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Featured Event

Friday, September 7, 5:15 in Gesu Chapel

Mass of Gathering with JST Welcome Barbecue to follow.

We gather to give thanks and ask for God’s blessing as we open this new academic year.  Following Mass, all are welcome to the barbecue at JST.

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Liturgy News

Friday, September 7, 5:15 in Gesu Chapel, Mass of Gathering

Presider Schedule Week of September 3-8

Monday: Sept. 3 Holiday, No Mass 

Tuesday: Sept. 4, 8:00am Otto 5:15pm Griener

Wednesday: Sept. 5, 8:00am Tanner  5:15pm Agliardo

Thursday: Sept. 6, 8:00am Tyrrell/Lakra 5:15pm Janowiak/Chukwu

Friday: Sept. 7, 8:00am  Nsengimana  5:15pm O'Brien

Saturday: Sept. 8, 8:30am Diaz Diaz

Sign Up for a Liturgical Ministry

Please fill out this form in order to sign up for liturgical ministries during the year.

Liturgical Ministry Signups

JST Announcements
  • Professor Kate Barush's class, RA-4946-1 (Tolkien - Art & Religion), has changed its meeting time to Mondays, 12:40-3:30.
  • Don't forget to Register for classes by 5:00pm on Friday, August 31.  The Late Registration deadline is September 14.

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
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JST Orientation Week
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JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day
Mass of the Holy Spirit and Welcome Back BBQ
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

GTU News and Events

GTU Library Orientation, Make-up session
12:30-1:30, GTU Library

If you were unable to make the Orientation to the GTU Library during Orientation week, plan to attend and learn to find your way around the great resources the Library provides for research and study.

Opening Reception: Gestures to the Divine: Works by Hagit Cohen
Doug Adams Gallery, Pacific School of Religion, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Israeli-born artist Hagit Cohen applies the technical precision and vigor of digital photography to the shamanic rituals she incorporates into her daily life. The smallest plant seeds and pods, gathered on the East Bay trails and other traveled countries, demand hyper-focused attention and take center stage in Cohen’s minimalist prints. Strange forms loom large, casting intricate shadows, some resembling calligraphic marks, some resembling dance scores. “Nothing is too small to be the object of wonder or to hold powerful significance in the cycle of life,” says Cohen, who installs her work to create the space of of awe, contemplation, revelation, and prayer. The exhibition is curated by Alla Efimova, the Principal and Founder of contemporary arts management company, KunstWorks.


Exhibit runs until December 13

Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice Interfaith March
8:00am PSR Chapel

The Graduate Theological Union will be marching with RISE for climate, jobs, and justice on September 8, 2018 in San Francisco. We will join tens of thousands of people from around the world for this historic mobilization.

Here’s how to participate with us in the march:

  1. Contact Gordon Gilmore if you plan to join the GTU contingent to be informed of all important details of our group’s plans (phone: (847) 421-0759; e-mail:
  2. Please register for the march itself via the RISE website faith link here.
  3. Join the Interfaith RISE Facebook Group for updates and inspiration in the lead up to September 8.

Location: Embarcadero Plaza | San Francisco, CA

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018

→ 8:00 a.m. Gather in front of the PSR Chapel

→ 8:26 a.m. Board BART at downtown Berkeley station to ride to Embarcadero

→ 9:15 a.m. Interfaith service | Ferry Park

→ 10:00 a.m Shabbat service | Ferry Park

→ 11:00 a.m. March to Civic Center Plaza

→ 12 noon Resource fair and street mural painting (we will be breaking the world’s record for the largest street mural!) | Civic Center Plaza

Now is our time to rise in love and compassionate action. Only together will we win.

GTU Library Orientation, Make-Up Session
12:30-1:30, GTU Library

If you were unable to make the Orientation to the GTU Library during Orientation week, plan to attend and learn to find your way around the great resources the Library provides for research and study.

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 paper, and doing research from a distance.  

