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Please join us in Loyola as we livestream this SCU panel presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 9, noon-1:30.

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Liturgy News
Wednesday, 10/10 Spanish Mass
Thursday, 10/11 Communion Service

Presider Schedule Week of October 8-13

Monday, 10/8 8:00am Baghrmwin
Tuesday 10/9 8:00am Diaz Diaz 5:15pm Hung Pham
Wednesday 10/10 8:00am Moro 5:15pm Agliardo
Thursday 10/11 8:00am Tanner/Lakra 5:15 Reilly/Holcombe
Friday 10/12 8:00am Clerveau 5:15 Tran
Saturday 10/13 8:30am  Tang Nguyen

JST Announcements
On Wednesday, October 10, at approximately 1:50 p.m., we will conduct an evacuation drill of the main academic building. The fire alarm will sound, at which time everyone should calmly exit the building and move to the assembly area in front of Shalom House, 1756 LeRoy Avenue, across the street from the JST academic building. Do not attempt to re-enter the building until the all clear signal is given.

JST Events

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

From Cold War to Hot Peace
12:00-1:30pm, Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center

Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul speaks about his new book and Trump, Putin, and US-Russia relations.
Co-sponsored by the Santa Clara University Alumni Association and the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley 

SCU Campus Climate Survey: How do we move forward?
6-8pm; OML 832 Market St, Santa Clara

Join us for continuing conversations about identity and inclusion.

Tech in the Service of Displaced People
12:00pm; Mission Room, Benson Memorial Center, SCU
A panel discussion exploring how technological innovation, including blockchain and mobile devices, can help migrants, internally displaced people, and refugees navigate the obstacles they face on a daily basis. Lunch will be provided.


“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.

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
2-3pm, Doug Adams Gallery (2465 Le Conte Avenue)

Every Thursday, from 2-3pm, join Institute of Buddhist Studies student Quang Le in a mindfulness meditation session. 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.


Where To From Here? A Private Event
DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA 94708, 10:00AM-3:00PM

You are cordially invited to join us for an insightful conversation with DSPT Alumni and Fellows on how MA degrees in Philosophy and Theology can be relevant to a range of disciplines in the world today. This event is designed to help students discern their path after graduation and will illuminate the kind of work our graduates pursue after DSPT. This program specifically targets disciplines that are of interest to students graduating with MA Philosophy and MA Theology degrees.

In order to plan both lunch and breakout sessions, please RSVP on our website at:

Asia Project Fall 2018 Student Forum
12:30-2:00, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

The Asia Project at the GTU cordially invites the GTU community to its sixth Semi-Annual Student Colloquium. There will be thought-provoking presentations by GTU students Mariska Lauterboom and Hanna Kang, a formal response, and a Q & A session on topics relevant to Asian-Pacific contexts. Lunch (delicious Asian cuisine!) is included.

*Please RSVP to by Thursday, October 11.

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

Dr. Rossitza Schroeder, Associate Professor of Art and Religion (CARe/PSR), will discuss the exhibition “Old Masters in a New Light: Rediscovering the European Collection.”

To receive your complimentary ticket to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, a CARe staff member will meet you in the BAMPFA lobby to check in and distribute visitor passes.

Understanding Generational Differences: Values and Views
6:30pm, American Baptist Seminary of the West, Claiborne M. Hill Chapel

Stakeholders in higher education today represent five generations. As we consider the valuable legacy of our schools and seek to develop students poised to thrive in our world today, we must understand the cultural trends and generational values that intersect, and often collide, on our campuses. This session will present important perspectives and strategies needed to navigate these trends.

St. Thomas and the Brain in the Vat: Aquinas on the Mind, the Brain, and the Human Person
10:00am, DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley

Please join us for a look at what St. Thomas Aquinas would say about the Brain in a Vat argument, a scenario used in a variety of thought experiments intended to draw out certain features of human conceptions of knowledge, reality, truth, mind, consciousness and meaning. 

This presentation is designed to appeal to a wide audience of interested students, religious and the broader community.  It can be both an accessible introduction to St. Thomas and an enjoyable application for those already invested in his teachings to bring them into conversation with contemporary thought.


Community Events and Announcements

St. Patrick's Church Fall Fish Fry
4:30-8:30, Father Howard Community Center, 1640 10th Street, Oakland

St. Patrick’s Church is holding a Fish Fry on Friday, October 5, 2018. There also be music and dancing. Dinner will be served from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. Dinner includes: catfish or tilapia, potato salad, green beans, bread, and dessert. The price is $18 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 10.


A Granddaughter Remembers Dorothy Day: A Presentation by Kate Hennessy
October 14, 3:00pm, Menlo Park Civic Center, 700 Alma St, Menlo Park

Kate Hennessy’s memoir about her notable grandmother is titled: Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty. Published in 2017, Kate Hennessy’s book illuminates in intimate detail the life and work of Dorothy Day (1897-1980)—the iconic, celebrated, and controversial Catholic whom Pope Francis called a “great American” before Congress in 2015. Her cause for canonization is in process. 

Sponsored by the Thomas Merton Center of Palo Alto.

Admission: Free. Reservations not requied. Donations gratefully accepted.

Job Announcements and More

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,
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.

Call for Editors

Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology

Positions available for editorial staff, including Copy Editor and the Peer-Review Board of Department Editors for Sacred Texts, Theology and Ethics, and Religion in Practice/Practical Theology. Apply by contacting the managing editor,, and list your disciplines or subjects of expertise. Based on this, the editorial staff will send you relevant submissions for peer-review.  Current doctoral students, doctoral alumni and friends of the GTU (scholars who may be faculty in the GTU or at other institutions) are invited to apply for these positions.

Call For Papers
2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, American Academy of Religion, Western Region
Arizona State University, March 2-3, 2019
2019 Annual Conference Theme: Religion and Resistance
Sections on Catholic Studies, Education and Pedagogy, Indigenous Religions, Pagan Studies, Philosophy of Religion, Womanist/Pan-African, and Resisting Climate Dystopia with Spiritual Activism are chaired by GTU, JST and SCU students and faculty. Please consider sending in a proposal.
Deadline for proposals has been extended to October 14.
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.

JST Women Students' Tea with Board Member Kathy Enright; October 4. Photo by Albert Honegan.

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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