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Dear JST Community,

Thank God It’s Friday!  All are invited this evening for the Mass of Gathering, followed by supper, as we celebrate the opening of the new semester.

Many thanks to Hung Pham, SJ, Marinda Chan, and all of the students who planned and prepared for our celebration of Lunar New Year.   Happy Year of the Pig!

This Tuesday, we celebrate Black History Month at our evening Mass, soup supper and presentation.   Please see more information below.

Peace and blessings,

Paul Kircher
Assistant Dean of Students 
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Liturgy News
  • Tuesday, 2/12: We will celebrate Black History Month at the 5:15 p.m. Mass, followed by a light soul food supper.
  • Wednesday, 2/13: Spanish Mass
Monday, 2/118:00am Silungwe
Tuesday, 2/128:00am Masikini 5:15pm Matthews/Sparks
Wednesday, 2/138:00am Moro 5:15pm Garcia Pintos
Thursday, 2/148:00am Leveil 5:15pm Hadley/Chukwu
Friday, 2/15 8:00am Mayaki 5:15pm Agliardo
Saturday, 2/16 8:30am Cu Pham

JST Announcements
  • We are entertaining three candidates for the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament position at JST. The Public Presentation for the first candidate will be on February 12, the second candidate on February 19, and the third on February 26. The Public Presentations will be held from 1-2pm in Manresa. All are welcome and encouraged to come. Your feedback is essential for the hiring process.
  • The JST Office of Student Life is looking for a graduate assistant to help with making flyers, worship aids, and other office assistance. For a job description and how to apply, click here.
  • 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

May
24
Commencement Mass
5:15pm, Gesù Chapel
Reception to follow in Manresa.
May
25
Lay Sending
11:00am - 11:45am, Gesù Chapel
May
25
Commencement
3:00pm, All Souls Episcopal Church, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley
Aug
26
Fall Orientation
All Day
Aug
27
Fall Orientation
All Day
Aug
28
Fall Orientation
All Day
Aug
28
GTU Welcome BBQ
5:00pm, CDSP Courtyard
Aug
29
Fall Orientation
All Day
Aug
30
Fall Orientation
All Day
Sep
6
Mass of Gathering
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel
Join us for Mass and the Fall BBQ!

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SCU Events 

Feb
12
State of the University
4:00pm; SCU, Mayer Theatre

At President Engh’s final State of the University address, he will offer reflections about SCU’s successes and progress on University initiatives. If unable to attend in person, the State of the University will be streamed live at the link below.

Feb
13
The Persistence of Coloniality: A Decolonizing Reflection on Transnational Migration and Education
4:00-5:30pm; SCU Library, 3rd Floor, St. Clare Room

The Latinx Education Research Center will continue its Distinguished Speaker Series by hosting Dr. Antonia Darder, Presidential Chair & Professor from Loyola Marymount University. By deconstructing mainstream immigration beliefs, this presentation will argue that neoliberal policies in this advanced stage of capitalism must be understood as inextricably linked to the resurgence of coloniality, particularly with respect to conditions associated with transnational migrations.

 

Feb
14
Animals, Ethics, and Re-Thinking Christianity
12-1:30pm; SCU, Vari Hall, Wiegand Room

David Clough, English scholar and professor of Theological Ethics, University of Chester, UK, will speak on his two-volume masterpiece On Animals, which has been called the "most significant Christian theological and ethical treatment of animals in the history of Christian ethics."

Feb
14
Difficult Dialogues: 400 Years of Slavery
6-8pm; OML, 832 Market St, Santa Clara

Join the Office for Multicultural Learning for continuing conversations about identity and inclusion. The "400 Years of Slavery" talk is hosted by Igwebuike, the Black/Pan-African student group whose name means "Strength in Unity."

Feb
16
The Promise and Perils of Virtual Reality
11:30am-1:30pm; Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market St

An exploration of virtual reality and ethics by SCU Assistant Professor of Philosophy Erick Ramirez. Lunch provided.

