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Liturgy News

This Friday, Oct. 4, we will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at the 5:15 p.m. Mass.   If anyone would like to join in the singing, we will rehearse at 4:30 p.m.

Spanish Mass on Wednesday, Oct. 9

Presider Schedule Week of October 7 - 12
Monday, 10/7: 8:00am Jacques
Tuesday, 10/8: 8:00am Musoni  5:15pm Connell
Wednesday, 10/9: 8:00am Vu  5:15pm Pastro
Thursday, 10/10: 8:00am Tyrrell  5:15pm Otto/Salinas Roca 
Friday, 10/11: 8:00am Rimasbe  5:15pm Endres
Saturday, 10/12: 8:30am Tang Nguyen

JST Announcements
  • The week of October 7 we will collect socks (children and adult sizes), sweatpants or athletic tracksuits (for children) and simple long sleeve shirts (for adults) for migrants on the Juarez side of the U.S. border with Mexico.   There are 15,000 people waiting in shelters and on the streets, a mix of Central Americans and Mexican internal migrants. This collection will be in collaboration with SCU's Campus Ministry. Barrels will be set up in the lobby at JST for collection. We will deliver the donations to Stephen Pitts, SJ, JST alumnus, who works at Sacred Heart Church in El Paso, across the border from Juarez. Fr. Pitts will deliver them to a Claretian who works with the migrants.
    This collection is in conjunction with our celebration of the Inauguration of SCU President Kevin O'Brien, SJ, as an expression of our mission and values as a graduate school of Santa Clara University. 
  • JST students are collaborating with SCU Campus Ministry to lead a prayer service on the main SCU Campus, "Welcoming All as Christ:  How Are We Sanctuary?" on Wednesday, October 9, at 4:00 p.m. We will pray for humane and just treatment of migrants at the U.S. border as part of the celebrations of the inauguration of Kevin O'Brien, SJ, as new President of Santa Clara University.
  • Interested in serving as an immersion leader with high school students? Tamara Setiady, Immersion Coordinator, will be on campus at JST on Tuesday, October 8th to meet with any interested students from 9am-2pm in the JST Compañía Room and Patio. Please RSVP at
  • Each year, JST awards "Student Development Grant" funding to subsidize students' expenses for participation in a conference or workshop that will further their academic or ministerial formation.  To apply, please submit a  Student Development Grant Application to Paul Kircher, Assistant Dean of Students,   Fall Extended Deadline: October 15.
  • For the last several weeks, several members of the JST Community have been meeting to find a way for the School to understand more comprehensively and respond more effectively to the Climate Crisis with which our planet is wrestling. If you are interested in being involved in this discussion, please contact one of the following: George Griener (, Lisa Fullam (, Mary Beth Lamb (, Mary McGann (, Lluis-Salvador Salinas Roca (, or Joel Thompson (  Currently, the group is meeting on Tuesday afternoons.
  • The Climate Awareness Committee is asking that you consider signing the Senate Petition for International Climate Action sponsored by the Catholic Climate Covenant. The time to take action is NOW. The United States must lead on climate action and the US Senate must ensure that we participate in international agreements that seek to prevent the impacts from climate change from doing irreparable harm to our common home and our shared future. Sign in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast we celebrate on Oct. 4.
  • Sign up to be a Soup Group on the sheet on the Climate Change board. Grab some friends and sign up to make a meatless soup for a Tuesday soup supper. Only two slots are left: Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. We are posting soup recipes on a google doc, Vegan Soups Galore, so you can try these soups for yourself and help to ameliorate your carbon footprint.

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 

Miller Center Announcement

Do you know any social entrepreneurs who are working to improve livelihoods and create a path toward self-sufficiency for poor, underserved, or vulnerable communities in the US? Miller Center is currently accepting applications for their GSBI Pathways Out of Poverty US Accelerator program launching January 2020. They are especially looking for profit, nonprofit, or hybrid social enterprises that have been operating within the US for at least one year. You can find more details about the program on their website. Applications are due October 31, so your help in getting the word out in the next few weeks is greatly appreciated.

Welcoming All as Christ: How are We Sanctuary?
4:00-5:00pm, front of Benson between Shapell and the Bookstore, SCU
This prayer service is an open invitation to pray for the suffering at the borders, and grow in awareness of the role of Sanctuary that we as a community can provide. We want to pray not only for those in suffering but to reflect upon what we can do now.

We will follow a modified Posadas structure, with three stations: Benson, the old mission site, and Mission Church. Each station will have prayer, testimonial, music, and questions for reflection (particularly questions for walking between stations).


Inaugural Mass of Fr. Kevin O'Brien
5:00pm, Mission Church, SCU

JST faculty, staff and students who received a ticket to this event may attend. Tickets are required.

Inauguration of Kevin O'Brien, SJ
11am-1pm; Leavey Center, SCU

Santa Clara University will inaugurate Kevin O'Brien, SJ as the university's 29th president. Lunch reception follows immediately.

