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Liturgy News
  • Liturgical ministry:  If you have not previously participated in liturgical ministry for JST liturgy and would like to serve, please contact Sebastian Budinich, M.T.S. student and Liturgy Coordinator, at  We welcome all who would like to serve as lectors, acolytes, Eucharistic ministers, or in any other liturgical ministry.  If you are interested in music ministry, please contact Elise Dubravec, M.Div. Student and Music Coordinator, at

Presider Schedule Week of February 17-22

Monday, 2/17: 8:00am Zezika
Tuesday, 2/18: 8:00am Connell 5:15pm  Hadley
Wednesday, 2/19: 8:00am Osmolovskyy  5:15pm Manuel
Thursday, 2/20: 8:00am Kapyunga  5:15pm  Masikini/Salinas Roca
Friday, 2/21: 8:00am Atsikin 5:15pm Griener
Saturday, 2/22: 8:00am Kunonga

JST Announcements
  • The JST Building will be closed for Presidents' Day on Monday, February 17.
  • JST students may apply for "Student Development Grant" funding to subsidize expenses for participation in a conference or workshop that furthers one's scholarly and/or ministerial formation.  See information and application at this link.  Applications are due Wednesday, March 4.
  • Several offices are looking for student employees at this time: Front Desk, Office of Student Life (administrative assistant and event assistant), and Office of Enrollment Management and Marketing (recruiting and enrollment assistant). Please check out the job descriptions on the website and apply if interested. Check under Student Employment,
  • If you belong to a group that is interested in preparing a vegan soup for Soup Supper, please contact Mary Beth Lamb, There is also a sign-up sheet by the front desk. We have many openings!
  • Each spring, JST has a tradition of hosting a Talent Show for the school community.   We are looking for a team of student leaders who would like to organize this community-building event.  Please contact Paul Kircher at if you are interested in participating on the team.
  • Drew Roberts, JST Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management, will host two listening sessions that seek student feedback regarding enrollment at JST.  Why did you choose JST?  What factors influenced your decision?  What other options were you considering?  What challenges do students face enrolling at JST?  What should JST administration be aware of when considering enrollment planning?
    You are invited to attend one of the following sessions to share your feedback.  If none of the following options works for you, but you would like to provide feedback, please email Drew at and he will identify alternative options. Enrollment Listening Session - 1: Loyola, Thursday, February 20, 3:40-5:00 p.m. - Snacks will be served. Enrollment Listening Session - 2: Loyola, Friday, February 21, 12:40-2:00 p.m - Lunch will be served. Enrollment Listening Session - Zoom, Friday, February 21, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • Feeling blue about the planet? Sign up for JST's Climate Justice Teach-In, From Lament to Hope: Faithful Action for Climate Justice, March 4, 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Chardin House. Register at the front desk or contact John Guyol, Classes are canceled for the day so that everyone can participate.

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day
Mass of the Holy Spirit and Welcome Back BBQ
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

State of the University Address
4:00pm, Louis B. Mayer Theater, SCU

Santa Clara University President, Kevin O’Brien, S.J., delivers his annual address to faculty and staff.

Understanding White Fragility
3:30-5:15pm, Charney 102/103, SCU

Talk by bestselling author Robin DiAngelo on her book, White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

3:30 PM: Author talk and Q&A (Charney 102/103)
5:15 PM: Reception and booksigning (Charney Atrium)
Light refreshments served

Registration for this event is closed.

Identity, Politics, and Justice
Feb. 21, 9:00am - Feb. 22, 5:00pm, Williman Room, Benson Center

Panel Topics: Intersectionality and Politics; #Activism: BlackLivesMatter, Me Too, SayHerName; Immigration and the Border. To register, contact Janis Davis, This event is free.

Empowering Indigenous Peoples, Transforming University Teaching and Research
6:30-7:30pm, Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center

Universities have long had rocky relationships with Indigenous peoples everywhere. Much current guidance on how to change these relationships is ultimately self-serving for the goals of universities. Such guidance sacrifices Indigenous peoples’ goals of building their own research and educational institutions and achieving their own self-determination. This presentation by Kyle Powys Whyte, the 2020 Austin J. Fagothey Visiting Chair in Philosophy, offers improved models for how Indigenous peoples and universities can collaborate, with a focus on partnerships on topics like environmental justice, climate change planning, and sustainability. Sponsored by SCU’s Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative and the Department of Anthropology.

