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Liturgy News
  • Wednesday, April 10: The Lenten Hour with Christ will be from 1:00pm - 2:00pm (NOT 11:30am - 12:30pm).
  • Wednesday, April 10: Spanish Mass at 5:15
Monday, 4/8, 8am Gonzales
Tuesday, 4/9, 8am Cu Pham  5:15pm O'Brien
Wednesday, 4/10, 8am Nyamayaro  5:15pm Shinseki
Thursday, 4/11, 8am Clerveau  5:15pm Atsikin/Rimasbel
Friday, 4/12, 8am Zezika 5:15pm Masikini
Saturday, 4/13, 8:30am Moro

JST Announcements
  • 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 i.e. (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

Due to technical difficulties, JST Events cannot be posted to Magis today. See below for a listing of several of the events for the week of April 8. When the technical difficulties are resolved, the full calendar will be available. Until then, you may access the calendar from this link: JST Events Calendar.

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
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Mass of the Holy Spirit and Welcome Back BBQ
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel
Lay Ministry: Where It's Been, Where It's Going
6:45pm, Loyola Board Room, JST

Presentation by Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D., Professor and Breen Chair in Catholic Theology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Informal Lunch Discussion with Edward Hahnenberg
11:00am - 12:30pm, Manresa, JST

Join Professor Hahnenberg for informal conversation about the place of lay ministry in the church today.

JST Livestream: Catholics and the Challenge of Racism
7:00pm, Manresa Lounge, JST

JST will livestream this event taking place at the SCU Williman Room in Benson Center. Bishop George Murry of Youngstown, OH, a leader in the Catholic fight against racism, will speak about a powerful document against racism issued last November by the Catholic bishops of the United States.

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

Bannan Memorial Lecture: "Cybertheology: Thinking Faith in the Digital Age"
4 - 5pm; SCU, de Saisset Museum

Antonio Spadaro, S.J. is the Editor in Chief of La Civiltà Cattolica and a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture. Because the Internet has changed and is changing the ways in which we think and act, it must also be changing the ways in which we think faith. Spadaro will question how technologies redefine not only the ways in which we do things but also our being and therefore the way we perceive reality, the world, others, and God. A public reception will follow the lecture.

"The Logos and the Dao": John C. H. Wu’s Catholic Witness to China's Spiritual Traditions
4 - 5PM; SCU, Benson Parlors B & C

Robert M. Gimello is Research Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and a Fellow of the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies. In this presentation, Gimello will trace parallels between the Dao of Chinese thought the Logos (Word) spoken by God in the Gospel of John. John C. H. Wu (吳經熊), Catholic convert and author of the Constitution of the Republic of China, translated one of the most famous and challenging Chinese philosophical works, the Dao De Jing, for a Western audience. 

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. Poster session: Faculty, students, and staff are invited to present posters of their environmental justice research projects at the conference. Details and application form are here. Deadline to apply: April 12. Registration: All attendees should register for the conference for free here.

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. 

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 the heading of this section 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.

Singing Our Faith: Lenten Retreat Weekend
4/5 - 4/7; Greek Orthodox Churches in San Francisco and Belmont

The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute and the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross present "Singing Our Faith: Lenten Retreat Weekend". This weekend retreat of sacred music and uplifting presentations begins at 7pm on 4/5 and goes through Sunday, 4/7. Registration is required.

Contemplative Lenten Retreat
9am - 1pm; 2407 Dana Street, Geneva Hall, Rooms G208 and G209, Berkeley

Stop and pay attention to God’s great love and truth, as expressed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Join us for a morning of prayer, reflection, and readying ourselves to continue our great pilgrimage with Christ. Led by Susan Phillips, PhD, and co-sponsored with First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. Please click the link below to register. For student discount, please contact

Teaching for the New Millennium with Miriam Heller Stern
4/7, 2-6pm and 4/8, 9:30am-12pm; Dinner Board Room, GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road

What does this moment in history demand of us as Jewish educators and how might we sharpen our skills to rise to the occasion? This seminar will explore a variety of tools, theories and stances that we can use in building cultures of learning that will not only respond to, but lift up the communities in which we teach and the surrounding culture. A two-day workshop (April 7, 2-6pm; April 8, 9:30am-12pm), RSVP is required for attendance on one or both days of the workshop by e-mailing

Taubman Lectures by Naomi Seidman: "The Navel of the Dream: Freud's Jewish Languages"
4/9 and 4/11, 7pm; 4/16, 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. She will give a series of three lectures on the relationship between language, translation, and psychoanalysis in the work of Sigmund Freud. A reception follows the last lecture (on April 16). RSVP is requested for each lecture.

