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Liturgy News
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, Reconciliation Service, 5:15 p.m.

Presider Schedule Weeks of November 27-30 and December 2 - 7 

Wednesday, 11/27: 8:00am Rimasbe  5:15pm Heiding 
Thursday, 11/28: 10:00am Connell 
Friday, 11/29: 8:00am Gansa  5:15pm Endres 
Saturday, 11/30: 8:00am Kunonga 
Monday, 12/2: 8:00am Das 
Tuesday, 12/3: 8:00am Cu Pham  5:15pm  Janowiak
Wednesday, 12/4: 8:00am Seluvannan  5:15pm O'Meara
Thursday, 12/5: 8:00am Masikini 5:15pm Dorr/Budinich
Friday, 12/6: 8:00am Vu  5:15pm Griener
Saturday, 12/7: 8:00am Tang Nguyen 

JST Announcements
  • This week, the JST Building will be closed from Wednesday, November 27 at noon until Monday, December 2 at 8:00 a.m. Enjoy the Thanksgiving break!
  • JST women faculty and JST women students will gather for lunch and conversation on Monday, December 9 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. in the Manresa Lounge. If you will be attending please RSVP to Mary Beth Lamb at  by 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, listing any dietary preferences.
  • Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in book groups in January and early February to discuss White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. The goal of the book group is to become familiar with Dr. DiAngelo's work prior to her visit at SCU on February 19. In addition, the group is meant to provide an opportunity to learn how to use her work within our community here at JST and SCU to help facilitate discussions on whiteness and white fragility among students, staff, and faculty. Please fill out this Google Form by Friday, Dec. 6, so that we may determine who is interested in participating and/or facilitating a group.
  • Receive Daily Advent Prayer in Your Inbox: Prepare for Christmas and pray throughout Advent with our community by participating in our online retreat, Waiting in Joyful Hope. We are excited to offer an online retreat during this sacred time in our liturgical calendar.  Each day of Advent, a member of our community will offer a reflection on that day’s Scripture readings which will be sent to subscribers each morning. Reflections are written by members of the Jesuit School of Theology and Santa Clara University community. Subscribe here.
  • Concerned about the destruction of the natural world? If so, please consider helping to plan a Climate Justice Teach-in at JST for early March, sponsored by the Climate Justice Committee. Contact Lisa Fullam,, who will be in touch to set up a meeting before the end of this semester.
  • Save the Date: The annual lay retreat at El Retiro in Los Gatos will take place in the spring, Friday evening, March 13 through Sunday afternoon, March 15. The retreat facilitator will be Megan Pryor Lorentz. To make it on time, retreatants would need to leave Berkeley by around 3:00 on Friday afternoon. Numbers are limited, so please register and make a firm commitment by December 13 with Mary Beth Lamb at
  • Professor Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M., will be the principal lecturer for “Rediscovering Jesus in the Gospel of John,” a four-week biblical study program that the Centre for Biblical Formation offers in Jerusalem, Israel. This program is comprised of lectures, individual study, group study and field trips. Attention is also given to the current religio-political situation in the country by Jewish and Palestinian experts. The course will be held from September 7 to October 6, 2020. The total cost for tuition, fees, full board, and excursions is $5,250 USD, plus airfare. The deadline for enrollment is May 1, 2020, but enrollment is limited. The sooner you register, the better your chances for getting into the class. For more information, please consult
  • Preliminary Announcement: Applications for the Summer Practicum in Spiritual Direction, June 15 - July 10, 2020, can be submitted from now until February 1, 2020. Please click on Summer Practicum in Spiritual Direction for information on the program, and/or contact George Murphy, SJ at The practicum is limited to 14 participants. 
  • Thanksgiving Collection: Please donate healthy, non-perishable food items or make out a check to the Alameda County Community Food Bank (every $1 donated provides $7 of food). Checks can be placed in an envelope and put in Mary Beth Lamb's mailbox at the front desk. Food (canned meats and fish, low-sodium soups and stews, nuts, beans, brown rice, quinoa, peanut butter, whole-grain cereal, oatmeal, pasta) can be placed in the bin at the front entryway. The collection will be from November 25-December 2. 
  • Advent Anyone? Online Resources recommended by George Murphy, SJ

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

5-day Ignatian Silent Retreat
Dec. 14-19, San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville
The Ignatian Silent Retreat is a five-day experience of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The retreat is an invitation to reflect on the ways in which God is moving within your life and to discern your ongoing vocational journey. Opportunities for silence, shared reflection, spiritual conferences, and various forms of Ignatian prayer will be offered. 
The retreat will be held at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville from Saturday, December 14 to Thursday, December 19. Each day will include confidential, individual meetings with a retreat director, presentations, group prayer/ meditation, daily liturgies, contemplative silence, and shared meals.  Sign-ups will be accepted until December 6.
Spaces for the Ignatian Retreat are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by submitting the form below AND a $200 payment via delivery of cash or check to Campus Ministry or online. If you have a financial hardship that would prevent you from attending the retreat, please email Victor Lemus (Director of Retreats) regarding receiving a scholarship.

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.

Thanksgiving Lunch and Launching of the International Students Association
12:30-2:00pm, GTU Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

The GTU International Students Association cordially invites all students to join this celebration! RSVP to Marinda Chan at or Zulu Lemtur at by Friday, November 22.