Feb
19
Film Screening and Panel Discussion: "Futbolistas 4 Life"
6-9pm; SCU, Music and Dance Facility

Futbolistas 4 Life is a film about teens from Latinx immigrant families caught in the crosshairs of federal immigration policy. They take solace in the game of soccer, which lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines. A panel discussion will follow featuring four panelists. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served! This event is free, but reservations are required to attend and space is limited; please RSVP.

Feb
27
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.
Feb
28
Office for Multicultural Learning's Difficult Dialogue Series: #BroncoPosi
6-8pm; SCU, Benson, Parlors B & C

Join the Office for Multicultural Learning for continuing conversations about identity and inclusion.


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!

Feb
8
Brown Bag Lunch: The Afterlife of Religious Relics & Souvenirs in Contemporary Art
12-1pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch talk with Dr. Kate Barush (Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion, GTU & JST). The work of three women artists working in media including assemblage, film, and installation will show the continuity of the idea of a perceived transfer of efficacy from a sacred site/object to their relocation in a work of contemporary art – and how such ritual engagement is received by the religious and art communit(ies) today.

Feb
8
Women's Studies in Religion Art-Making and Discussion Group
12:30-2:00pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA

The GTU Women’s Studies in Religion program is hosting a series that will involve art-making and discussion, led by skilled facilitator, Karen Sjoholm. No art experience/skill required. The focus is on finding balance in our busy lives and forming community with other students. All are welcome, regardless of gender identity or expression. Each session will feature a different theme and a different creative project, but the sponsors would like people to commit to both sessions (2/8 and 3/8), ideally. To register, please e-mail wsr@ses.gtu.edu. Registration is limited to 10 participants.

Feb
10
Love's Evangelist: An Exhibition of Broadsheets and Photographs by Sandra Tasca
4-6PM; Blackfriars Gallery, DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA 94708
Please join us for this opening reception in the Blackfriar's Gallery. Learn about the life of St. Catherine of Siena, Catherine Benincasa (1347-1380), through a series of beautifully crafted Broadsheets & photographs inspired by letters St. Catherine wrote in the last 10 years of her life. Meet Sandra and art enthusiasts from the local community while you enjoy this prayerful journey through the streets of Siena, Italy.
Feb
12
Pentecostal Christianity and the New World Order in El Salvador: Borsch-Rast Book Lecture
6:30pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

Join the GTU for our second annual Borsch-Rast Book Lecture featuring alumnus Timothy Wadkins (PhD, '88), professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius College and winner of this year's Borsch-Rast Book Prize. Wadkins will be addressing themes from his award-winning book, The Rise of Pentecostalism in Modern El Salvador: From the Blood of the Martyrs to the Baptism of the Spirit.

Feb
19
Left Coast Ear with Kurt Rohde, Part 1
5pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Acclaimed violist and composer Kurt Rohde plays and discusses new works for solo viola and electronics from Sam Nichols and Richard Chowenhill.

 
Feb
20
Causality in the Human Life: 28th Annual DSPT Aquinas Lecture
7:30pm; Galleria, DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA

This talk will focus on the meaning found in the life narrative. Dr. Mirela Oliva will analyze various forms of causality in the human life, referring to Thomistic scholars such as MacIntyre and Stump, but also to other philosophers such as Gadamer. Dr. Oliva is Associate Professor at the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston.  RSVP Recommended.

Feb
24
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.

Feb
28
Left Coast Ear with Kurt Rohde, Part 2
5pm, GTU Le Conte Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA

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.

Mar
16
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.


