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Letter from Assistant Dean of Students, Paul Kircher

Dear JST Community,

With three weeks left in the semester, fatigue and zoom fatigue may be setting in!  As we enter into this fourth week of Easter, let us ask God to sustain us in Easter hope and Easter joy.

All are invited to our community conversation online this Tuesday, May 5:  “Formation and Transformation:  Who Are We Becoming?”  We will reflect together on how God is re-making us anew in this time of time of COVID-19, as individuals, as ministerial leaders, as a community.

Virtual evening prayer gatherings continue at 8 p.m.  Thank you to Thomas Bambrick, SJ, Sebastian Budinich, and Dayne Malcolm, SJ for organizing these.

Peace and blessings,


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Liturgy News

Evening prayer gatherings via zoom are scheduled from 8:00-8:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.  If you are interested in helping to lead a session in the coming weeks, please email Sebastian Budinich at Contact Sebastian for the zoom link as well.

JST Announcements
  • Register now for all 2020 summer courses.  The last day to register for any course is Tuesday, June 2 (the summer term begins on June 1).  All tuition must be paid ahead of time by Thursday, May 21, no matter when a course actually has its first day.  If you later decide to drop a course you must do so by June 2 in order to get a full refund on the tuition, no matter when a course actually has its first day. Currently, three courses are being offered, LS-8300: Liturgical Music for Ministerial Leaders (3 units) with Christopher Wemp, June 15 - July 17; NT-8270: Paul's Letters: Context and Theology (3 units) with Jean-Francois Racine, June 8 - July 3; and SP-8250: Toward a Spirituality of the Creative Life (3 units) with Carrie Rehak, June 1- July 12. For a full description of the courses, click here.
  • JST updates on COVID-19 can be found here.   This page links also to the SCU and GTU updates.
  • The JST Resource page for COVID-19 lists resources for prayer and reflection, wellness, financial assistance, and service. 

Community Offerings

Praise Song for the Pandemic. submitted by Paul Kircher

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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Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Music at Noon: Dem ONE
noon, online

Demone Carter is an award-winning artist from San José. Performing under the name DEM ONE, he has released several albums and collaborated with notable hip-hop artists like D-Styles, Motion Man, Chali Tuna, and Bambu. In 2014, Carter received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Award and in 2016 he was named a 2016 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate. 

Long-Term Effects of Microaggressions Against the Asian-American Community During COVID-19
5:00-7:00pm via zoom

For the Zoom link, please contact Joanna Thompson,

Music at Noon: Frederic Rosselet
noon, online

Since his move to the Bay Area, Swiss-American cellist Frédéric Rosselet has been seen performing with local ensembles such as American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble San Francisco and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra. Equally dedicated to chamber and orchestral music, he has been a recurring participant of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, as well as a faculty member at the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program.

Movies for Mental Health Online
5:30-7:00pm online

Movies for Mental Health Online is a 1.5-hour virtual workshop that uses the power of film to unite folks in community, connection, and conversation. This interactive, online experience will feature an open discussion on mental health, the stigma that frequently surrounds mental illness, and media portrayals of mental health issues. Following this will be a live screening of three award-winning short films and collective exploration around what the work means for us as individuals. The event will culminate in a panel of lived-experience speakers and mental health resources, empowering us to share our own stories and access support available to us in these uncertain times.

The Revolutionists
7:30pm, virtual streaming

A grand and dream-tweaked comedy about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Jean-Paul Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris.  It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection...that ends in a song and a scaffold. They may have lost their heads, but they found their voice.

GTU News and Events

GTU At Home Book Club

On Wednesdays (April 1 - May 27) at 12:30, the SFTS library is hosting an online silent book club, which offers an opportunity to socialize, share what you are reading with others, and spend time reading your own book silently. For zoom info and more info on at home book clubs, see

In the Time of COVID and the Great Sheltering
5:30pm, online

Please join us for this online event with special guest Chaplain Bruce Feldstein MD, BCC, founder and director of JFCS Jewish Chaplaincy Services serving Stanford Medicine. Chaplain Dr. Feldstein will be in conversation with Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, director of the new Interreligious Chaplaincy Program at the GTU, and Dr. Deena Aranoff, director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies. They will discuss this Time of Great Sheltering, and address notions of disruption, vulnerability, and sustainability, along with other challenges and opportunities, in a pursuit of finding meaning and joy. Zoom meeting information can be found in the link for More Information.

An Arts and Religion Perspective on our Time of Uncertainty
noon, online

In this online event, Dr. Elizabeth S. Peña, Director of the Center for the Arts & Religion at the GTU, presents her perspective on these days of uncertainty. You'll find links to both a video presentation and blog entry from her on our website after noon on May 8, 2020.

A Perspective on Our Age of Uncertainty by the Associate Dean of Students
noon, online

In this online event, Dr. Wendy Arce, Associate Dean of Students, will present her perspective in these days of uncertainty. You'll find links to both a video presentation and blog entry from her on our website after noon PST on May 15, 2020. 

