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Liturgy News
  • Spanish Mass, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 5:15pm
  • During the month of November, we have an opportunity to remember our beloved dead by placing a photo or object on the altarcito (little altar), the altar of remembrance in the Chapel, and/or by writing names in the Book of the Dead. This year’s altarcito features a contemporary icon, “Our Lady of Ferguson and All Who Have Died of Gun Violence,” by artist Mark C. Eugene Doox, in observance of Black Catholic History Month in November.

Presider Schedule Week of November 11-16

Monday, 11/11: 8:00am Setako
Tuesday, 11/12: 8:00am Osmolovskyy 5:15pm  Tran
Wednesday, 11/13: 8:00am Kunonga  5:15pm Heiding 
Thursday, 11/14: 8:00am Tyrrell  5:15pm  Endres
Friday, 11/15: 8:00am Atsikin 5:15pm Connell
Saturday, 11/16: 8:00am Rimasbe Dionbo

JST Announcements
  • All JST lay students are invited for a lay formation gathering on Friday, November 22, 12:40- 2 p.m., in Manresa.  We will gather for prayer, a pre-Thanksgiving lunch, and reflection on how ministry takes shape in your own cultural context.   Please RSVP with Mary Beth Lamb at by November 18.
  • "Restorative Practices for Ministries, for Life" Workshop (scheduled for Wednesday, November 13, 6:00-7:30 p.m.) will be rescheduled and offered in the spring semester. 
  • SCU Bronco Alerts:  If you have not done so already, please register to receive "Bronco Alerts."  These are safety and emergency alerts from the Campus Safety office of Santa Clara University, regarding incidents in the Berkeley area.  By subscribing to Bronco Alerts you can ensure that you will receive updated information about such things as power outages, fire or weather advisories, crime alerts, or other incidents such as earthquakes.  To subscribe to Bronco Alerts, please click here and then on "SCU Bronco Alert". Use your SCU username and password to login. Once you are in "SCU Bronco Alert," update your contact information and indicate how you wish to receive alerts - e.g. via text, e-mail, voicemail.  We advise you to sign up for all if possible so that you have optimal access to alerts.
    Please register or update your information in SCU Bronco Alert by Friday, November 15.  If you need assistance,  contact Mary Beth Lamb,, in office 107.
  • 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.
  • November 4th-22nd Fill it Forward Challenge: In an effort towards sustainable living, we are promoting the use of reusable water bottles rather than plastic throwaways.  Hyundai has donated Cupanion reusable bottles and stickers with an SCU 'code'. The stickers can be placed on your existing reusable water bottles. Students, Staff and Faculty can refill their bottles and scan with one of these items up to four times a day to gain points through the Cupanion app. A point will be given for each scan. The team with the most scans/points wins the competition. SCU's rivals are Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University.  All of the bottles have been taken, but please continue to scan the sticker through November 22. Every time you refill, Cupanion gives the equivalent of a cup of clean water to a person in need through a range of global development initiatives.  Check it out at For more information, contact Mary Beth Lamb,
  • 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 

Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction
4-5:30pm; St. Clare Room, 3rd Floor, Learning Commons

Attorney and author Nikki Pope leads a discussion with a panel of activists working to free prisoners who are innocent of alleged crimes. Co-sponsored by the Northern California Innocence Project. Discussion and Q&A, followed by reception and booksigning. RSVP requested.

The Work of Reconciliation: Bogdan's Journey
7:00pm-9:00pm, St. Clare Room, SCU Library

Film screening and discussion with Dr. Bogdan Bialek and the film's directors.

Dr. Bogdan Bialek is a psychologist, a Catholic, and a Polish public intellectual. Over a thirty-year period of struggle, he has engaged his community in a difficult dialogue about the 1946 Kielce pogrom in which over 40 Jews were murdered by a mob. Through public forums and meetings with survivors and their children, and listening to witnesses, an educational model emerged for addressing issues of antisemitism and xenophobia. He created an organization, the Jan Karski Society, to sustain his model. Its methods are now used in teaching high school teachers to address these issues. The two co-directors of the film, Michal Jaskulski, from Warsaw, and Lawrence Loewinger, from New York, will participate in the conversation. After the documentary, there will be a conversation with Dr. Bialek and the directors.

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.

