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Liturgy News

Our Spring 2020 Renewal Program Cohort invites you to their Closing Prayer and Sending Rite, Friday, May 15, 2020, 3:45-4:30 p.m.  Please RSVP to Carrie Rehak at for the Zoom invitation.

Evening virtual prayer gatherings have concluded for this semester. Thanks to everyone who contributed to these evenings, especially the organizers, Sebastian Budinich, Thomas Bambrick and Dayne Malcolm.

JST Announcements
  • Join us via zoom for a community conversation on Tuesday, May 19, 6:45 p.m. We will give thanks for the graces of our virtual Tuesday evening gatherings this semester, and share our concerns and hopes as we look ahead to the summer. Register with the calendar entry to receive the zoom link.
  • 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. Four courses are now being offered, HM-8103: Preaching in the Digital Age (1 unit) with Tanisha Sparks, M/W/F, 9-12, June 15-24; 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

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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Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

The Revolutionists
May 16, 5:00pm, May 17, 1:00pm, 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.

Consumer Protection During COVID-19: Tips and Traps in these Times
1:00 p.m., free webinar

Presented by Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center (Santa Clara University) and Hoge Fenton.

Topics include:
1. Consumer credit issues with secured (real estate) debts arising from COVID-19 programs
2. Consumer credit issues with unsecured debts arising from COVID-19 programs

Meet Our Panel:
Speaker: Steve Kahn, Shareholder, Hoge Fenton
Speaker: Scott Maurer, Clinical Faculty, Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center
Moderator: Dean Copans, Principal, Spruce Commercial Real Estate

Media and the Pandemic: When False Information Can Kill You
2:00-3:00, Linkedin Live

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics presents a virtual panel discussion on false information and the pandemic.

Coronavirus offers an unfortunate case study of how false and distorted narratives can take hold with grave implications for the public. In the midst of this global public health crisis, people are turning to social media and journalism with record frequency as they seek help navigating the pandemic. How reliable are the claims we find through media? What responsibility do social media companies and news organizations bear for the claims they amplify? Join this live, expert panel discussion which will tackle these questions and more.

A LinkedIn Live panel event featuring:

David DeCosse (moderator)
Director of Catholic and Religious Ethics
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Eric Deggans
NPR TV Critic, Media Analyst for MSNBC/NBC News
Author: Race-Baiter, How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation

Kate Starbird
Associate Professor
Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering
University of Washington

Anita Varma
Assistant Director
Journalism & Media Ethics, Social Sector Ethics
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

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

GTU Library News

You may now request that scanned copies of journal articles and book chapters be emailed to you directly by library staff. In addition, you may place an order for physical copies of books, and pick them up at the library on a one-time basis, by appointment. For the full announcement with detailed instructions, click here.

Enfleshing Eros, Healing Earth: A Queerly Christian Performance of Ecological Renewal in Three Acts
6:30 p.m., online

Decades of religious debate concerning sexuality and gender have surfaced rich theological insights well beyond questions of inclusion for LGBTQ-identified people, including the vital significance of erotic desire for thinking and speaking about God.  Queer people of (Christian) faith can extend that insight toward other animals and ecosystems in a wider movement of ecological renewal.

This lecture frames such hopefulness with the baptism of Jesus and the image of a river—an image that both opens and closes the Christian canon of Scripture, first for life (Gen. 2:9-10) and then for healing (Rev. 22:2).

Rev. Dr. Jay Emerson Johnson is Professor of Theology and Culture at Pacific School of Religion.

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.

Radical Love Live with Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh
1:00 p.m., online event

The GTU has partnered with Radical Love Live to produce a podcast on the theme of “Connection and Unity.” Based out of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, Radical Love Live is a safe place to talk about spirituality in all its forms with the goal of building bridges across spectrums of belief, traditions, and practice through discussion, interviews, music, and shared practice. On May 31st, Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, Director of Interreligious Chaplaincy Program will share his perspective on connection and coexistence in this profound period of physical isolation with hosts Mark Dilcom and Kelly Wilson. View the podcast through Radical Love Live's website by clicking here or watch it on Facebook live by clicking here.


Community Events and Resources

Berkeley Restaurant Week To Go, May 15-24

Support our beloved Berkeley Restaurants in this campaign to "Eat Good & Do Good". With price points at $15, $20 and $25 per person, you can enjoy some of Berkeley's cuisine right at your own table, no reservation needed! Each restaurant will be working with a charitable organization to help those most in need. So get your Shelter in Place crew ready, because cuisine for a cause is coming your way.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more and stay connected for #BRWToGo Gift Certificate Contests! Menus for Charitable Cuisine Live Friday, May 15th! Menu Offerings May Differ, Please Contact Restaurants Individually with Item Questions and Availability. For more information, click here.


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.

The Importance of Interfaith Understanding
noon, livestream

The Commonwealth Club presents a distinguished panel—led by Michael Pappas and which includes Mahjabeen Dhala, a religious motivational speaker, who is pursuing a doctorate at the Graduate Theological Union; the Rt. Reverend William Swing, president and founding trustee of the United Religions Initiative (URI), and Sam Berrin Shonkoff, Ph.D. assistant professor of Jewish studies at GTU—to discuss the connections among the Abrahamic faiths, the unfortunate general lack of knowledge of the others' histories, cultures, and beliefs, and how increased understanding, tolerance, acceptance, respect, etc. among all faiths could help bring about a more peaceful world.

They will also share expressions of faith and how Interfaith communities interact in the midst of the horrendous COVID-19 crises. 

Conversation with Olga Segura
online, 6:00p.m.

Tune in for a conversation with Olga Segura, freelance writer on race and culture.

Anchors in the Storm: The Gifts of Self-Compassion and Divine Love In Times of Turmoil
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., online

Hosted by San Damiano Retreat Center, Colette Lafia and Mary Loebig Giles offer a morning retreat with time for prayer, reflection, writing and sharing in a supportive community. Fee: $35.

Job Announcements and More

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Internship--NEW!!

The diocesan Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) office is seeking a part-time (12-14 hours a week), paid intern to assist the CCHD Diocesan Coordinator in promoting the work of CCHD and in assisting parish leaders to engage their fellow parishioners to become more active in social ministry, especially in the area of legislative advocacy. Position runs September 2020-April 2021. To view the full internship job description, Click Here. Deadline to apply: June 30, 2020.

Call for Artists
The upcoming exhibition "Drawing the Soul Towards Truth: Hindu & Muslim Sacred Geometry" is still on - and going virtual! Now, we are inviting artists from around the world to submit their work. Likewise, this exhibition will then be available worldwide! Artists may submit photographs of their work, a short bio, and a statement describing their spiritual connection to their artwork, by May 30th to mhsacredgeometry@gmail.comQuestions may be sent to the above address or to Rachelle Syed at
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. 

screenshot of Reception in Tribute and Gratitude

Sharing a Toast at the Reception in Tribute and Gratitude for Alison Benders, Fred Heiding, S.J., Amanda Kaminski and Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.
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