A Perspective on our Age of Uncertainty by Interim President and Dean Uriah Kim
noon, online

In this online event, Dr. Uriah Kim, Interim President, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and John Dillenberger Professor of Biblical Studies, presents his perspective in these days of uncertainty. You can find both a video reflection and blog from him on our website after noon PST on May 22, 2020. Dr. Kim's presentation concludes our series of written reflections and videos from scholars, spiritual leaders, and cultural critics from across the GTU, exploring the meaning of spiritual care, ethics, and leadership from a broad array of interreligious and interdisciplinary perspectives.

HIV/AIDS Ministry: Past and Present
5:00-7:00, online

Join CARe on Zoom for a panel discussion presented in conjunction with our Spring 2020 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.

Our diverse group of accomplished panelists will discuss spirituality, ministry, and community in the days when AIDS was first recognized and in more recent times.

Register to receive zoom link.


Community Events and Resources

SF Opera is On

The lights may be down at the War Memorial Opera House, but we're about to turn things up on your screen.  We're proud to announce our first online opera broadcast, starting Saturday, May 9, with Arrigo Boito’s classic Mephistopheles. Bare-chested and brazen, Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov stars as the titular devil — sinister, scheming, and unapologetic about claiming centerstage in this gleefully unconventional adaptation of Faustian legend.

Mephistopheles streams right here on Opera is ON for free starting Saturday, May 9, at 10am Pacific, until 11:59pm, the next day. No registration is necessary.

Opera on the Couch

Opera Philadelphia is sponsoring a Digital Festival, Opera on the Couch, with a new one starting each Friday night in May. The starting time tonight is 5:00pm PT (8:00 in Philadelphia). These are mostly new operas, debuted since 2016, except for Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Livestream link.

Conversation with Helen Prejean
6:00pm, online

Join us, with your beverage of choice in hand, for a conversation with Helen Prejean, C.S.J. executive director of Ministry Against the Death Penalty. 

Conversation with Tom Chabolla
online, 6:00p.m.

Tune in for a conversation with Tom Chabolla, president of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Conversation with Danielle Vella
6:00p.m. online

Tune in for a conversation with Danielle Vella, director of social cohesion and reconciliation at Jesuit Refugee Service.

Job Announcements and More

Call for Submissions for Pensive: A Global Journal for Spirituality and the Arts -- NEW!!
Submit by May 15 for the inaugural issue of Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts, an exciting new journal based at the interfaith Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

What: Original poetry, prose, visual art, film, music, and translations welcome for online journal. Especially interested in work that deepens the inward life; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; and advances dialogue and understanding across difference.

Submissions by international and historically underrepresented groups particularly encouraged.

- Submit up to 5 pieces; simultaneous submissions and previously published works welcome, provided you alert our editors if accepted elsewhere.

- Send documents in 12 point Times New Roman with a brief (3-5 line) contributor’s bio in third person to Questions? Email Alexander Levering Kern, co-editor, at
NCR Bertelsen Editorial Internship

NCR offers a year-long paid internship designed to provide recent college graduates with firsthand newspaper experience. Interns work as a full-time staff members in the newspaper's Kansas City, Missouri headquarters or in a major U.S. city where they live or are based. lnterns gain firsthand experience in a fast-paced virtual newsroom, reporting for print and web, helping with newspaper production, and maintaining including social media and multimedia.

Deadline to apply is May 15, 2020.

For more information, visit:

Call for Papers, Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience

(Ir)Rationality and  Religiosity During Pandemics: Phenomenological Criticism: Supplemental  Research Webinar of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria, September 16-17, 2020.

In the context of the current COVID 19-crisis, the vexed relationship between religion, intuition, discursive reason, and instrumental rationality has become ever more complicated.  Given resurgent appeals to the transformative (purifying, redemptive, liberating, etc.) force of religious resources in times of crisis–both manipulating and hopeful—we invite papers which explicate the involved aspects of (ir)rationality, on a societal, social, communal, and personal scale. Our working hypothesis is that the by now apparent lapses and discontents of secular reason contributed, if not lead to, the COVID19 pandemics.  With the toll of deaths exceeding 100,000 in mid-April 2020, and industrial countries such as the United States leading the numbers, what does it tell us about the status of knowledge, consciousness and its relationships with the power networks ?  Given the astounding denials of both trivial-ontic-empirical  and scientific facts of epidemics and the gripping realities of global misinformation, the relationship between the reason—in action, politics, press, local decision-making—and the subjective dimension of religiosity  stand out  in this new light, calling for phenomenological reporting and reflection, which must precede the care and the cure.  While religious experience has been shown to have emancipatory value and enhance resilience and decrease stress, we'd like to clarify if this assessment still stands in this new situation. 

We invite submissions of papers of about 3000 words, which would correspond to 20 min of reading maximum. Please also provide up to  300 words synopsis of your talk, in a separate Word document formatted for anonymous review. Please submit both to  .   Deadline for submission is July 15, 2020, with notifications of acceptance by August 1. Best papers will be recommended for publication in a special topical issue of Open Theology (De Gruyter) Both the workshop and the publication are offered free of charge, as a contribution to healing the pandemic.

For more information, click here

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. 

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Good advice for all of us! Photo by Jeanne Rosenberger, Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students, SCU
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