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Liturgy News

Presider Schedule Week of March 9-14

Monday, 3/9: 8:00am Osmolovskyy
Tuesday, 3/10: 8:00am Kapyunga 5:15pm  Kesicki
Wednesday, 3/11: 8:00am Kamanzi  5:15pm Manuel
Thursday, 3/12: 8:00am Kunonga 5:15pm  Tyrrell/Goh
Friday, 3/13: 8:00am Musoni 5:15pm Griener
Saturday, 3/14: 8:00am Gansa

JST Announcements
  • This week, we welcome Tim Kesicki, SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, JST-SCU Board member, and religious superior of JST-SCU.  Tim will preside and preach at the 5:15 p.m. Mass this Tuesday, March 10.
  • A Teaching in Bay Area Catholic High Schools workshop will be facilitated by Shannon Vanderpol of St. Ignatius Prep., on Saturday, April 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at JST. This workshop is geared towards JST lay students from any/all degree programs who are considering or aspiring to teach. Though the workshop is geared towards Catholic High Schools, skills and topics covered are applicable to other ministries. Please register by Monday, March 30 with Mary Beth Lamb,
  • A hearty thank you to all who participated in and led the Climate Justice Teach-In. What an awesome turnout! Stay tuned for how you can help as JST looks to its future! If you are interested in serving on the Climate Justice Committee, please contact George Griener,

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

“Evolution, Posthumanism and the New Catholicity”
7:00pm, Mission Church

5th Francis L. Markey “Women in Ministry” Speaker Series Event 
Featured Speaker: Ilia Delio, OSF, Ph.D.

“Lurking beneath our fragmented, binary and conflicted world is a power of divine love that is restless, dynamic and future and oriented. I will discuss the way nature struggles through to more life, the significance of the Christ event as the symbol of new life and the rise of AI-posthuman life as the next level of human personhood drawn toward a future fullness in God.”

Faith, Politics and the 2020 Election
6:00pm, St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons

Join the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for a discussion on faith and politics in the context of the 2020 election.  This event will feature Professor Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University and Professor Julie Rubio, Social Ethics, Jesuit School of Theology, and 2019-2020 Bannan Faculty Fellow.

The Water Project
4/3 and 4/4, 8:00pm, 4/5, 2:00pm, Meyer Theater, SCU

The Water Project is a multi-media performance work scheduled for premiere at Santa Clara University on April 3, 4 and 5, 2020. Reaching across disciplines, the collaborative creative team is composed of faculty members from the Music, Art & Art History, Theatre and Dance departments as well as consulting faculty from the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department Environmental Studies and Science. Additionally, we are creating a network of partnering community organizations to turn environmental inspiration into climate change action.

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.

What if We are Not Alone? Considering the Significance of Non-intelligent Alien Life for Constructive Christian Theology
1:00pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Annual Russell Family Research Fellowship Conference in Religion and Science

Adam Pryor, Assistant Professor of Religion, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas

Respondents: Braden Molhoek, Hyung-Joo Lee, Jamie Fowler and Ted Peters

Building on his forthcoming work Living with Tiny Aliens, Dr. Pryor will consider how astrobiological research can influence three concepts widely used within the Christian theological tradition: the image of God, sin, and vocation. He will consider the significance and challenges of understanding these doctrines in light of an astrobiological and ecological sense of 'planetarity.' Finally, he will consider how reframing these theological concepts at a planetary scale has consequences for imagining the ethical actions of individual religious persons. Registration required.

"Latinx and LGBTQ: Challenges to Belonging in Mainline Churches" with Rev. Carla Roland Guzman
12:10pm, 1798 Scenic Avenue

In this Lavender Lunch Carla Roland will discuss the findings of the first part of their research project on belonging for Latinx LGBTQ+ persons in the Episcopal Church and the various challenges faced by these communities.  In particular, they explore how folks feel about welcome, inclusion, appreciation, and belonging, and how this is a multivalent challenge that involves gender identity/expression, sexuality, and race/ethnicity. | Co-Sponsor: Church Divinity School of the Pacific | Come join the discussion!

Book of Kells and the Importance of Artistic Fascimile Sources
4:00pm, Classroom 1, DSPT

Presented by Dr. Kathryn Barush, Thomas E. Bertelsen Jr. Associate Professor of Art History and Religion

A fine facsimile copy of the Book of Kells was recently donated to Blackfriars Gallery. Dr. Barush will offer a brief introduction to this text and the importance of facsimile reproductions of primary texts for academic research. A ninth-century illuminated manuscript, Book of Kells contains the four Gospels together with various prefatory texts and tables. After the presentation, visitors will be provided an opportunity to browse the collection in Blackfriars Library dedicated to religion and the arts. 