Russell Fellowship Forum: Science and Youth Ministry
4/10, 7pm, and 4/13, 1-5pm; Dinner Board Room, GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Rd

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 event at 7pm on April 10, the Fellow's Public Forum Lecture, is free and open to the public. The event from 1-5pm on April 13 is the Annual Russell Family Research Conference; respondents include Greg Cootsona, Rachelle Hayes, and others (TBA). Registration is required. These events are part of the 2019 Russell Family Fellowship in Religion and Science. 

Teaching Theology and Religion Today
11am - 12pm; GTU Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Avenue (first floor)

Join Professor Deena Aranoff for this workshop from the Professional Development Program, "Teaching Theology and Religion Today."

Film and Discussion: “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution”
7:30pm; 2000 Center Street, Suite 200, Berkeley

The PLTS Green Justice Initiative and California Interfaith Power and Light present this showing and discussion of the documentary “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution”. In this film, join James Redford as he travels and explores the renewable energy movement that is already underway.

CLGS Boswell Lecture with Johari Jabir: "Peace Be Still," Rev. James Cleveland
6:30-8:30pm; Badè Museum of Biblical Archeaology, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Rev. James Cleveland was a musician, pastor, preacher, and founder of the Gospel Music Workshop (GMWA); he is particularly known for his 1963 song, "Peace Be Still." Popular memory of Rev. Cleveland is mired in the public secret of his sexuality; yet, Cleveland’s legacy is larger than his identity as it offers to us lessons of accompaniment, and a sankofa spirituality in the service of social medicine. This talk will be offered by Johari Jabir, PhD, Associate Professor of African American Studies at The University of Illinois at Chicago and PSR alumnus. A reception will follow.

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

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, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

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.

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

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, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

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, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

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, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

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.


Community Events and Announcements

Othering & Belonging Conference
April 8 - 10; Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland

Participate in a three-day conference in Oakland with programming that features scholars, artists, youth leaders, movement organizers, cultural leaders, grantmakers, policymakers, and committed community members, all gathered together to advance scholarship, narratives, movements, systems, and policies that support a more fully inclusive "we." The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley is the main organizer of this annual conference. Please see the registration page for more information on cost and possible scholarships.

Tanner Lectures on Human Values: "Rules for Wrongdoers"
April 9-11, 4:10 - 6:30pm; Toll Room, Alumni House, UCB Campus near Sproul Plaza

Arthur Ripstein will present the Berkeley Tanner Lectures on Human Values from April 9-11 on "Rules for Wrongdoers." The first lecture on Tuesday, April 9, is titled "Rules for Wrongdoers," and the second lecture on Wednesday, April 10, is titled "Combatants and Civilians." Following these two lectures, Ripstein will join three commentators on Thursday, April 11, for a seminar and discussion. In his lectures, Arthur Ripstein will argue that the very thing that makes war wrongful – the fact that which side prevails does not depend on who is in the right – also provides the moral standard for evaluating the conduct of war, both the grounds for going to war and the ways in which wars are fought. Arthur Ripstein is Professor of Law and Philosophy and University Professor at the University of Toronto, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1987.

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

Internship - NEW!!

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.

Job Announcement - NEW!!

Xceptional Prep Instructor Positions

Test Preparation Instructor Positions

Xceptional Prep seeks 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.

Salary: $45/hour for GRE classroom instruction; $35/hour for SAT and ACT classroom instruction.


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
Bellarmine College Preparatory, a Jesuit secondary school located in San José, CA, has been educating young "men for and with others" in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola since 1851. Bellarmine College Preparatory invites applications for a regular part-time (40%) Assistant Director of Christian Service ~ Immersion to begin in August 2019. For more information, please consult the job announcement or visit the school's Employment Opportunities webpage.
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: Second Regional Conference of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience

The purpose of this conference is to examine 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 min reading time and 10 min questions). Submissions with ready papers will be given a priority. Submission deadline is July 1, 2019. Please visit the webpage for more details.

Lay Student Retreat at El Retiro, March 24. Photo by Paul Kircher.

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Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Assistant Dean of Students
1735 Le Roy Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: 510-549-5029