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Featured Event

JST will livestream The Rev. Francis L. Markey Women in Ministry Speaker 2018 as the Tuesday evening presentation after soup supper.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., is regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the present day. She is Professor Emerita of theology at Fordham University and a Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY. Her scholarship addresses all aspects of the Christian faith and the life of the church from the standpoint of feminist, liberationist, and ecological concerns.

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Liturgy News
  • Thursday, Nov. 8, 5:15pm, will be a Liturgy of the Word and Communion Service.
  • If you are a liturgical minister, please sign up on the website for Tuesday liturgies. You can sign up for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday liturgies on the white board outside the sacristy. 
Monday 11/5 8:00am Baghrmwin
Tuesday 11/6 8:00am Murphy 5:15pm Tran
Wednesday 11/7 8:00am Tyrrell 5:15pm Griener
Thursday 11/8 8:00am Seluvannan/Harmon 5:15pm Jewett/Ash
Friday 11/9 8:00am Moro 5:15pm Atsikin
Saturday 11/10 8:30am Shinseki

JST Announcements
  • The Bridge Workshop, Introduction to High School Pedagogy with Shannon Vanderpol, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, has been cancelled.
  • Workshops offered by the Office of Ministerial Formation: Please check out the events below on November 14, a Myers Briggs Workshop, and November 26, a Children’s Liturgy Workshop.
  • Lay Faith Sharing Group: In previous years lay students have formed student led faith sharing groups. Participating students found these groups to be important spaces for prayer and peer support. Interest has been expressed in forming a lay faith sharing group. If you are interested in joining such a group, please contact Mary Beth Lamb at
  • All are welcome to apply for the Camino Ignaciano Pilgrimage & Spring Course SP-2074. Applications and two-page essay are due Monday, November 12. Please see the links to the following:
  • The Revelations: Across Borders Exhibit is ongoing in Manresa Lounge through November 14.
  • La mesa de español invites you to partake in fun Spanish conversation every Tuesday at 12pm 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 

“Your One Wild and Precious Life: Women on the Road of Ministry”
6:30pm; Mission Church, Santa Clara University

The Rev. Francis L. Markey Women in Ministry Speaker 2018

Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., is regarded as one of the most influential theologians of the present day. She is Professor Emerita of theology at Fordham University and a Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood, NY. Her scholarship addresses all aspects of the Christian faith and the life of the church from the standpoint of feminist, liberationist, and ecological concerns.

There is no charge for this event.
Latinx Education Research Center Tiempo Extra
1:00-2:00pm, St. Clare Room

Join us at a panel of Santa Clara University faculty and students revisit the topic of Undocumented Youth, DACA and DREAMers during the Trump administration and explore the post-midterm election implications.

Disinformation and Discernment
4:00pm, St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons, Santa Clara University
A conversation with Renee DiResta, Head of Policy at Data for Democracy, about disinformation on digital platforms and how it influences personal and communal discernment.

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 paper, and doing research from a distance.  

Meditation in the Gallery

Every Thursday, from 2-3pm, join Institute of Buddhist Studies student Quang Le in a mindfulness meditation session in the Doug Adams Gallery (2465 Le Conte Avenue). Quang has taught meditation for eight years, in Vietnam, Thailand, the United States, and Canada. Since 2007, he has been a disciple of the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to increase well-being and reduce stress and anger. This opportunity is available for all GTU students, faculty and staff.

GTU Art-making and Discussion Group
12:30-2pm; GTU Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 LeConte

The GTU Women’s Studies in Religion program is hosting a brand new series that will involve art-making and discussion, led by skilled facilitator, Karen Sjoholm. No art experience/skill whatsoever required. All are welcome, regardless of gender identity or expression.

Book Talk: An Explorer's Guide to Julian of Norwich
12:30-2:00pm, GTU Student Lounge (2465 Le Conte, main floor)

Veronica Mary Rolf, medieval scholar and award winning author of two books on Julian of Norwich, will shed light on her themes, including her mystical theology of the motherhood of God. Bring your lunch!



Holocaust Education Workshop
2-6:30pm, GTU Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

Please join us for a workshop with Dr. Magdalena Gross on teaching the history of the Holocaust through Structured Academic Controversy. This will be followed by an exclusive presentation, Documenting Stories of the Holocaust in Film, in which filmmaker Yoav Potash will screen his newest production.

Dr. Magdalena Gross | 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Yoav Potash | 5:00pm-6:30pm

Sharing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with Other Religions
5-7:00pm, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Join us for a two-night event featuring Erin M. Cline, author of A World on Fire.

Monday, November 12
5:00-7:00 pm
Welcome Reception & Lecture
GTU Dinner Boardroom
Convener: Dr. Anh Tran, SJ
Respondent: Dr. Hung T. Pham, SJ

Follow the Women: Freeing Dialogue
6:30pm, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue

"Follow the Women: Freeing Dialogue" is the title of the GTU's 2018 Distinguished Faculty Lecture. This year's featured speaker will be Dr. Marianne Farina, CSC, professor of philosophy and theology at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. Her lecture will focus on how women’s voices challenge and reinterpret our understanding of interreligious dialogue.