Interreligious Chaplaincy Program at the GTU: Opportunities and Challenges, Part 2
1:30-2:30, GTU

Public talk and Q&A with Kamal Abu-Shamsieh about GTU's new Interreligious Chaplaincy Program.

CLGS Lavender Lunch: MCC Ministry Today
12:10-1:10pm; PSR, 1798 Scenic Avenue

Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski (PSR MDiv 1990), ordained in 1983 for the MCC, is one of the longest continuing MCC clergy still engaged in pastoral ministry. 

Town Hall Meeting: Religious Pluralism at the GTU
12:30-1:30pm; GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

All are invited to join this Town Hall Meeting on the topic of "Religious Pluralism at the GTU". Professor Arthur Holder will moderate the discussion. Pizza and drinks will be provided. For more details, please contact Chai Motupalli, Director of Student Life, at

2019 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Dr. Munir Jiwa, "Islamophilia, Islamophobia, and Islamic Studies in Interreligious Contexts"
6:30pm; PSR Chapel, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Dr. Munir Jiwa of the GTU and CIS will prvoide the 44th Annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture on the topic, "Liberal Inclusion or Liberal Conversion? Islamophilia, Islamophobia, and Islamic Studies in Interreligious Contexts". Public reception immediately following the lecture will be held in the Badè Museum (directly across the courtyard).

Passion Led Us Here: Women's Studies in Religion Mentoring Night
5:00-7:00pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Join Students, Staff, and Faculty for an Evening of Food and Facilitated Conversations.

Strengthening Democracy
12:30-2:00pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Can spiritual practices foster democratic values? Lunch and a workshop to discuss, learn, and share perspectives on this topic. Facilitated by Sheryl Johnson and Aizaiah Yong.

Eco-Dao: An Ecological Theology of Dao
4:00-5:30pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

In continuation of his first lecture, Dr. Heup Young Kim, Distinguished Asian Theologian in Residence at GTU, will explain fundamental insights for his formulation of ecological theology of the Dao (namely, Ecodao), as an application of Theodao in this age of ecological crisis and technology. It will further illuminate remarkable similarities between Eco-Dao and the papal encyclical Laudato si’.

Hashivenu: Jewish Teachings on Resilience with Rabbi Deborah Waxman
12:30pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

The first woman rabbi to head a Jewish congregational union and a Jewish seminary, Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D., became president of Reconstructing Judaism, the central organization of the Reconstructionist movement, in 2014. Since then, she has drawn on her training as a rabbi and historian to be the Reconstructionist movement’s leading voice in the public sphere.

Third Thursdays at BAMPFA
4:30pm, BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

Gather in the lobby of the Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive to receive complimentary museum admission and to hear a short lecture on a current exhibition by GTU staff, faculty and students.

November’s talk is given by BAMPFA Chief Preparator Kelly Bennett of Art Pro Net, who will be guiding us through the exhibition she helped install, Hinges: Sakaki Hyakusen and the Birth of Nanga Painting.

Self-Care in Anxious and Discouraging Times: Panel Discussion with Keynote
9:00am-12:30pm, G202, 2407 Dana Street, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley

This forum will offer sources of hope in a time when social tensions run high and work/school pressures can be crushing. Join us for a keynote address by Lily Stearns, PhD, MA, MDiv and a speaker panel discussion on what "self-care" entails at the intersection of the university and the church.

$15 fee. FREE for students, but students must still register by emailing

This event is a part of New College Berkeley's Faith & Work Series.


Community Events and Announcements

Revealing the Children of God, weekend retreat at Four Springs Seminars
Nov. 8 - Nov. 10; 14598 Sheveland Road, Middletown, CA

Weekend Retreat facilitated by Timothy Locke and Sonya Milton. Focus: how might we think in a new way about including ourselves and others as children of God?

$275 for meals and double occupancy lodging with shared bath. Discount of $25 for registrations received by Oct. 29. Need-based financial assistance is available.

Deep Soul: Twentieth-Century African American Freedom Struggles and the Making of the Modern World
4:10pm, Alumni House, Toll Room, UC Berkeley

UCB Professor of American History & Citizenship, Waldo E. Martin, Jr. will examine why and how twentieth-century African American freedom struggles proved essential to the making of the modern African American Freedom Movement. Second, this lecture will examine the centrality of the modern African American Freedom Movement to both the creation of the modern United States and the development of the modern world.

