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JST Announcements
  • JST's Virtual Commencement Celebration is Saturday, May 23, 9:00 a.m. Guests may access the livestream here. The ceremony will also be recorded and posted for later viewing. The Commencement book and schedule of events will be posted here before the ceremony.
  • 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. 

Ignatian Retreat

The Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College invites you to participate in Twelve Weeks in Manresa: Spiritual Exercises for our Times, a virtual retreat in daily life based on the Spiritual Exercises, from June 7- August 30.  The retreat uses a text offered through Jesuit Sources: “Finding Christ in the World: A Twelve Week Ignatian Retreat in Everyday Life,” by Joseph Tetlow, S.J., and Carol Atwell Ackels. The book is an extended adaptation for praying with the Exercises. It provides daily content for prayer and space for taking notes. 

In addition to the book, which will guide your daily prayer, there are two additional components of the retreat: optional presentations on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, led by Fr. Casey Beaumier, S.J., and optional small group faith sharing.

If you would like to join in a faith sharing group with others from JST, please contact Paul Kircher at by May 29.  Alternatively, you may choose to join a group outside of JST. 

The registration deadline is May 29.  Click here to register.   To ensure that you receive the book by June 7, please order the book as soon as possible, especially given the potential shipping delays related to COVID-19.

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
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Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Reading of Laudato Si

In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the publication of Laudato Si, please consider listening to this continuous reading of Laudato Si (6 hours long) produced by the SCU tUrn project on Earth Day, April 2020. 

Laudato Si': April 22, 2020 Full text: Noon to 4:30 pm

Press Play. Give it a couple of seconds.

Workers' Rights During COVID-19
1:00 p.m., free webinar

Presented by Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center (Santa Clara University) and Erickson Kramer + Osborne.
An overview of laws and resources to help low-income workers navigate the crisis.

Meet Our Panel:
Speaker: Kevin Osborne, EK+O
Speaker: Ruth Silver Taube, KGACLC 
Moderator: Dean Copans, Moderator, Spruce Commercial Real Estate

GTU News and Events

GTU Commencement Exercises

With this website, the Graduate Theological Union honors thirty-one graduates by creating a virtual experience of our 2020 Commencement Exercises, originally planned for May 14, 2020, in Berkeley, California. Our Class of 2020 will have the opportunity to join us in-person for the 2021 Commencement Exercises, and in the meantime, we are excited to honor their outstanding achievements with this virtual experience.

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.

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.


Global Day of Prayer
noon, online

Bring solidarity to our world in a shared moment of prayer at noon local time on 24 May. Catholics from all across the globe will be united in spirit because “everything is connected.”

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.

Covid-19's Impacts on God's Creation and Vulnerable Communities
11:00 a.m. - noon, online

This webinar will examine how the Covid-19 pandemic has enormous impacts and implications on vulnerable communities and God's creation. We will connect the dots between the pandemic and the disproportionate impacts low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. We will also look at what the COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us about our treatment of God's creation and how we can stand in solidarity with vulnerable communities during this pandemic.

Presenters: Fr. Sean McDonagh, a priest of the Missionary Society of St. Columban and the Society's researcher for "Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation".

Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Director, Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland-College Park

Laudato Si after Five Years: Hearing the Cry of the Earth and the Cry of the Poor
9:00am - 10:00am via zoom
Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, in cooperation with the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, invite you to an online dialogue which includes the Covenant’s founding executive director, Dan Misleh.
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.

Spirituality of Honoring and Protecting Mother Earth Retreat
2:00 - 6:00 p.m. online

The Contra Costa Interfaith Council presents this retreat at San Damiano. The presenters are Skylar Wilson and Jennifer Listug, co-authors with Matthew Fox, The Order of the Sacred Earth. $25-50 sliding scale. Register by May 23 at

Job Announcements and More

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
Catholic Campaign for Human Development Internship

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 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. 

painting of flowers by Galen Cortes

Bloom Where You're Planted. Painting by Galen Cortes, CSsR, Renewal Student.
This is the last issue of Magis for the 2019-20 academic year. See you again in the fall!

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