The Person, The Self, The Sciences. George Griener, SJ
7:00pm; GTU Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

Classic Christian Anthropology—creation, the human being in the image of God, sin, death, grace and redemption—was framed in a pre-scientific age. Evolution and neuroscience elicit a radical re-telling of the narrative for a coherent understanding of our place in the cosmos.

George Griener teaches courses in History of Theology (18th and 19th centuries), Karl Rahner's Philosophy of Religion, Theology of Suffering, God of Jesus Christ and Theological Anthropology at JST. 

Third Thursdays at BAMPFA: Dr. Devin Zuber
4:30-5:30pm; BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

On November 15, Dr. Devin Zuber (GTU/CSS Assoc Prof of American Studies, Religion, and Literature) will be responding to the exhibition, “Peter Hujar: Speed of Life.”

St. Thomas and Sartre Walk into a French Café
10:00am; DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley

Please join us for a look at what St. Thomas Aquinas would say to John Paul Sartre about the meaning of our existence and the radical freedom of the human person if they were to sit down to a cup of coffee.


Community Events and Announcements

Black Catholic History Month Celebration
12:30PM; Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St, San Francisco
Come celebrate the beginning of Black Catholic History Month on Saturday, November 3, at Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco. A Gospel Concert will begin at 12:30 PM, followed by mass at 1:00 PM.
For more information, please contact
Day of Remembrance
3:00pm; Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2808 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland

Please join in this service of readings, song, and ritual, which honors those dear to us that we have lost. You are welcome to bring a picture of your loved one to place on the altar during the service. There will be a reflection by Rev. Pamela Kurta of Lake Merritt Methodist Church. Hospitality to follow.

Berkeley Graduate Lectures: Shaping a 21st Century Workforce
4:10pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Ave, UC Berkeley

Jennifer M. Granholm, Former Governor of Michigan, will be offering the Barbara Weinstock Lecture entitled "Shaping a 21st Century Workforce: Is AI Friend or Foe?"

Admission: Free.

Applying Ancient Wisdom to Innovation
6-8:30pm; The Port Workspaces, 344 20th St., Oakland, CA 94612

Hear from a panel of leaders who draw from ancient wisdom in different faith and cultural traditions ranging from Buddhism to Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Indigenous traditions. How does ancestral wisdom from these traditions and our own personal and cultural wisdom from our families and communities inform how we see the world? What genius are we leaving behind on the table by not thinking about this wisdom in designing products, initiatives, businesses, and organizations? How is ancient wisdom relevant to design thinking and prototyping solutions to modern day problems?

Blood of the Martyrs
6:30pm, Ignatian Spiritual Life Center, 1611 Oak Street, San Francisco

This documentary brings to light the historical and political context of the Nov. 16, 1989 murder of the UCA Martyrs. Film, Dinner and Conversation. 

Please RSVP


El Salvador's Martyrs: How their Legacy is Alive Today in Younger Generations
6:30pm, Ignatian Spiritual Life Center, 1611 Oak Street, San Francisco

What does it mean to live in a world of martyrs, specifically while walking in living history and the context of El Salvador? What is their legacy? How are Salvadorans interpreting the canonization of Oscar Romero? What challenges has it brought?

Lecture by Francisco Mena Ugarte, executive director of Christians for Peace in El Salvador.

Job Announcements and More

Summer 2019 Clinical Pastor Education (CPE) Unit


June 3 - August 9, 2019
Application Deadline: December 15, 2018
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.
Archbishop Mitty High School's Religious Studies Department Seeks Social Justice Teacher
Archbishop Mitty High School's Religious Studies Department seeks Social Justice teacher
Term: immediately, to continue through the end of the school year; or, if necessary, 1/7/19 through the end of the school year. Likely permanent, full-time appointment for next year and beyond.
Duties: for this year: 3/5 position, teaching 3 sections of junior-level Social Justice course; likely full-time starting 2019-20.
Witnesses to the Faith: A Catholic Pilgrimage in a Changing China
April 23 - May 2, 2019
Visit sites where Catholics today live out their witness to Christian faith in contemporary society and where their forebears grounded that faith at the price of their lives. For costs and further information, visit the website of the US-China Catholic Association.
Summer Ethical Leadership Fellowship for Graduate Students and New Clergy

FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership taking place in Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz). FASPE Seminary is non-denominational and open to graduate students studying to be religious leaders or scholars (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program). By studying professional ethics at the sites of Nazi actions, our Fellows experience the importance of professional ethics in an immersive, powerful, and personal way.

The Fellowship is fully funded, and we will be awarding the 2019 FASPE Seminary Fellowship to 12 to 18 applicants. 
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program and preparing to serve as religious leaders (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program) OR have received such a degree between May 2017 and January 2019. 

To learn more about FASPE and to apply, please visit: 

Completed applications are due: Monday, December 17.

Short-term Teaching Opportunity at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, CA
January 7 - February 15
This opportunity is a supervised, hands-on "field-ed" type of placement in a supportive, high school teaching environment. This is ideal for 3rd year M.Div. student or other student interested in gaining teaching experience. This opportunity would conclude prior to Comps studying and the hiring process for post-grad positions. 
To apply: Contact Shannon Vanderpool, Chair, Theology Department,
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.
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 documentatin. 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.

GTU President Lehmann and others join in singing "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" as part of the recent interfaith vigil held to honor the victims of the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Albert Honegan.

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Phone: 510-549-5029