Code and Creation: Studies of Human Myths + Machine Morality + Computers
6:00pm, St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons

Join the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for a lecture by Dr. Ahmed Amer, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and a 2019-2020 Bannan Faculty Fellow. This talk may include useful lies, deceptive truths, and programming language advice for Pharaohs. Amidst increasing awareness of technology's impact on our societies, there is a growing view that engineers need to be more conscious of the ethical implications of the technologies they create. This view is compelling and true, but also a total myth.

Join us for a somewhat satirical, slightly technical, and wholly optimistic conversation, where we discuss how this apparent contradiction can be entangled with just a little effort to understand an easily overlooked aspect of computer systems. We will also see how such an effort can help build bridges across other gulfs, be they interfaith dialogues or the reconciliation of science and religion.

GTU News and Events

GTU Library Workshops

The GTU Library hosts workshops throughout the semester on Zotero (a free citation management program), Biblical exegesis, finding primary resources, and doing library research from a distance. Click here for the schedule.

God After Metaphysics: Heidegger, Aquinas, and the Future of Natural Theology
7:30pm, Galleria, DSPT

The 20th Century was filled with declarations of the “end of metaphysics.”  But what possibilities remain for the philosophy of religion if we must approach God apart from any consideration of being?  Looking at the work of philosophers in the continental tradition such as Heidegger, John Caputo, Richard Kearney, and Jean-Luc Marion, Fr. Justin Charles Gable will explain why Aquinas’s natural theology not only remains a viable enterprise but is still one of the most intellectually satisfying accounts of God.

Affordable Housing for Trans Elders
4:30pm, BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street

Every Third Thursday of the month, gather in the lobby of the Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive to receive complimentary museum admission and to hear a short talk on a current exhibition or piece of art by GTU faculty, students, and friends.

February's talk is given by Rev. Monica Joy Cross (Pacific School of Religion), Pastor at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, and a Transgender Activist, Educator and Writer. Rev. Cross will be responding to Edie Fake's "Affordable Housing for Trans Elders", the latest piece to be commissioned for the BAMPFA Art Wall.

Chapel Singers and Bel Canto Concert
4:30pm Scott Hall, 6:00pm Stewart Chapel, SFTS, 105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo

The University of Redlands Marin Campus is thrilled to welcome the Redlands-based Chapel Singers and Bel Canto for their inaugural concert. This promises to be a wonderful evening celebrating choral music from around the world, with works by Whitacre, Elberdin, Uusberg, Esenvalds, Gimon, and many more.

You are invited to join us for a special reception where you will have the opportunity to meet current students, faculty, and alumni while experiencing a private performance from members of the choir.

Your $10 ticket includes the performance and reception. 

Reception 4:30 p.m. | Scott Hall

Concert 6:00 p.m. | Stewart Chapel

"Better Things for Shattered United Methodists" with Bishop Roy Sano

Bishop Roy Sano, 2019-2020 Bishop in Residence at Pacific School of Religion, served on the PSR faculty from 1975 to 1984, teaching courses in Pacific and Asian American Theologies and Ministries; United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity; and Baptism and the Eucharist. 

Welcome Reception for PAOI Director
4:00-6:00pm, PAOI, 2309 Hearst Avenue

The entire GTU community is invited to a welcome reception for the new Director at the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI), Metropolitan Tarasios Anton. 

Hindu-Islamic Mysticism in Three Pioneers in Indian Neo-Tantric Art
5:00-7:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 LeConte Avenue

Dr. Debashish Banerji, Haridas Chaudhuri Professor of Indian Philosophies and Cultures and Doshi Professor of Asian Art at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), will consider three pioneers of this first phase of modernist Indian Tantric painting, S. R. Raza, G. R. Santosh, and Sohan Qadri. 


Community Events and Announcements

Peterborough Cathedral Choir in Concert
5:00pm, 2300 Bancroft Way, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Berkeley

A concert of stunning music presented under the direction of Tansy Castledine. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be received.

LifeSHIFT: Work and the Christian Journey with Dr. Thomas Bachhuber and Jim Briggs
2/28, 6:00pm - 3/1, 1:00pm. San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville

This retreat is an opportunity to reflect on your life and your faith, exploring avenues for new opportunities. You will engage practical career transition content, poetry, and prayer which will allow you to begin clarifying vocational needs and goals. 

