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Liturgy News
  • Wednesday, May 8: Spanish Mass
Monday, 5/6, 8am Silungwe
Tuesday, 5/7, 8am Seluvannan  5:15pm Fernandez / Racine
Wednesday, 5/8, 8am Nyamayaro  5:15pm Hadley
Thursday, 5/9, 8am Diaz/Spotts  5:15pm Leveil / Laguna
Friday, 5/10, 8am Clerveau  5:15pm Shinseki
Saturday, 5/11, 8:30am Leveil

JST Announcements
  • The search committee has invited a candidate for the position of JST dean to visit both SCU and JST next week to interview.  He will give a presentation to the campus community at the Jesuit School of Theology on Tuesday, May 7, at 9:45 am, in the Manresa Lounge. 
  • On Wednesday, April 24, JST hosted a GTU Memorial Service for those killed in the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka. JST and GTU alumna Filomena Saraswati Giese participated in the service and wrote an account published at this link to the website of the St. Joseph Naik Vaz community. On the same website, you will find information about the Church in Sri Lanka and the mission of the Community of St. Joseph Vaz.

JST Events

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

First Annual Santa Clara Pow Wow
10am - 9pm; Mission Gardens

Come join the SCU Native American Coalition for Change (NACC) for this first-ever Pow Wow at Santa Clara University. This will be a gathering of tribes from across the U.S. to celebrate music, dance, culture and food through ceremony, celebration, and crafts. For more information, please contact Catherine Moore, Pow Wow Chair, at

Film Screening: “Timbuktu”
5:30 - 8:30pm; St. Clare Room, 3rd Floor of Learning Commons

Visually stunning and deeply disquieting, Abderrahamane Sissako’s “Timbuktu” takes us to the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu where citizens suffer and resist under the harsh rule of Islamist djihadists determined to control their faith and their lives. This event features: a reception with refreshments (5:30-6pm); an introduction of the film by Prof. Kevin Elstob of Sacramento State University, Board President of the Sacramento French Film Festival; viewing of the film; and a concluding audience discussion.

Sex Work, Human Rights and Social Determinants of Health
3:30-5:00pm; Sobrato B & C

SCU's Public Health Program welcomes Pike Long, MPH, Deputy Director of St. James Infirmary, a San Francisco organization providing health care and advocacy for sex workers. Questions? Contact Prof Jamie Chang

Challenges of Inclusion at SCU
4 - 5:15pm; Graham Common Room

The documentary, In-Tolerance, by former SCU professor Yahia Mahamdi, examines incidents of intolerance and injustice at SCU over the past decade. We will show excerpts from the film, followed by a discussion featuring faculty members Anna Sampaio and Aldo Billingslea, who are interviewed in the documentary. Refreshments will be served.

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.

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 “Humanitarianism and Mass Migration: Confronting the World Crisis.” 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. 

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.

Pacific Coast Theological Society Spring Meeting: “John B. Cobb, Jr., and His Legacy”
May 3, 1:30-8:30pm, and May 4, 9am-12pm; CDSP, Classroom B, 2451 Ridge Road

John B. Cobb, Jr. (Claremont, Emeritus) will join us for a series of papers concerning his work and broad interests. He will give a public lecture Friday evening at 7:30 in the Tucson Room, and be presented the Patricia Codron Award for Lifetime Achievement. Cobb is a defining figure for Process theology and philosophy, a co-founder of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont, and a provocative voice with interdisciplinary interest in areas such as biology, ethics, economics, and the environment.

Unlearning Social Constructions of Race & Gender: What Hip-Hop Can Teach Us about Trauma and Healing
12:30-2pm; GTU Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Avenue (first floor)

This presentation focuses on understanding how social constructions created to marginalize people based on racialized and gendered categories result in fractured relationships within and among people grouped by these categories.  It will use a critical analysis of HipHop culture to unpack what we have learned about ourselves and others, how we've been traumatized and traumatize others, and how we can begin the process of healing. Presentation will be offered by Dr. Charity Clay, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Crime and Social Justice Program at Xavier University in New Orleans. Lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact Sheryl Johnson at

“Rinconcito” Performance
5 - 7pm; Doug Adams Gallery; 2465 LeConte Avenue

Enjoy a complete performance of Nicolas Benavides' Rinconcito ("Little Corner") for strings and guitar along with a composer Q&A! Benavides will take questions and discuss the work as well as his journey as an emerging composer.

GTU Commencement
4pm; Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Avenue

The 2019 GTU Commencement Exercises will be held on Thursday, May 9, at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary at Zaytuna College. If you cannot attend the ceremony in person, you can watch via livestream. Additional information about the GTU Commencement can be found here

“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

Bay Area Book Festival
May 4-5, 10:00am - 9:15pm, MLK Civic Center Park, Berkeley

The Bay Area is teeming with readers, writers, creators, and thinkers. This literary festival harnesses the power of this community. The Festival is a two-day event complete with literary sessions presenting top authors from this region, the nation, and the world, along with an outdoor fair with hundreds of literary exhibitors. Events for kids and writing contests are also offered.


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.

Job Announcements and More

Job Announcement - NEW!
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
Conference - NEW!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

M.Div. III students power-dress” for comps. Photo by Sarah Ash.

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