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Liturgy News
Monday, 5/13, 8am Kamanzi
Tuesday, 5/14, 8am Masikini  5:15pm Griener
Wednesday, 5/15, 8am Moro  5:15pm Llanera
Thursday, 5/16, 8am Zezika  5:15pm Tran/Lakra
Friday, 5/17, 8am Nsengimana  5:15pm Garcia Pintos
Saturday, 5/18, 8:30am Tang Nguyen

JST Events
Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day
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 

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.

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.

Faith, Politics & the Origins of the Sanctuary Movement in Los Angeles
4 - 5:30pm; Benson Parlors B & C

Mario T. Garcia, Distinguished Professor of Chicano Studies & History, UC Santa Barbara will offer this lecture on the life and legacy of Father Luis Olivares. Fr. Olivares (1934-1993), a Catholic priest and charismatic, faith-driven leader for social justice, emerged as a champion for the sanctuary movement in Los Angeles, CA. He protected hundreds of thousands of persecuted immigrants whose lives were forever changed by civil wars and repressive governments in El Salvador and Nicaragua, and U.S. Latin American foreign policy.

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 the world crisis in mass migration. 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. 

Search for What Matters: Molly McDonald
12 - 1pm; Benson Memorial Center, Williman Room
The Spring 2019 “Search for What Matters” speaker will be Molly McDonald, Chief of Staff to the President of SCU. The “Search for What Matters” speaker series, sponsored by the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum, seeks to provide a space on campus for the discussion of core values and experiences among faculty, staff, students, and alumni. One faculty member, one staff member, and one Jesuit faculty/staff member are invited each year to respond to the question: “What matters to me and why?” Lunch will be served.

GTU News and Events

Survey on Spiritually-Based, Trauma-Informed Yoga

In the advent of current political and social events concerning justice for women who are victims of sexual assault and their rehabilitation, Laura Dunn and Pravina Rodrigues are spearheading a collaborative project on Yoga as Healing for Trauma. To help with this effort, you can participate in their survey or contact Laura and Pravina for an interview.

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 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.

“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.

CLGS Jewish Queeries Series: Jewish Black Queer Identity
7 - 8:30pm; PSR, Badè Museum, 1798 Scenic Avenue

The rise and increasing normalization of White Nationalist ideology and groups underscore the need for solidarity among targeted minority groups. In addition, diversity itself strengthens the Black, Jewish and queer communities, which are themselves often lacking understanding of internal differences and perspectives. Carla Mays will talk about her experience as a Jewish Woman of Color, and her choice to be a member of the San Francisco LGBTQ outreach synagogue. She will provide insight into how the Jewish, Black and LGBTQ communities can confront internal racism, antisemitism and homophobia, and how they can work together for better understanding and mutual support in society at large.

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.

St. Patrick’s Carnival
9:30am - 5pm; 1023 Peralta Street, Oakland

Bilingual Mass begins at 9:30am and the carnival runs from 11:30am to 5pm with multicultural foods, music, and games for children. All proceeds go towards Church expenses. 

Job Announcements and More

Job Announcement
St. Agnes Church in San Francisco is seeking a part-time Coordinator of Children’s Faith Formation. This position requires attendance at events on Sunday mornings and staff meetings on Wednesdays (preferably from 9:30-11:30am), and up to 19 hours of facilitation and administrative work per week. Experience teaching is preferred, and pay is hourly, commensurate with experience. Please click here for the job description. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and two professional references to
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.
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.
The 16th Annual National Black Catholic Men's Conference is being held at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott,  October 10-13, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The overall purpose of the Men’s Conference is to provide a forum for African American males and youth to discern the critical issues and challenges facing them in the community. Secondly, the Conference provides an environment of mentorship and support for those seeking a vocation in priesthood, brotherhood, or the diaconate. Special rates are available for hotel accommodations until Sept. 19.
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.
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.

Jean-François Racine and Memphis Latchison prepare to take off on their eco-friendly transport. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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Phone: 510-549-5029