay Contest - NEW!
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) invites the seminarians at JST to participate in our second annual essay contest aimed at revealing the depth of Catholic teachings on ecologically-sustainable behavior. We ask seminarians to write a short, two-page essay (in English) that relates to the question: How can Catholic teachings help promote ecologically sustainable behavior? The essay should combine personal experience or reflections and citation of sources in Catholic teaching. The winner will receive $1,000; 2nd place, $300; and 3rd place, $200. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2019. For questions, please contact Faygle Train at
Grants - NEW!

American Academy of Religion Grants

To broaden participation in their Annual Meeting in November, the American Academy of Religion administers two generous grant programs every year: the Annual Meeting Travel Grants and the Religion and the Arts Travel Grant. These funds help defray costs and make participating in the AAR Annual Meeting a reality for members who would otherwise struggle to attend. The deadline to apply for either grant is April 19, 2019 at 2pm PST.


Paid Internship, Office of Restorative Justice, California Catholic Conference This position is responsible for helping build our restorative justice network, and actively building relationships with diocesan offices and the Restorative Justice Community. This person will also assist with reporting for our national strategic Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grant as well as be responsible for active and creative social media posts for restorative justice projects.

A mandatory, all-expenses-paid orientation training with the National CCHD office in Washington will take place May 29 - May 31, 2019.


Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies: The goal of the Russell Berrie Fellowship Program is to build bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to interfaith issues. Fellowship awards provide one year of financial support for Russell Berrie Fellows to pursue a Diploma in Interreligious Studies or a Licence Degree at the Angelicum. The application deadline is April 19, 2019.

The Women’s Ordination Conference and Sheila Durkin Dierks and her family are honored to offer a scholarship fund for women to support their academic and spiritual path toward ordained priesthood. This scholarship is primarily directed to women who wish to be ordained Catholic Priests (including Ecumenical Catholic and Roman Catholic Women Priests). The award is $2,000 and the deadline to apply is April 29, 2019. For more information on how to apply, please click here.

Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries in Catholic Studies/Catholic Theology, Durham University

Durham University is offering various scholarships and bursaries for students in one of their Theology and Religion degree programs. The deadlines for submitting applications are May 3 for current Durham students and May 19 for new Durham students. Please click here for more information.

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center presents the Patterson Triennial Conference, "Faith, Reason, Theosis," from June 3-5, 2019 at Fordham University School of Law (150 W. 62nd Street, New York City, NY). The student registration fee is $25. To register, please visit their webpage; for more information, please contact Nathaniel Wood at
Job Announcement

Xceptional Prep is seeking test preparation instructors for GRE, SAT and/or ACT classes. These are part-time positions with classes once per week on Sundays (GRE and SAT) and/or Saturdays (ACT). They seek intelligent, charismatic instructors who have both top test scores and excellent teaching skills. As the best test prep value, Xceptional Prep offers six-week, high-quality test preparation courses at a value price. The rate of pay is $45/hour for GRE classroom instruction and $35/hour for SAT and ACT classroom instruction.

D'Arpino Essay Contest

Applicants should write a scholarly research essay that answers the following question: If God exists, then what is the best theological way of describing the divine-human relationship? The award is $300. Eligibility: students in M.Div., M.A., or doctoral studies. The deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019 before midnight. For more information, please contact Myoung-Ho Sin at before May 1.

Call for Papers

Roth Prize Paper

Students are invited to participate in the competition offered by the Mercersburg Society, with a $750 prize for the best student paper on any topic, historical or contemporary, pertaining to Mercersburg Theology. The papers will be approximately 15-20 pages long, with appropriate documentation. The prize winner will be invited to present the winning essay at an upcoming Mercersburg Society Convocation (in June), and may then be published in the New Mercersburg Review. Submissions should be sent to Anne Thayer, by May 20, 2019.

Call for Papers

Religious Experience and Description for the Second Regional Conference of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience: This conference examines the difficulties and possibilities, and theoretical problems and hands-on solutions arising in the description of religious experience. Please submit your abstract of approximately 300 words to You can also enclose a paper of 3000 words (i.e., 20-minute reading time and 10 minutes for questions). Submissions with ready papers will be given priority. Submission deadline is July 1, 2019. Please visit the webpage for more details.

Lunch with Ed Hahnenberg. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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Phone: 510-549-5029

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