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Liturgy News
Presider Schedule Week of October 1-6
Monday, October 1, 8:00am Atsikin
Tuesday, October 2, 8:00am Leveil 5:15pm Tyrell
Wednesday, October 3, 8:00am Seluvannan 5:15pm Endres
Thursday, October 4, 8:00am Nsengimana/Simpasa 5:15pm Connell/Chukwu
Friday, October 5, 8:00am Shinseki 5:15 Griener
Saturday, October 6, 8:30am Do

JST Announcements
We are in the process of putting together the JST Photo Directory. Current JST students, please fill out the attached form to let us know your current information and what you would like included. If you don't fill out the form, we will place all your directory information from ecampus (name, address, phone, and e-mail) and your photo from your SCU ID card.

Current JST faculty, staff and students, if you wish to submit a different photo, please send to The photo must be a headshot only, against a plain background. 


Due date: Monday, October 1. So far, about a third of the student body has responded. Thank you so much for those of you who have, and if you haven't, please respond today!

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 

The Ethics of Narrative Inquiry in Medicine
12:00-1:00pm, Wiegand Room, Vari Hall

Dr. Harter engages with the ethics of narrative inquiry as a framework for interventions in medical contexts, including a narrative medicine curriculum for medical students, a documentary series on creativity in healthcare, and a podcast series for a health communication journal.
In association with the DeNardo Lectureship; Co-sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Department of Women's & Gender Studies

A Conversation Between ‘Enemies’ in the Abortion War
7:00PM-8:30pm, St. Clare Room, Harrington Learning Commons

Two national experts -- one pro-choice and one pro-life -- talk about abortion; a possible post-Roe v. Wade world; and their friendship.
Co-sponsored with the SCU Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and St. Thomas More Society SCU Law

The Catholic Church and the Catastrophe of Clergy Sexual Abuse
12-1:30pm; De Saisset Museum, Santa Clara University

A panel discussion with time for audience Q&A about the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. Dean Kevin O'Brien will serve as one of the panelists

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.


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.  

CPE Day @ the GTU
1:30-3:30, Dennison Common Room, CDSP

All those interested in CPE are welcome and encouraged to attend. Representatives from ACPE certified CPE programs throughout the greater Bay Area will be available to share information regarding each ACPE center and the CPE educational process.

For more information, speak with Deborah Ross,

Knowing the Soul of the Stranger: Trans Identity, Religious Community, and Making a Place for God
6:30pm, Pacific School of Religion Chapel

Joy Ladin holds the  David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College of Yeshiva University; she is the first openly transgender professor at an Orthodox Jewish university.

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:


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. Lunch is available from 11:30am to 1:30pm if pre-ordered by October 3. 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.

To pre-order lunch, call by Oct. 3:

  • 510-444-1081 (9:30am-12:30pm)
  • Mary Loggins: 510-532-5003
  • Mary Washington: 510-332-9914

Job Announcements and More

High School Retreat Small Group Leaders Needed
WHAT:  3-day, 2-night Kairos retreat for students from Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland)
WHEN:  Wednesday, October 3 (9:00 a.m.) to Friday, October 5th (5:00 p.m.)
WHERE:  San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville
WHO:  You would join a leadership team of ten adults and twelve seniors, ministering to 54 juniors.
RESPONSIBILITIES:  Co-leading small group discussions, monitoring student behavior during activities, modeling reverence/respect/joy/openness, collaborating with other leaders to respond to student needs as they emerge. 
WHO TO CONTACT IF INTERESTED:  Michael Downs, Retreat Coordinator, Bishop O’Dowd High School., 510-409-3550 
Catholic Theological Society of America Dolores Christie Convention Scholarship

This scholarship covers costs of travel, room and attendance for students going to CTSA.  Deadline for submission: Oct. 1.

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

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.

Call for Papers: Society for Phemenology of Religious Experience

Topical Issue of Open Theology: Phenomenology in Dialogue: Religious Experience, Visuality and the Lifeworld

Submissions due by September 30.

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 15.
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.
President Lehmann speaks
President Lehmann speaks

GTU President Rabbi Lehmann speaks at GTU Diversity Welcoming Reception about the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles ("Sukkot") and the vital necessity of diversity for true peace; September 26. Photo by Albert Honegan.

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Phone: 510-549-5029