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Authentic and Lasting Reform

Preaching in the Context of Sexual Abuse

In a workshop designed for pastoral ministers of all kinds, Gina Hens-Piazza, Professor of Biblical Studies, and Fr. Brendan McGuire, Pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in San Jose, will offer practical suggestions about how best to preach in communities impacted by sexual abuse or abuse of authority in the Church.

Time: Sunday, February 24, 2019; 2 - 4pm

Location: JST Loyola Board Room

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Liturgy News
  • Wednesday, 2/27,  Spanish Mass
Monday, 2/258:00am Silungwe
Tuesday, 2/268:00am Zezika  5:15pm Connell
Wednesday, 2/278:00am Gbedolo  5:15pm Clerveau
Thursday, 2/288:00am  Otto  5:15pm Leveil/Marchionni
Friday, 3/1, 8:00am Seluvannan  5:15pm Connell
Saturday, 3/2, 8:30am Tang Nguyen

JST Announcements
  • JST Community Clericalism Self-Review Sessions for Students will consist of two listening sessions, Friday, March 1 from 9:30-10:30am in the Manresa Lounge and Ash Wednesday, March 6 from 2:00-3:00pm in Classroom 216. Our hope is that these two offerings will enable many students to participate in the midst of their busy schedules. These one-hour sessions involve giving responses to 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?
  • We are in the process of creating the Spring Addendum to the 2018-19 Photo Directory. If you were not included last fall or need to make a change, please fill out the survey, Photo Directory.
  • JST is awarding "Student Development Grant" funding to subsidize a student's expenses for participation in a conference or workshop that will further their academic or ministerial formation.   Submit the Student Development Grant Application to Paul Kircher, Assistant Dean of Students,  Deadline:  March 22, 2019.
  • We are entertaining one more candidate for the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament position at JST. The Public Presentation for the third candidate is on February 26 from 1-2pm in Manresa. All are welcome and encouraged to come. Your feedback is essential for the hiring process.
  • The Jesuit School of Theology presents A Heart Renewed: Daily Lenten Prayer, an online retreat with daily reflections emailed to you each morning. Sign up and learn more.
  • La mesa de español invites you to partake in fun Spanish conversation every Tuesday at 1pm on the patio, weather-permitting, or in Compañia.

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

Markkula Ethics Center Spring Events: DNA Testing and the Stranger in My Genes
12 - 1pm; SCU, Vari Hall, Wiegand Room
In 2012, longtime genealogy buff and CNBC Anchor Bill Griffeth took a DNA test, just for fun, and got the shock of his life. The results suggested that his beloved father was not his father. Hear his story and learn more about DNA testing ethics at this talk co-sponsored by Silicon Valley Reads and the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education of SCU.
Tent Cities in Silicon Valley
4:30pm; SCU, California Mission Room, Benson Center

Christopher Herring, PhD candidate in Sociology at UC Berkeley, will give this presentation. Drawing on interviews with city officials, homeless advocates, service providers, and homeless campers in over a dozen west-coast municipalities with tent cities, this talk will explain the roots and implications of homeless tent cities and provide lessons for Silicon Valley as it copes with its own homeless encampments.

Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference
March 11-13; SCU School of Law, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

Join the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) and the Diocese of San Jose for the 2019 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference. This annual event is part of CMS’s Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII), which seeks to understand, expand, and strengthen the work of Catholic institutions with immigrant communities.

Free for SCU/JST students, faculty and staff, but does not include lunch.

Regan Lecture: Silicon Valley and the Challenge of Ethics: Prognosis for a Sick Patient
7 - 8:30pm; SCU Law, Law, Charney Hall, Room 103

The Ethics Center is delighted to have Kara Swisher as our distinguished 2018-2019 Regan Lecturer. Swisher is a celebrated New York Times tech columnist and the executive editor of "Recode." She will speak on the unprecedented ethical challenges facing Silicon Valley and technology. 

