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invitation to Mass and Fall BBQ on Sept. 6, 5:15

Mass of the Holy Spirit with JST Welcome Barbecue
Join us as we celebrate the opening of the academic year and welcome new members of our school community.

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Liturgy News
Mass of the Holy Spirit on Friday September 6
Marty Connell, SJ, Rector of the Jesuit Community, will preside and Interim Dean Alison Benders will preach.
Please sign up for liturgical ministries at the following link. (Open link from your account) Note that if you would like to serve as an acolyte but have not done it here before, James Ferus, SJ, will lead a training on Tuesday, September 17 after Soup Supper in the Chapel. If you have any questions about liturgical ministries, please contact Sebastian Budinich,, Liturgy Coordinator.
Presider Schedule Week of September 3-8
Monday, 9/2: Holiday, No Mass 
Tuesday, 9/3: 8:00am Atsikin  5:15pm Endres
Wednesday, 9/4: 8:00am  Zezikà  5:15pm O'Meara
Thursday, 9/5: 8:00am Otto  5:15pm Louis
Friday, 9/6: 8:00am  NO MASS  5:15pm Connell/Benders
Saturday, 9/7: 8:30am Kamanzi

JST Announcements
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, September 6, 5:00pm.
  • Waiver deadline for SCU health insurance: Tuesday, September 10.
  • Our first soup supper will be on Tuesday, September 10, after the 5:15 p.m. Mass.   There is no soup supper on September 3.
  • Save the Date! Tuesday, September 24 at 6:45pm, panel presentation for the new JST faculty book, Doing Theology as If People Mattered: Encounters in Contextual Theology, with former JST President Joe Daoust, SJ. 
  • Please indicate your contact information for the 2019-20 directory on the Photo Directory Authorization Form.  If you do not fill out the form, we will put in your name, school ID photo, degree program and scu email address. If you prefer we use a photo other than your school photo ID, please send a color photo headshot to

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 

University Convocation
4:00pm, Mayer Theater
SCU Mass of the Holy Spirit
12:00pm, Mission Church

Take time to celebrate with the entire campus community in this centuries-old tradition.

Followed by a community lunch. JST will provide transportation for students interested in attending. Please RSVP to Mary Beth Lamb at by Tuesday September 24.

GTU News and Events

Opening Reception: Beyond Words Exhibit
5:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

Beyond Words: Art Inspired by Sacred Texts features contemporary works by Mohamad Hafez, Meg Hitchcock and David Maxim. 

Please join the Center for the Arts & Religion in the Doug Adams gallery for an Opening Reception with live music and refreshments! 

Brown Bag Lunch with Brianna Deutsch
12:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

In our first Brown Bag Lunch of the semester, Jesuit School of Theology MA student Briana Deutsch will discuss her recent work on the Guatemalan Día de los Muertos and Ephemeral Art as Grieving.

Playing the Part: Masks and the Performance of Identity in Iron Age Cyprus
5:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

Dr. Erin Walcek Averett, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University, NE  reevaluates the evidence for masking rituals in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Cyprus through close analysis of archaeological contexts to reconstruct masked performances. Although many of the masks reveal similarities to Levantine examples, the present evidence suggests a dynamic interplay of local and foreign customs between the two regions. The richness of masks on Cyprus underscores the long tradition of masking on the island and allows us to reconstruct partially the social and religious significance of masking ceremonies. 

Art and Discussion Group
12:30pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2635 Le Conte Avenue

The GTU Women’s Studies in Religion program is hosting a series that will involve art-making and discussion, led by skilled facilitator, Karen Sjoholm. Each session will feature a different theme and a different creative project, but we would like people to commit to all sessions, ideally (October 11 and November 8 besides September 13). All are welcome!

GTU Day at Cal Football
1:30pm, Memorial Stadium, 2227 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley,

GTU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to be part of our second annual GTU Day at Cal Football. 

Special GTU Ticket Price: $20/person
To RSVP, please contact: Doug Davidson at by September 6, 2019

CLGS Lavender Lunch
12:10pm, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue

Authenticity in the Art of Hospitality, the first Lavender Lunch of 2019-2020 features Rev. Monica Joy Cross who will speak on living an authentic life as a means to practice the Art of Hospitality. Rev. Cross serves as Pastor at First Christian Church of Oakland and is the author of Authenticity and Imagination in the Face of Oppression.