Weaponizing Narratives: Why America Wants Gun Control But Doesn't Have It
4:10pm, Chevron Auditorium, International House, 2299 Piedmont, UC Berkeley

If having a gun really made you safer, then America would be one of the safest countries in the world. It’s not. Yet while Americans consistently favor more gun control, gun laws have generally become more lax. That is partly due to the material resources of the gun lobby. But it is also about the central role of the gun, what it represents in the American narrative, and the inability of gun control advocates to develop a counter-narrative. Gary Younge, until recently the editor-at-large of The Guardian, and starting as Professor of Sociology at Manchester University, will present as part of UC Berkeley’s commemorative events spotlighting African American history after the passage of the 400 Years of African American History Commission Act.

To learn more about UC Berkley’s initiative, visit

Considering Matthew Shepard, Cantata by Craig Hella Johnson, performed by Cantare Con Vivo
7:30pm; Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington

Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming teenager who became a national figure after he was beaten and left for dead for being gay in 1998, has inspired plays, documentaries and books. He is the subject of this newly written 95-minute extended work that explores his life, death and legacy. Composer Craig Hella Johnson, Director of Austin choir Conspirare and former Director of San Francisco’s own Chanticleer, features lyrics taken from Shepard’s writing as well as dark passages about the group that picketed his funeral. “The piece actually became a whole lot more than just the story of the suffering,” Johnson said. “It needed to become this larger invitation to return to love. And to return to remember who we are as human beings, in the deepest sense of our essence." Tickets are $10 for students; $35 general admission. There will also be performances at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church on February 29 and at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland on March 1.

Body Wisdom and Climate Emergency: An Interplay and Mindfulness Training
May 8, 7:00pm - May 10, 4pm, InterPlayce, 2273 Telegraph, Oakland

Presenters: Kaira Jewel Lingo and Cynthia Winton-Henry

This weekend training invites you to meet the challenge we face with our rapidly changing climate and to learn ways to bring key healing wisdom to others. To do this we will readopt our ancient birthright practices of movement, song, storytelling, and being together in nature in the service of releasing climate grief, befriending eco-anxiety and developing effective responses that encourage collective transformation.

This training is for anyone, including activists, community and spiritual leaders, youth, helping professionals, and changemakers. Since climate justice is inextricably connected with racial and economic justice we have set an intention to have 50 percent of the group be Black/Indigenous/People of Color.  Sliding Scale. Apply by April 1.

Job Announcements and More

Call for Participants -- Reading the Signs of the Times: A Dialogue on Women, Catholicism, and Social Justice -- NEW!!

This program will create partnerships between young women and Catholic sisters who commit to an open dialogue about Catholicism and social justice. These dialogues will be made public on the project's blog, with the hope to grow into a national and, eventually, international exchange of voices on women and Catholic social thought. Participants will meet three times for focused discussion over dinner on the following dates: 5:30-7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 2020, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 and Tuesday, April 14, 2020. To apply, submit a 150 word statement on why you want to participate in this dialogue and what you hope to gain from the experience. Email responses to by February 24, 2020. This event will occur at the Lane Center at the University of San Francisco. For more information, click here.

Commonweal Internship Summer 2020 -- NEW!!
Each semester, Commonweal offers internships to up-and-coming young writers, journalists, theologians, marketers, and critics. They are currently welcoming applications for the summer of 2020.

Interns have the opportunity to explore Commonweal’s editorial, marketing, development, and digital work, depending on interest and background. Responsibilities include: 
  • Writing original content for Commonweal's website or print magazine
  • Assisting with website curation and research, including art and archival collection
  • Preparing content for publication using an online content management system (CMS).
  • Assisting in editorial planning and production of The Commonweal Podcast.
  • Creating and planning content for social media.
Start and end dates are flexible, with modest stipends offered to help defray living and commuting expenses. Summer interns must be available full time.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and at least two samples of original writing to

For more information, see the website at: Applications are due March 31.

Ignatius Q: At the Crossroads: Staying the Course for a Love that is Whole

IgnatianQ is a queer conference hosted at a different Jesuit university every year that focuses on queerness existing in congruence with religious identities and spaces, not in spite of those spaces, this year hosted by Regis University in Denver, CO, March 20-22. 

The theme for this conference is "At the Crossroads: Staying the Course for a Love that is Whole." There are four pillars associated with this theme: A Love that is Whole, Intersectionality, Change Making, and Institutional Discernment. Featuring a host of speakers, including Father James Allison, as well as breakout sessions and opportunities to explore our own identities, look at what we can do in our communities, and enjoy the space and time with one another for a weekend, we invite you to join us that weekend. This conference is open to students who identify along the queer spectrum, allies, and faculty, staff and/or administrators.