Jews Out of the Question: A Critique of Anti-Anti-Semitism
6:30pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Please join us for a lecture with Dr. Elad Lapidot of the University of Bern, Switzerland. There will be a reception with light refreshments at 6:30pm, followed by the lecture at 7pm.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley and the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the GTU.

HIV/AIDS Ministry: Past and Present
5:00-7:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 LeConte Avenue

Join CARe for a panel discussion presented in conjunction with our Spring 2019 exhibition, AFTER/LIFE, which features the work of Ed Aulerich-Sugai and Mark Mitchell. Both of these innovative and inspiring artists were affected by HIV/AIDS, leading to Ed's death in 1994.

Contemplative Lenten Retreat with Susan Philips, Ph.D.
9:00am- 1:00pm, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

Pause and pay attention to God’s great love and truth, as expressed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Join us for a morning of prayer, reflection, and readying ourselves to continue our great pilgrimage with Christ. Cosponsored with First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.

Storytelling and the Making of Jewish Culture
9:00am-7:00pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Storytelling is a primary engine of culture. An inherently interpersonal practice, stories describe and disrupt, educate and enrapture, galvanize and tranquilize. This conference brings together leading scholars to reflect on how storytelling has generated and transformed Jewish culture from ancient through contemporary times. Join us for this daylong event in which speakers will reflect on the subject of storytelling as a mechanism of cultural production and disruption in Jewish life.

This event is free and open to the public.

With Liberty and Justice For All with Dr. William Barber II
6:30pm, Chapel, ABSW

Join American Baptist Seminary of the West and the GTU for "With Liberty and Justice for All: Preparing Moral leaders for Action," a lecture by Rev. Dr. William Barber II. This event is part of the GTU's Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Peace Initiative.

For seating purposes, please RSVP by Friday, March 13, to Carolyn Matthew at 510-841-1905 or

"Divine Violence in the Christian Bible" with John Dominic Crossan
7:00pm, Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte; reception at PSR Bade Museum

This free lecture is the opening session for the 35th anniversary of the Jesus seminar, whose inaugural meeting was held at PSR in 1985. Premier historical Jesus scholar, John Dominic Crossan is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago.

Third Thursdays at BAMPFA with Rev. Gideon M. M'Imwonyo-Mbui
4:30-5:30pm, BAMPFA, 2151 Center Street

Every Third Thursday of the month, gather in the lobby of BAMPFA to receive complimentary museum admission and to hear a short talk on a current exhibition given by a member of the GTU community. Our March talk is given by Rev. Gideon M. M'Imwonyo-Mbui (GTU PhD student, Theology and Ethics), on the exhibition Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective

Rosie Lee Tompkins (1936–2006) is widely considered one of the most brilliant and inventive quiltmakers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Her reputation has grown to the point where her work is no longer considered solely within the context of quilting, but celebrated among the great American artistic achievements of our time. Rosie Lee Tompkins: A Retrospective is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to date, featuring approximately seventy quilts, pieced tops, embroideries, assemblages, and decorated objects. It reveals Tompkins to be an artist of extraordinary variety, depth, and impact. 

Third Annual Borsch-Rast Book Lecture with Dr. Virgina Burrus
6:30pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Dr. Virginia Burrus will present on themes from her award-winning book, Ancient Christian Ecopoetics: Cosmologies, Saints, Things at the GTU’s Third Annual Borsch-Rast Book Lecture. A response will be offered by fellow GTU alum Douglas Christie (PhD, ’88), Professor and Chair of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Q & A from the audience and a reception will follow the lecture. Please join us.

Book Launch: An Introduction to Jain Philosophy: Based on Writings and Discourses by Acharya Sushil Kamar, by Parveen Jain
11:30-3:30, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

The Jain tradition teaches that there is an interdependence of perception, knowledge, and conduct unified by an axiomatic principle of non-violence in thought, speech, and action. In this way, non-violence defines the core of the Jain tradition, which has had a profound effect on other dharmic traditions originating in India. This book enables the reader to enjoy a comprehensive journey into the intricate world of Jain thought and culture in a way that is philosophical in its compelling rationality, deeply spiritual in its revelations, yet accessible in its language.

Respondents: Jeffrey Long, Christopher Miller and Cogen Bohanec

Light vegan lunch will be served.

‘Shield, help, & bring to joy': Pilgrimage through Sacred Song
7:00pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

This lecture explores the healing, protective, and mnemonic capacity of music as used in the context of religious pilgrimage.  In the 12th century, Godric, known as ‘the Hermit saint of Finchale’, gave up his life as a merchant seaman to embark on a lengthy pilgrimage.  He eventually settled in Durham, England, where he befriended wild animals and lived an ascetic and contemplative life.  He had mystical visions that prophesized the murder of Thomas Becket, to whom he served as an advisor.  At another time, the Virgin Mary gave Godric a hymn to be used when healing or protection was sought. The music was recorded on paper and bound into manuscripts at points where his vision is recounted.  