Words Beyond Words: Poetry Inspired by Sacred Texts
5:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

An evening of poetry and discussion with Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama

The evening will include a reading of select poems responding to the theme of sacred texts, as illustrated in CARe's 2019 Fall exhibition, Beyond Words. Acclaimed poet and pastor Rev. Nate Klug lead a discussion on the ways in which faith relates to poetry and the creative process. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

This event is free and open to the public!

Prayer-tivity: Unleashing the power of your creative process in understanding, experiencing, and practicing prayer
5:30pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2635 Le Conte Avenue

Using a blend of the practical and the fanciful, this workshop will explore methods for using text study, the arts, and our creative selves to enhance the ways in which we understand, experience, and teach prayer. 

This workshop is led by Cantor Sharon Bernstein of Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco. 
ResoNation Concert
7:30pm, Chapel, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue

ResoNation: Sacred Sounds Beyond Borders is a sacred world music festival premiering with a concert featuring  Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (mystical songs from Eastern Europe), Qadim Ensemble with Miriam Peretz (Piyutim from the Eastern Diaspora), Mahsa Vahdat and Atabak Elyasi (original Iranian sounds inspired by the poet Rumi), Parvathy Baul (Baul traditional music influenced by Sahajiya Buddhism, Turkish Sufism and Bengali Hinduism) and Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir (African American roots music). This concert takes place at the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) Chapel, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley. General Audience: $25; Students with ID: $20.

JST is a co-sponsor of this event.

ResoNation: Sacred Sounds Beyond Borders Participatory Workshops
1:00pm, Pacific School of Religion campus

Free community music day for all ages featuring participatory workshops with Kitka, Linda Tillery, Qadim Ensemble with Miriam Peretz, Catherine Braslavsky and the music of Hildegaard von Bingen, and more. ResoNation presents music that celebrates and heals the human spirit, transcends borders, and engages the whole person and wider community.

JST is a co-sponsor of this event.


Community Events and Announcements

Berkeley Student Climate Action
11:00am - 3:00pm. Sproul Plaza, University of California at Berkeley

This September 20-27th, millions of people around the world will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join youth climate strikers on the streets to march and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels, corporate pollution, and environmental destruction.

Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.

Help us change the world.

Shoreline Cleanup Program
9:00am-12:00pm, Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave, Berkeley

This will be a fun and educational opportunity to help protect our shoreline habitat here at the Berkeley Waterfront. The International Shoreline Cleanup is an annual event that takes place all over the word, the cleanup is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission.

Pax Christi Northern California Annual Assembly
9am-3pm; Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA

Marie Dennis will give her keynote address on how various nonviolent approaches can effectively transform conflict, and how the institutional Catholic Church can foster peaceful solutions by adopting active nonviolence as its Gospel-based default approach.

This event is free, but donations are appreciated. Lunch: $10.

Job Announcements and More


Newman Hall, Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way in Berkeley, is now hiring part-time receptionists for shifts of 3-5 hours. For more information, send an email to or call 510-848-7812.

Part-time (Morning) Religion Teacher

École Notre Dame des Victoires (School), at 659 Pine Street in San Francisco, is now hiring a part-time (morning) religion teacher. Please refer to this job posting for more information. The posting lists an August start date that is flexible as the school has yet to hire someone for the position.

Ministry Coordinator

St. Augustine Parish in Oakland is looking for a part-time Ministry Coordinator, offering benefits, a flexible schedule and requiring weekend work. For more information, see Ministry Coordinator, St. Augustine Parish, Oakland, CA.

Director of Christian Education

St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley is looking for a part-time Director of Christian Education. For more information, click here.

Parish Solidarity Initiative Diocesan Coordinator

The Parish Solidarity Initiative (PSI) is a program begun by the Diocese of Oakland in the summer of 2017. For participating parishes, the PSI Coordinator and the diocesan support team will train parish teams in Catholic Social Teaching and provide them spiritual formation, leadership and organizing skills to enable them to engage their fellow parishioners by means of two annual retreats and special training sessions as needed. For more information, please consult the job posting.

Call for Artists: Hindu & Muslim Sacred Geometry

The call for artists for "Drawing the Soul Towards Truth: Muslim and Hindu Sacred Geometry" is now open. This exhibition, in partnership with the Center for the Arts and Religion at the Doug Adams Gallery, brings together Hindu and Muslim artist-practitioners around sacred geometry to explore art, faith, and community in interfaith dialogue. Artists who live in the western USA and have not shown often or before are especially encouraged to submit their work for selection. Submissions will be accepted via email until May 30, 2020. Questions may be submitted to

Calvin Nixon and Justin Claravall, S.J. prepare the Welcoming Prayer service for our new students. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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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