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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 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.

LTP (Liturgy Training Publications) offers free resources for prayer during COVID-19, as well as virtual gatherings in Spanish and English for Sunday readings and various aspects of liturgical ministry.

Liturgical Press offers free resources for prayer: healing, illness, and grief.

Life, Love, & Light: Reflections by Veronica Mary Rolf: In this new series of contemplative podcasts, author and medieval scholar, Veronica Mary Rolf, delves into the wisdom of the beloved mystic, Julian of Norwich, who "sheltered in place" as an anchorite for twenty-five years! Weekly podcasts explore how Julian’s Revelations of Divine Love may sustain and inspire us through this pandemic and offer Guided Meditations to practice at home. Please join us in making this "Virtual Retreat with Julian of Norwich." It is free and available to all at

JST Announcements
  • SAVE THE DATE: Our virtual celebration of the Spring 2020 graduates will take place on Saturday morning, May 23, 9:00 a.m. Watch for the announcement of the livestream to come.
  • All students have by now received the JST End Semester Student Survey on student experience of the virtual learning environment at JST during the shelter in place. Please submit this by May 13. 
  • 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. 

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Service and Advocacy

Out of the Darkness SCU virtual Campus Walk for suicide prevention is happening on Saturday, May 30. You can learn more, register, donate and participate by clicking here.

Community Offerings

And the people stayed home


and read books
and listened
and rested
and exercised
and made art
and played
and learned new ways of being
and stopped and listened deeper
someone meditated
someone prayed
someone danced
someone met their shadow
and people began to think differently
and people healed
and in the absence of people who lived in ignorant ways, dangerous, meaningless
and heartless, even the earth began to heal
and when the danger ended
and people found each other grieved for the dead people
and they made new choices
and dreamed of new visions and created new ways of life
and healed the earth completely just as they were healed themselves.

Kathleen O'Meara (1839–1888), pen name Grace Ramsay, was an Irish-French Catholic writer and biographer during the late Victorian era. She was the Paris correspondent of The Tablet, still a leading British Catholic magazine. This poem appeared in her second novel, Iza's Story, about the struggle of Polish patriots against Russian, Austrian and German occupation. The book compares the Polish-Russian situation to the Irish-British situation and praises the revolt of a small nation against a powerful neighbor.

It was reprinted during the Spanish Flu Pandemic, 1919. Submitted by Mary Beth Lamb.

COVID-19: Keeping Good Mental Health in a Time of Uncertainty

Fred Piazza, clinical psychologist who spoke with the JST community on April 28, offers this guide to mental health during Covid-19: COVID-19: Keeping Good Mental Health in a Time of Uncertainty.

Catholic Social Thought and COVID-19

The Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition at USF has put together these resources on Catholic Social Thought and COVID-19.

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day
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Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Spiritual Freedom Retreat

Join us for our final virtual retreat of the quarter -- this time, we will reflect on the topic of spiritual freedom. 

What are we tied to in our lives that we are unable or unwilling to let go of? In what ways have we closed ourselves off to new life, to the future, to hope? How can we "let it go" and embrace the invitations and gifts that life brings to us?

The retreat will include a reflection, communal time for prayer/ silence, as well as small group discussion. Registration is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni.  This 90-minute Zoom retreat is free of charge. Contact Victor Lemus, for more information.

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.

Online: Careers in Social Justice: Recent Alumni Discuss Working Toward an Equitable Future
5:00p.m., via zoom

Please join us as we welcome back five of our distinguished alumni who will share their experiences transitioning from undergraduate studies at SCU to social justice work and how their jobs and lives have changed with the current pandemic. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and friends who are interested in exploring what critically minded social justice work might look like for the next generation of graduates.

Please Register in advance for this meeting. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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

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.

CLGS Lavender Lunch: Queer Mongol with Brandt Miller
12:10-1:15pm, online

As a traditionally nomadic and Shamanistic society, Mongolia has never adhered to a system of dogmatic rule.  There has long been an unspoken fluidity around gender and sexuality.  Soviet laws in the 20th  century introduced homophobic and transphobic rhetoric and ideologies.  In the ‘90s Westernization perpetuated stereotypes and spread the concept that queerness was a foreign import, while also creating more space for varying identities to self-identity.  In this Lavender Lunch, Brandt Miller will share his experience working with the Mongolian LGBTQI community for 14 years. He will track changing queer identities in the Mongolian context and discuss his experiences while immersed in the community as an artist, activist, and foreign gay man.  

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. 

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

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.

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. 

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

Call for Artists -- NEW!!
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 Submissions for Pensive: A Global Journal for Spirituality and the Arts
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. 

Renewal Students and Friends in February. Photo by Carrie Rehak.
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