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Liturgy News
  • Thursday, May 2: Communion Service.
Monday, 4/29, 8am Kamanzi
Tuesday, 4/30, 8am Diaz Diaz  5:15pm Connell
Wednesday, 5/1, 8am Gbedolo  5:15pm Hadley
Thursday, 5/2, 8am Llanera  5:15pm Jewett/Ash
Friday, 5/3, 8am Hung Pham  5:15pm Atsikin
Saturday, 5/4, 8:30am Cu Pham

JST Announcements
  • JST Board member Dr. Yolanda Brown will meet with JST women students for conversation on women's ministry in the Church on Thursday, May 2 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in La Storta. Light refreshments will be served. Yolanda Brown is Parish Life Director at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Hollywood. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 to Mary Beth Lamb at

JST Events

Catholic In A Time of Crisis: A Conversation with Maggi Van Dorn of America Media
6:45pm - 8:00pm, Loyola

SCU grad and producer of the “Deliver Us” podcast, Maggi Van Dorn, will share her analysis of clergy sex abuse.

Tai Chi in the Doug Adams Gallery
4:30pm - 5:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery
With accredited Tai Chi Chih® teacher, Celeste Crine, OSF
JST Writing Lab #5
1:00pm - 3:00pm, JST 216
“Method, Methodology, Approach, Hermeneutical Question: Differences and Determining which Ones Suit Your Project”
JST Dean Candidate Presentation
9:45am, JST Manresa
30th Anniversary of the Assassinations in El Salvador
5:15pm, Manresa
Tai Chi in the Doug Adams Gallery
4:30pm - 5:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery
With accredited Tai Chi Chih® teacher, Celeste Crine, OSF
Lay Formation Gathering
12:40pm - 2:00pm, Manresa
Ministry in cultural context
Tai Chi in the Doug Adams Gallery
4:30pm - 5:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery
With accredited Tai Chi Chih® teacher, Celeste Crine, OSF
Thanksgiving Mass
10:00am, Gesu Chapel then Claver
Celebrate Thanksgiving Mass with the JST Community and brunch afterwards at the Jesuit Claver House
Christmas Tree Trimming Party
6:45pm, Manresa
After the soup supper
Advent Reconciliation Service
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel
JST Writing Lab #6
1:00pm - 3:00pm, JST 216
“Workshopping Final Papers and/or Thesis Proposals or Chapters”

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

Exhibition: “Out of Tradition: Sacred & Profane”

Out of Tradition: Sacred & Profane examines ways in which traditions and practices are passed down or change over time through the specific lens of Contemporary Native experience. Several of the artists included in this exhibition utilize their artistic practice to explore their own cultural heritage and grapple with the inconsistencies of what is known and not known about ceremony, lineage, and technique. The exhibition is held at the de Saisset Museum at SCU and runs from April 2 to June 15, 2019, from Tuesdays through Sundays, from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free.

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

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; 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

Day Retreat: Mindfulness, Hope, and Discernment in Troubled Times
9:30am-3:30pm; Multifaith Sanctuary, St. Joseph’s Hall

Join the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education for a day-long retreat with Juan Velasco and Diane Dreher. Combining mindfulness practice with insights from the Ignatian spiritual tradition and the latest research, this retreat will help you move forward in life with a new sense of joy and hope.

LERC Distinguished Speaker Series: Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, “Humanitarianism and Mass Migration”
4-5:30pm; St. Claire Room, SCU Library

At this final LERC Distinguished Speaker Series of the academic year, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, inaugural UCLA Wasserman Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, will discuss “Humanitarianism and Mass Migration: Confronting the World Crisis.” Suárez-Orozco will endeavor to fill a scholarly and humanitarian gap by examining theories and concepts that define today’s mass migration. His interdisciplinary and comparative approach will showcase new research examining how current structures of health, mental health, and education align and misalign with the new dystopic cartographies of mass migrations. 

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.

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.

PSR's Annual Spring Prom
7 - 11pm; PSR D'Autremont Dining Hall, 1798 Scenic Avenue

This year's theme for PSR's Annual Spring Prom is Seas of Change: Love on the Waves.” DJ Jac Attack will be returning, along with photo booth vendor, Baubles & Bowties. There will be light refreshments and non- and light alcoholic beverages provided. This event is open to members and families of all the Graduate Theological Union schools and centers. Tickets are available at the link provided and at the door.

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. Davidson 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 at 7:30 in the Tucson Room, 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! Benavides will take questions and discuss the work as well as his journey as an emerging composer.

“Seduced into Eden” with Avivah Zornberg
9:30am - 12:30pm; GTU Library, Dinner Board Room

In this talk, Dr. Avivah Zornberg will guide an exploration of the dynamics of seduction in the Garden of Eden. Seen through the prism of midrashic and psychoanalytic thought, the story of Adam and Eve challenges collective understanding of desire.

Five-Day Faith-Based Community Organizing Training
Tuesday, 5/28 through Saturday, 6/1; PLTS, 2000 Center Street, Suite 200

Taught by a team of experienced congregational and professional community organizers, this five-day class will cover the basic tools of faith-based community organizing from a biblical and theological perspective. The course will deal with practical skill-building in how to engage the public mission of the church in the world with the lens of place-based, spirituality, and racial and economic equity.


Community Events and Announcements

On Poetry and Translation between Hebrew and Arabic
3 - 6pm; Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Almog Behar is a poet, novelist, and critic who lives in Jerusalem and has published three books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and one novel. Behar is also one of the founders of the Judeo-Arabic cultural studies program at Tel-Aviv University. Shoshana Olidort, a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford University, will offer the introduction to Behar. A reception will follow the lecture. No RSVP is necessary.

Job Announcements and More

Conference - NEW!
Essentials for Leading Mission in Catholic Health Care is designed specifically for new mission leaders and those considering entering the ministry of mission integration. The 2019 program will begin with an in-person meeting Sept. 9-11, in St. Louis, followed by a series of online meetings approximately every two months to continue the formation and integration process. Student rates for registration are available.
The Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University 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. For more information, please visit the Orthodox Christian Studies Center website or contact Nathaniel Wood at To register, please click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Essay Contest
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
Call for Papers
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.
Silvana Arevalo carries processional cross for 30th Anniversary of Instituto Hispano
Silvana Arevalo carries processional cross for 30th Anniversary of Instituto Hispano

Gathering Procession for Instituto Hispano 30th Anniversary. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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Phone: 510-549-5029

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