Recently, Guy Hayward and Will Parsons, who co-founded the British Pilgrimage Trust in 2014, have been traveling with Godric’s Marian hymn and others, singing the songs in community as part of interreligious ritual praxis.  Art historical and ethnographic methods are employed in order to posit a trans-temporal approach to Victor and Edith Turner’s idea of communitas-through-culture, which serves to highlight the integral role of music in translating the pilgrimages of the past into the present.  Music, she argues, can be understood as ‘Canterbury water’ for the 21st century.

GTU PhD students Stefan Andre Waligur and Rev. Gideon M. M'Imwonyo-Mbui along with JST staff members Paul Kircher and Mary Beth Lamb will lead the community in chanting the oldest English-language hymn as part of the evening's festivities.

The event will also be livestreamed on the GTU's YouTube page.


Community Events and Announcements

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.

Speaking Science to Power: Advising U.S. Presidents about Science and Environment
4:10pm, International House Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

John Holdren, professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard, will lecture. This lecture draws heavily on Dr. Holdren’s career-long engagement with environmental policy and science policy, culminating in his roles in the White House under Presidents Clinton (as a member of his Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) and Obama (as the longest-serving Science Advisor to the President since the inception of the position). He explains why presidents need science advice; what the President’s Science Advisor, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology do and how they relate to other actors inside and outside government; and the challenges, opportunities, successes, and failures that have characterized efforts in these domains under Presidents Clinton through Trump.

Rapid Climate Change is Transforming the Arctic: Why Everybody Should Care
4:10, International House Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

John Holdren, professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard, will focus on the Arctic and its warming two to four times faster than the global average, transforming landscapes, the Arctic Ocean, and Arctic ecosystems. One of the biggest impacts may be those that affect us all: melting Arctic land ice contributing to global sea-level rise and greenhouse-gas emissions from thawing permafrost accelerating temperature increases worldwide.

Flannery: The Storied Life of the Writer from Georgia; film screening and panel discussion
6:00-9:00pm, G56 Classroom, Harney Science Center, USF, San Francisco

Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine Family / Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. With her family home at Andalusia (the Georgia farm where she grew up and later wrote her best known work) as a backdrop, a picture of the woman behind her sharply aware, starkly redemptive style comes into focus. Including conversations with those who knew her and those inspired by her (Alice Walker, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary Karr, Conan O’Brien and more), Flannery employs never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered personal letters and her own published words (read by Mary Steenburgen) alongside original animations and music to elevate the life and legacy of an American literary icon. Learn more about the film at:

Panelists include Mark Bosco, SJ and Elizabeth Coffman (co-directors of the film) along with Richard Rodriguez, author featured in the documentary. Kimberly Connor will moderate.

Foot Massage Workshop: The Art of Anointing
9:30am-4:30pm, 240 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 206, San Francisco

Learn a simple and effective 20-minute foot massage sequence in preparation for Holy Thursday massage session in the Tenderloin neighborhood, 11am - 3:00pm, April 9.

Workshop Cost Sliding Scale $75-$100 (Scholarships Available)

To register, call (415) 344-0302 or email

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

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. 

Graduate Summer Institute on the Catholic Imagination

The Graduate Summer Institute (GSI) provides an opportunity for current graduate students to broaden and deepen their engagement with the Catholic imagination, specifically in the spheres of theology, poetry, literature and film. This ten day program combines master classes and seminars with scholarly research, relaxed time for community collaboration and reflection, and a series of interesting excursions--all in the setting of one of the country's most bustling campuses and cities.

It will take place at the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, Loyola University, Chicago, July 8-18, 2020. For more details, click here. Applications are due March 15. 

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. 

Commonweal Internship Summer 2020
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.

Church Mutual Religious Scholar Scholarship for 2020-21

For the fourth year in a row, CM CARES will award up to $250,000 in scholarships to deserving graduate-level religious scholars. Fifty scholarship winners will each receive a $5,000 award that may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books or other costs of attending school during the 2020-21 academic year. Students of all faiths are encouraged to apply.

For more information, click here. To apply, click here. Deadline to register is April 8.

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: EcoTheo Review
The EcoTheo Review is a quarterly journal dedicated to enlivening conversations and commitments around ecology, spirituality, and art. They are always open to submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art that explore questions of nature and spirituality, from within and outside all religious traditions. They are delighted by innovative, original, thoughtful art that reflects the values of curiosity, justice, and community. They also welcome reviews of contemporary poetry and prose that engage themes of ecology and/or theology. They look forward to reading and seeing your work! Please visit for submission guidelines. 
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.

Dear Joan Chittester panelists, Lisa Cathelyn, JST alumna and Ellen Jewett, JST MDiv student. Photo by Maddie LaForge.

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