Trip to BAMPFA with Thomas Cattoi
4:30pm, BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

In December, the third Thursday Program that is free for GTU faculty, staff and students, will be held on the first Wednesday instead. December’s talk is given by Dr. Thomas Cattoi (JST) on the exhibition Divine Women, Divine Wisdom, which displays art from South Asia and the Himalayan region that celebrates the beauty, fecundity, wisdom, power, and compassion of women within the context of Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

Listening Forum for GTU Students and Faculty: Listening with Open Minds and Hearts
4:00-5:30pm, GTU Dinner Board Room

The GTU Board of Trustees wants to hear your voices.

All students and faculty are invited to join the members of the GTU’s Board of Trustees for a Listening Forum moderated by Dean Uriah Kim on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 4-5:30pm in the Dinner Boardroom in the GTU Library.

Find out more about this gathering in "Listening with Open Minds and Hearts," a GTU Voices reflection written by Board Chair Susan Cook Hoganson.   

Talk with Abby Stein: "From Rabbi to Trans Activist"
6:00pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Abby Stein is a Jewish educator, author, speaker, and activist. She was born and raised in a Hasidic family of rabbinic descent, and is a direct descendent of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hasidic Judaism. In 2012, Abby left the Hasidic world to explore a self-determined life. She came out as a woman of trans experience in 2015. Since coming out, she has been working to raise support and awareness for trans rights and those leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy. 

CLGS Lavender Lunch: Ministry among God's Queer Folk; LGBTQ Pastoral Care
12:10-1:10pm; PSR, 1798 Scenic Avenue

Authors Bernard Schlager and David Kundtz discuss the second edition of their book Ministry Among God's Queer Folk: LTBTQ Pastoral Care (Cascade Books, 2019). Kundtz, psychotherapist and author of several best-selling books in the area of pastoral care, holds a doctoral degree in pastoral psychology from the Graduate Theological Union. Schlager is Executive Director of The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) and Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies at Pacific School of Religion. 


Community Events and Announcements

Queer Abstraction
6:30pm, Cal Episcopal, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

6:30 Carols by Candlelight.

7:15 Presentation on the highly acclaimed art show highlighting queer artists and subversive expression presented by the curator, Jared Ledesma of the Des Moines Art Center, hosted by the episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Berkeley. Mr Jared Ledesma, Des Moines Art Center. This talk explores how queer artists have created a visual language of liberation and hope.

25th Annual Alameda Sing-It-Yourself "Messiah"
4pm; First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

This performance is the 25th Annual "Alameda Sing-It-Yourself 'Messiah.'" Bring "The Messiah" score if you have one. Free-will offerings will be accepted to support the event (with a suggested offering of $20, and a canned or dry food item to donate to the Alameda Food Bank). Please visit the attached link for more information.

Rejoice! Let Us Sing! With the Philippine Saringhimig Singers
7pm; St. Perpetua Church, 2454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette

Tickets start at $25 to benefit the St. Perpetua Parish Christmas Eve celebration. Tickets are available at For more info, please contact Mary Jo Malabuyo,

Job Announcements and More

Call for Papers

The December 2019 issue of Asian Horizons (of the Dharmaram Journal of Theology) invites articles on "Religious Pluralism: Changing Perspectives." Please send your articles (4500-5000 words, including the footnotes) by December 15, 2019. 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. 

FASPE Fellowship, Summer of 2020

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. FASPE is neither a Holocaust studies course nor a genocide prevention program. Rather, the curriculum is designed to challenge Fellows to critically examine constructs, current developments and issues that raise ethical concerns in their professions in contemporary settings in which they work. Each year, FASPE Seminary awards fellowships to 14 to 16 individuals pursuing, or recent graduates of, graduate-level religious training at divinity schools, seminaries, chaplaincy programs or other related institutions. Fellows spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland, where they visit key sites of Nazi history and participate in daily seminars led by specialized faculty. The program couples the power of place with academic rigor and many informal opportunities for creative exchange. 

2020 FASPE Seminary Program Dates: June 12, 2020 – June 26, 2020 (Program starts on the evening of June 12).

Deadline to apply: December 30, 2019.

For more information about the program, see To apply, see

Scholarships for Catholic Studies (UK)

Applications are open for Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries with the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University UK for the 2020-2021 school year. This year, there are two (2) Louis Lafosse Bicentenary PhD Scholarships, both three-year awards including full-fees (at UK/Home level), plus a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rate (£15,009 in 2019-20). The deadline for applications for the Louis Lafosse Bicentenary Scholarships is Sunday, February 23, 2020. All other applications are open until May 24, 2020. Full details including eligibility criteria, and an application form are available at

Louisville Institute Fellowships

The Louisville Institute offers fellowships for doctoral study and dissertation work. The Dissertation Fellowship (DF) programs offers up to ten $25,000 grants to support the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing. Preference given to students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects related to Institute mission priorities. Apply by February 1, 2020.

The Doctoral Fellowship (DOC) program encourages current Ph.D./Th.D. students to consider theological education as their vocation. The Institute awards up to ten two-year Doctoral Fellowships of $2,000 per year. In addition, Fellows constitute a peer learning cohort that meets six times over a two year period. Apply by March 1, 2020.

For more information and to apply, see the Louisville Institute site.

Soup Supper Conversation: Lluís Salinas Roca, Ricardo Perkins, Thomas Bambrick, Dayne Malcolm and Sebastian Budinich. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.


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