View from the Bench: Closing Artist Roundtable
GTU Library, 5:30-7:30

A View from the Bench features a selection of drawings by Cruz Reynoso on his case notes while he served on the California State Supreme Court, as well as works by other Chicano artists. Chicano art is often produced for the community, a deeply religious community. Rather than artists hiding their faith tradition, the Chicano community creates art about protest and social justice which is fundamentally rooted in the community’s faith tradition.


GTU Diversity: A Welcoming Reception for Students, Faculty, Staff of Color and International Students, Faculty and Staff
4:30 - 6:00, Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion

This event is hosted by the GTU consortium student affairs offices. For more information, contact Kathleen Kook, GTU Dean of Students,


Community Events and Announcements

International Shoreline Cleanup in Berkeley
9:00 - noon, Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Avenue Berkeley Marina

Contact Mary McGann,, if Interested in carpooling. Meet in front of JST at 8:30am

International Shoreline Cleanup

Being with Dying and Death
September 18, 8am - September 20, 5pm, Chaplaincy Institute, 1400 Shattuck #14

Explore important aspects of being with dying and death from interfaith perspectives. For chaplains, hospice volunteers, nurses, physicians, therapists and anyone faced with dying at home. Tuition: $495, with sliding scale for financial need.

Job Announcements and More

Share Your Faith: Volunteer to Teach, Children's Faith Formation 2018-19, St. Agnes Church, San Francisco

The Children's Faith Formation program at St. Agnes is growing! St. Agnes is calling for additional catechists to share their love of God, the world and our faith with the children in our church.  There are opportunities for leadership in Grades 1-3, 4-6, Confirmation (Grades 7-8) and Children's Liturgy of the Word.  Experience working with children and theological formation are highly recommended.  Contact for more information.

Call for Editors

Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology

Positions available for editorial staff, including Copy Editor and the Peer-Review Board of Department Editors for Sacred Texts, Theology and Ethics, and Religion in Practice/Practical Theology. Apply by contacting the managing editor,, and list your disciplines or subjects of expertise. Based on this, the editorial staff will send you relevant submissions for peer-review.  Current doctoral students, doctoral alumni and friends of the GTU (scholars who may be faculty in the GTU or at other institutions) are invited to apply for these positions.

Call for Papers
5th Asia Pacific GTU Student Forum
October 15, 2018

Invitation for Doctoral students (STD or PhD) working on topics or themes relevant to Asian-Pacific contexts to present their projects.  Send to the director of the Asia Project, or the program coordinator, Presenters do not have to be Asian descendants but papers must have an Asia Pacific connection. Please include your name, school, area and title of your project.  Decisions will be announced on Oct. 1. For any inquiries, please contact the program coordinator, Marinda Chan,

Presentation abstract (300-500 words) due by September 25.

Call For Papers
2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, American Academy of Religion, Western Region
Arizona State University, March 2-3, 2019
2019 Annual Conference Theme: Religion and Resistance
Sections on Catholic Studies, Education and Pedagogy, Indigenous Religions, Pagan Studies, Philosophy of Religion, Womanist/Pan-African, and Resisting Climate Dystopia with Spiritual Activism are chaired by GTU, JST and SCU students and faculty. Please consider sending in a proposal.
Proposals are due October 1.
Call for Papers
Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology (BJRT)
Editors of the BJRT invite scholars to submit articles and book reviews for inclusion in the journal. The BJRT strongly encourages rigorous and creative scholarship from different religious and theological traditions and methods. The journal aspires to be an international and diverse forum of original, cutting-edge scholarship in religious studies, philosophy and theology that reflects the GTU's endeavor to be an interdisciplinary and interreligious community that grows in knowledge, thrives in spirit, and unites in solutions. For instructions for submissions and style Guide, see:
Submission deadline is February 1, 2019.
New International Students at JST

International Orientation Students on Tour of Campus. Photo by Catherine Holcombe.

New International Students at JST
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