For more information, see Ignatian Q Conference. Deadline to regster is February 21.

Scholarships for Catholic Studies (UK)

Applications are open for Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries with the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University UK for the 2020-2021 school year. This year, there are two (2) Louis Lafosse Bicentenary PhD Scholarships, both three-year awards including full-fees (at UK/Home level), plus a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rate (£15,009 in 2019-20). The deadline for applications for the Louis Lafosse Bicentenary Scholarships is Sunday, February 23, 2020. All other applications are open until May 24, 2020. Full details including eligibility criteria, and an application form are available at

Catholic Health Initiative CPE Internships, Summer 2020

The summer intensive internship is an eleven week, full-time program that is primarily designed for graduate theological students and seminarians preparing for ordained ministry conducted at CHI Health McAuley Fogelstrom Center, Omaha, NE.

2020 Internship Dates: June 1 - August 14, 2020 

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2020.

For more information about the program, see Summer Internships. To apply, see application.

Louisville Institute Fellowships

The Louisville Institute offers fellowships for doctoral study and dissertation work. The Doctoral Fellowship (DOC) program encourages current Ph.D./Th.D. students to consider theological education as their vocation. The Institute awards up to ten two-year Doctoral Fellowships of $2,000 per year. In addition, Fellows constitute a peer learning cohort that meets six times over a two year period. Apply by March 1, 2020.

For more information and to apply, see the Louisville Institute site.

CHA Theology and Ethics Colloquium, "Ethics Beyond the Bedside"

CHA's Theology and Ethics Colloquium, "Ethics Beyond the Bedside", will examine ethical implications for Catholic health care around critical issues in society, technology, national media and the Church. This year, the annual, invitation-only event for ethicists will take place March 11-13, 2020 at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel in St. Louis. Please visit their webpage for more details. Please see the entry entitled "CHA Colloquium Scholarship" that follows below for information on a scholarship opportunity to assist with attendance costs. 

Call for Papers

The March 2020 issue of Asian Horizons (of the Dharmaram Journal of Theology) invites articles on "Synodal Church." Though synodality is not a new concept in itself, Pope Francis’ vision of synodality has given it new levels of meaning and new vitality for the life and mission of the Church. Church leaders and theologians have developed further Pope’s vision of synodality, but this vision and its practical implications are to be developed further. Please send your articles (4500-5000 words, including the footnotes) by March 20, 2020. Kindly include the abstract of the article in 150-200 words, 5-7 keywords and a summary of the CV of the author in 100-150 words. For submitting the articles and for more details, please contact Shaji George Kochuthara, editor-in-chief, at

Asian Horizons is a forum for theological reflection in the Asian context marked by economic poverty, cultural diversity and religious plurality. Although the focus is on theological reflection in the context of Asia, the journal also addresses theological developments and concerns of the universal Church and endeavors to dialogue with the Church in various contexts. 

Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship for Women Discerning Priestly Vocation

Scholarship applications are open to women and non-binary persons enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate or graduate studies program. To be eligible the candidate must be enrolled or participate in at least one class or significant volunteer ministry of comparable scope that they believe would forward the discernment of their call to a life in ordained ministry.  This scholarship is primarily directed to women and non-binary people who wish to be ordained Catholic Priests (including Ecumenical Catholic and Roman Catholic Women Priests). Secondarily it is open to those who are seeking priestly ordination in other denominations. For more information, click here.  To apply, click here.

Applications are accepted until April 29, 2020 and awardees will be notified in June 2020.  

Call for Papers, Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience

The Conference on Religious Experience and the Crisis of Secular Reason, September 16-18, 2020 at the University of Vienna, is looking for abstracts. Please submit papers of no more than 600 words, formatted for anonymous review, to before May 30, 2020. You can also enclose a full paper; submissions with ready papers will be given a priority. Enclose your biographic information in the body of email. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by June 15, 2020. For more information, click here.

Silvana Arevalo, Dayne Malcolm and Joel Thompson at the Lunar New Year Celebration
Silvana Arevalo, Dayne Malcolm and Joel Thompson at the Lunar New Year Celebration

Silvana Arevalo, Dayne Malcolm and Joel Thompson celebrate the Lunar New Year, February 7. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb. 

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