Black Lives Do Matter: What Prophetic Voice Does the Black Catholic Experience in this Country have to Offer Christianity and US Culture at this Time?
5:00-7:00, Lone Mountain 270, Del Santo Reading Room, USF, 2130 Fulton, SF

Dr. Shawnee Daniels-Sykes will help members of the USF community and wider Bay Area reflect on how the legacy of Black Catholic history shapes the future. 

The 3rd Annual Women Shaping the Catholic Social Tradition Speaking Series: Kerry A. Robinson
5:30-7pm; USF, Fromm 120 (Xavier Auditorium), Lane Center, 2130 Fulton Street

Kerry Robinson is global ambassador for the Leadership Roundtable, where she previously served as executive director. She is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of philanthropy, development, and the Catholic Church. The annual Women Shaping the Catholic Social Tradition Speaking Series lecture honors the memory of Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, Sr. Ita Ford, MM, Sr. Maura Clarke, MM, and lay missionary Jean Donovan. This series commemorates their witness and lifts up the Catholic sisters and lay women who continue to shape the Catholic social tradition.

Wittgenstein: Habits of Thought and Thoughts of Habit
4:10pm; UC Berkeley, Alumni House, Toll Room

This lecture considers Wittgenstein’s late paper, “On Certainty” in which the philosopher engages with the taken-for-granted in everyday thought. Taylor notes, “In our contemporary context of the precarious, on one hand, and the political vehemence of conviction, on the other, it seems timely to pay attention to the faltering and tentative mode of regard and thought of one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic thinkers.” Jane Taylor is a South African writer, playwright, and academic, currently at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Liturgy of Memory and Repentance for Victims of Nuclear Attacks and Accidents
7:00pm, Sacred Heart Church, 4025 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland

You are invited to Northern Calfornia's first annual liturgy of memory and repentance for victims of nuclear attacks and accidents.

This Catholic mass of remembrance will commemorate nuclear victims, and invite the community to be in solidarity with Pope Francis as he visits Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki on November 23 - 26. At that time, the Holy Father is expected to deliver a message calling for the urgent and complete abolition of nuclear weapons.

Following the liturgical service, Pax Christi Northern California will offer a reception and discussion on how local groups and individuals can undertake a program of prayer-study-action for the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Job Announcements and More

Bishop O'Dowd High School: Retreat Assistance

Bishop O'Dowd High School is looking for JST students to help with their three-day, two-night Kairos Retreat, Wednesday-Friday, November 20-22 at San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, California. The primary retreat responsibility is being the adult present in a small group as support for the student facilitator.  If you are interested, please contact Karen Yavorsky, Retreat Coordinator, at or 510-577-9100 x241. A background check is required, so JST students are encouraged to contact O'Dowd in the near future in order to participate.

City Internships

City Internships is tuition based "career accelerator" with a strong track record in protecting and amplifying the value of students' post-secondary education to create globally engaged, career-ready graduates. Upon college graduation, CI alumni secure graduate-level employment 3 times more quickly and starting salaries 30 percent higher than their peers. Career field include: Charities, Non-Profits and NGOs.

There are three programs available to which graduate and undergraduate students may apply. 

  • Global Accelerator Program (GAP) - 8 weeks in London or New York, summer only
  • Global Explorer Program (GEP) - 6-12 weeks (rolling starting dates, year round)
  • Remote Program (RP) - 6-12 weeks (rolling starting dates, year round)

For more information, check out the website:

To apply, visit:

Call for Proposals: An Existential Toolkit for Climate Educators Workshop

This workshop to be held July 3-5, 2020 at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany, seeks materials and presentations for an interdisciplinary workshop that will address the following question: how can educators, activists, and community leaders help students navigate the emotional impacts of ecological degradation and social injustice in the age of climate disruption? The aim of this workshop is to develop a practical toolkit for educators, students and activists across disciplines and professions, with potential emphasis on pedagogical applications, curricular implications, and even co-curricular connections (counseling and wellness, student life, etc). Successful applicants will receive travel support plus accommodation during the workshop. The deadline to submit a proposal is November 18, 2019. Please visit this page for more information. 

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

*There were will be an optional information session about the Summer Ethical Leadership Fellowship for Seminary Students on November 6 from 5-6 p.m. in the GTU Student Lounge (at 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705).

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.

Altarcito in Gesu Chapel. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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