Standards for Excellence® Clinic Series
March 14 and 15, 8am - 5pm; SCU Vari Hall, Wiegand Room

A two-day ethics and accountability training for nonprofit leaders and philanthropists on March 14 and 15. The Standards for Excellence® Training at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is a customized program that incorporates ethics throughout several areas of nonprofit governance, operations, and management.

GTU News and Events

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!

Madrasa-Midrasha: Aesthetics in Islam and Judaism
2-6pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley

Please join the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies for a half-day conference on aesthetics in Judaism and Islam. Reception at 5pm.

Left Coast Ear with Kurt Rohde, Part 2
5pm; GTU Le Conte Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley

Acclaimed violist and composer Kurt Rohde plays and discusses new works for solo viola and electronics from Tina Tallon and Elainie Lillios. The event is free but with limited availability; please RSVP.

Exploration of Spirituality and Storytelling in Dance
10:30am - 12:30pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA

As part of the weekend-long resiency around Akram Khan's XENOS, the Center for the Arts & Religion at the GTU will host an interactive session exploring spiritual and movement ideas. This workshop is one of four events surrounding Khan's XENOS performance, held over the weekend of March 2-4. Registering for this event automatically enrolls you as a member of the cohort taking part in the other three events. All events are free of charge and open to CARe members, GTU students and friends.

Storytelling with Susan Strauss
11am - 12pm, or 1 - 2pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA

A family-friendly concert with storyteller Susan Strauss. Two folktales are set to original music by Chris Castro, performed by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble musicians Stacey Pelinka, Loren Mach, and Leighton Fong. This performance is offered at two times (11AM and 1PM). The event is free but with limited availability. Please RSVP for 11AM or 1PM.

Milk and Honey: Childhood in the Jewish Imagination
9:30am - 7pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd

Childhood is a phase of human life that shapes culture and is shaped by culture. Narratives, representations, social and educational structures, custom and household life are key factors in its formation. Please join us for this conference on childhood as it has been rendered, imagined and shaped in Jewish literature, poetry, ethnography, and history.

2019 Reading of the Sacred Texts Lecture
7pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

The 2019 annual Reading of the Sacred Texts Lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 13 (reception at 6:30 pm, lecture at 7pm) in the Dinner Board Room. Dancer Carla DeSola will be our featured speaker. Sr. Martha Kirk will introduce the speaker and moderate the Q & A following the lecture.

Dillenberger Lecture, Playing the Part: Masks and the Performance of Identity in Iron Age Cyprus
5 - 7pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

Join CARe for our annual Dillenberger Lecture with guest speaker Dr. Erin Walcek Averett, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University, NE. Reception to follow in CARe's Doug Adams Gallery. This talk reevaluates the evidence for masking rituals in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Cyprus through close analysis of archaeological contexts to reconstruct masked performances.

The Confirmation Project: Meaningful Formation for the Christian Community
9:30am - 3:30pm; CDSP, 2450 LeConte Ave, Berkeley

This year, CDSP’s annual Youth Ministry Symposium will examine confirmation and formation practices that support youth, intergenerational groups, and the mission and spiritual growth of congregations. The event, which is open to all, is designed for youth ministers and volunteers, clergy, camp leaders, and directors of education and formation. The keynote speakers are Dr. Lisa Kimball and Dr. Jacob Sorensen.

Student Seminar with Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings
2 - 4pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

Come to a discussion with Dr. Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University Divinity School, who will challenge us to understand that “the racial problems of the western world emerged from Christian beginnings” at the second annual Berkeley Palmer Lectureship. He will explore our responsibility and opportunity to address racial antagonism through our life of faith. Student seminar at 2pm at the GTU library and lecture at 7pm at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.


Community Events and Announcements

Conference: Theology and the Public University
9:30am - 6pm, 2/22 and 2/23; 820 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion has been convening workshops and seminars on the place of theology in the university for the past two years. This two-day conference will assemble a group of talented and creative thinkers who are pioneering new ways of imagining theology, broadly construed.