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Community Events and Announcements

Feb
8
Black Theologies of Liberation & Racial Justice Conference at USF
9am-5:30pm; McLaren Complex 250, 2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
The Department of Theology & Religious Studies hosts three days of reflections on Black Theologies of Liberation and the future of religious resistance to racial oppression (February 7-9). This meeting brings together leading voices in Black Theology, Catholic and Protestant, as well as conversation partners in adjacent theological fields, and community activists from around the Bay Area.
Feb
9
St. Columba Church African-American Celebration Series: Fr. Bryan Massingale
4pm; St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA

Come to St. Columba Catholic Church for the African-American Celebration Series! Fr. Bryan Massingale from Fordham University will speak at the liturgy on February 9 at 4pm and the liturgies on February 10 at 8am and 10:30am. The 2019 Ujiima and Thea Bowman Awards for service to community and God's Kingdom will be awarded at the 10:30am liturgy.

Feb
13
Lecture: Progress in the Sciences and in the Arts
4:10pm; Alumni House, Toll Room, UC Berkeley

Philip Kitcher, Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will challenge the common view that the sciences make progress, while the arts do not. Scientific progress has social dimensions. A socially embedded notion of scientific progress then allows for a parallel concept of progress applicable to the arts.

Feb
13
The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary
4:30 pm-6:30 pm; 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Robert Alter’s lecture will consider several different challenges to a translator of the bible with illustrations from specific Biblical texts and comments on how the modern English versions have failed to meet these challenges. Alter's lecture is preceded by a roundtable on Bible translation featuring Professors Robert Hass, Ron Hendel, and Jonathan Sheehan.

Feb
13
St. Columba Church African-American Celebration Series: M. Roger Holland Experience Gospel Choir
7pm; St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA

Come to St. Columba Catholic Church for the African-American Celebration Series! The M. Roger Holland Experience Gospel Choir will hold a series of workshops on February 13-15 from 7-9pm and on February 16 from 9:30am-12:15pm (the latter will be followed by lunch in the Parish Hall). The M. Roger Holland Experience Gospel Choir will also host a multi-congregational performance at the liturgy at the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, February 17.

Feb
16
St. Columba Church African-American Celebration Series: Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews
4pm; St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA

Come to St. Columba Catholic Church for the African-American Celebration Series! Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Deputy Director of Faith in Action (formerly PICO California) will speak at the liturgy on February 16 at 4pm and the liturgies on February 10 at 8am and 10:30am. There will also be a multi-congregational performance at the 10:30am Mass with the M. Roger Holland Experience Gospel Choir.

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

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.

Feb
23
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.

Feb
25
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.

Feb
25
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, Berkeley, CA

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.


Job Announcements and More

2019 Daggy Scholarships NEW!!

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 20th, 2019.

CPE Residency 2019-2020

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System and The Children's Hospital of San Antonio are a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) component site of the CHRISTUS Health accredited CPE Program. CHRISTUS Health views Clinical Pastoral Education as theological education that utilizes learning by experience in a clinical setting in the company of peers under the supervision of a qualified teacher/practitioner of the ministry of spiritual care.

August 26, 2019 - September 6, 2020
Application Deadline: Feburary 15, 2019
Global Mission with Maryknoll Lay Missioners

Are you feeling called to serve in global mission?  Mark your calendar to find all the ways you can serve at this upcoming webinars.

 
Feb. 19, 11:00am EST login to zoom.us/j/237898042
 
To learn more about Maryknoll Lay Missioners, email join@mklm.org or call 914-467-8857
Call for Papers

GTU Asia Project Graduate Student Forum

Asia Project at GTU cordially invites our doctoral (Ph. D. or S.T.D.) students who are working on topics or themes relevant to Asian-Pacific contexts to present their projects at the GTU Asia Project Graduate Student Forum on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 12:30-2:00 pm. The deadline for paper proposals is February 20, 2019. For more information, please contact asia-project@ses.gtu.edu.

 

Call for Papers

Roth Prize

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, athayer@lancasterseminary.edu by May 20, 2019.

Marinda Chan preaching at the Lunar New Year Celebration. Photo by Lisa Hui.

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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
jstmagis@scu.edu

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