Thomas Merton & Martin Luther King: Prophets for Today
3pm; Arrillaga Recreation Center, Menlo Park Civic Ctr, 700 Alma St, Menlo Park

Michael Higgins, Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought, Language and Literatures at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, will share his understanding of Merton's pilgrimage and how it intersected with King's, and what might have been if the two had, as they had hoped, shared an April retreat together.

Lecture: The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives are No Substitute for Good Citizens
4:10pm; Alumni House, Toll Room, UC Berkeley

Samuel Bowles, Director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute, will discuss why it is anything but prudent to let Homo economicus be the behavioral assumption that underpins the design of public policy and our legal system. Bowles will provide evidence from behavioral experiments mechanism design and other sources, and propose an alternative paradigm for policy making.

2019 Robbins Collection Lecture on Canon Law: How the Catholic Church Can Overcome the Sexual Abuse Crisis
6:30 - 8:00pm; UC Berkeley School of Law, Room 105, 215 Boalt Hall

Dr. Jennifer Haselberger will address how canon law and other institutional factors have contributed to the abuse crisis and possible reforms for the Church to overcome it.

Berkeley Palmer Lecture: "Choosing a Race: Overcoming Our Racial Antagonism"
7pm; Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St, Berkeley

Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, Associate Professor Systematic Theology & Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School, will give this year's Berkeley Palmer Lecture. This lecture will explore how Christians should understand and respond to the racial antagonism of the western world. The racial problems of the western world emerged from Christian beginnings and we have a responsibility and an opportunity to address them through our life of faith. 

Job Announcements and More

JST Grant - NEW!!

Student Development Grant Application 

Each year, JST awards "Student Development Grant" funding to subsidize students' expenses for participation in a conference or workshop that will further their academic or ministerial formation. Please submit your application to Paul Kircher, Assistant Dean of Students, Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019.

Scholarship - NEW!
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.
Hispanic Summer Program - NEW!

The Hispanic Summer Program (HSP) at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX (June 15-June 29, 2019),offers 7 choices of 3-credit, accredited courses geared toward master-degree level Latina/o seminarians and graduate students. There are a limited number of slots for D.Min. and Ph.D. students from sponsoring institutions only. Students may take only one course, and all courses must be taken for credit and a grade will be awarded. 

Completed applications are due: Thursday, February 28.

Call for Papers - NEW!

Theocom - "A Gathering of Theologians on Digital Communication" - is in its eighth year as an annual conference of theologians and other scholars about topics of digital culture and communication. This year’s gathering explores faith formation and how it is shaped by the reality of digital culture. We welcome papers that address various aspects of how social media affects Christian living and thinking. For details on proposal submission and suggested topics, please visit the Theocom 2019 webpage. The deadline for submitting proposals and papers is March 30, 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.

EcoFaith Practicum
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is partnering with EcoFaith Recovery to provide an EcoFaith Practicum for seminary interns who might desire to incorporate a climate justice or environmental justice project into their seminary internships. The practicum lasts from September 2019 to August 2020. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout February.
San Francisco Night Ministry Crisis Line Field Placement

The San Francisco Night Ministry Crisis Line provides a great opportunity for students who are interested in gaining valuable ministry and counseling experience as field experience. The position involves service from 10pm-2am in San Francisco. No prior training or experience is necessary; training is provided. Interested parties may contact for more information.

2019 Daggy Scholarships

Daggy Youth/Student Scholarships enable young people (ages 18-29) to participate in an International Thomas Merton Society conference, thereby inspiring the next generation of merton readers and scholars. The 2019 ITMS conference will be held at Santa Clara University from June 27-30, 2019. The closing date for Daggy Scholarship applications is March 20, 2019.

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.

Black History Month Side Altar. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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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