Predicting Justice: Optimizing Data in the Criminal Justice System
8am - 4:30 pm, Panelli Courtroom, Charney Hall, SCU

Predicting Justice addresses in four panel discussions the timely issue of how technology and data are being used in our criminal justice system. Presented by the High Tech Law Institute and the Ignatian Center.


Indigenous People's Day: Honoring Native American Perspectives and Realities
4:00pm-6:30pm, de Saisset Museum

Learn more about environmental concerns and access to natural resources from the perspective of Linda Yamane, Ohlone artist and cultural consultant; Chase Iron Eyes, chief lawyer for Standing Rock; and representatives from the Romero Institute.

Markey Women in Ministry Speaker Series: Edwina Gateley
7pm; Music Recital Hall, SCU

The Rev. Francis L. Markey Women in Ministry Speaker Series presents “A Journey of Faith and Ministry from the African Bush to the Bars and Brothels of the City” with poet, theologian, artist, writer, missionary, and minister, Edwina Gateley. This event will take place at SCU, but JST will also livestream the presentation in Manresa.

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.

Blackfriars Gallery Presents: Putting on Christ, Ineffable Splendor and Liturgical Vestments
3:00pm, Blackfriars Gallery, DSPT, 2301 Vine Street

The opening of this spectacular collection is sponsored by Blackfriars Gallery. View a rare collection of sacred vestments and textiles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries collected by Fr. Michael Morris, OP (+2016). 

GTU Library Booksale
10:00am - 3:00pm, Patio in front of Library

Thousands of theological books for sale; Most hardcovers, $2 and paperback $1.

The 10th Annual 2019 CLGS Georgia Harkness Lecture: Bishop Yvette Flunder
6:30-8pm, Chapel, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue

Bishop Flunder, a San Francisco native, has served her call through prophetic action and ministry for justice for over thirty years. This call to “blend proclamation, worship, service and advocacy on behalf of those most marginalized in church and in society” led to the founding of the City of Refuge United Church of Christ in 1991. Bishop Flunder holds degrees from PSR and SFTS, and she is an award-winning gospel music artist and author of Where the Edge Gathers: A Theology of Homiletic and Radical Inclusion.

Women's Studies in Religion: Art & Discussion Group
12:30-2pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 LeConte Avenue

The GTU Women’s Studies in Religion program is hosting a series that will involve art-making and discussion, led by skilled facilitator, Karen Sjoholm. No art experience/skill whatsoever required! The focus is on finding balance in our busy lives and forming community with other students. This series is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts & Religion. All are welcome, regardless of gender identity or expression. To register, please e-mail

"Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land"
8pm; UCB Zellerbach Hall, 101 Zellerbach Hall #4800, Berkeley, CA

A majestic stone wall carved with fossils of sea lilies overlooks a sand-dusted stage, where eight dancers from this internationally renowned butoh company enter into a sublime dialogue with gravity. Meguri is a meditative visual poem by Ushio Amagatsu, Sankai Juku’s acclaimed artistic director, that reflects on the passage of time through imagery and movement inspired by the ebb and flow of water, and the cycle of the earth’s seasons.

Women's Studies in Religion Seminar with Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, PhD
6pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Renowned biblical scholar, academic administrator, ordained minister, and womanist wisdom griot will be in the Bay Area and we are honored that she agreed to gather for a reflective conversation especially with GTU female students as well as female community practitioners in ministry. JOIN US for this insightful and rare opportunity! Space is limited.

CPE Day at the GTU
1:30-3:30pm; CDSP, Dennison Common Room, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley

All those interested in Clinical Pastoral Education are welcome and encouraged to attend. Representatives from ACPE-certified CPE programs throughout the greater Bay Area will be available to share information regarding each ACPE center and the CPE educational process. For more information, please speak with your Field Education representative and visit the ACPE website at

Lunch & Learn in the Sukkah
12:30pm; 2465 Le Conte Avenue Berkeley

Bring your lunch and join us for food and learning together in the Sukkah! Sitting in the CJS sukkah together, we will learn selected biblical, mystical, and contemporary Jewish sources, reflecting upon what we know about emunah and its shadows. There might be some singing. Rabbi Dorothy Richman serves as the rabbi of Makor Or: Jewish Meditation Center and is a founding faculty member of the new Romemu Yeshiva, joining intensive spiritual study and practice.

Inauguration of Rabbi President Daniel Lehmann
5:30pm; International House at UC Berkeley, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

The GTU community will celebrate the inauguration of Rabbi Daniel L. Lehmann as the Eighth President of the Graduate Theological Union. Those wishing to attend must register here by Monday, September 30. A reception will follow.

The Cultural Legacy of the Pre-Ashenazic Jews in Eastern Europe: Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe -- the Beginnings
7pm, CDSP, Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Moshe Taube is Professor Emeritus at the Hebrew University, where he taught in the departments of Linguistics and of German, Russian and East European Studies. Please join us for the first of three lectures given by Moshe Taube in this year's Taubman Lecture Series, entitled "The Cultural Legacy of the Pre-Ashenazic Jews in Eastern Europe". 


Community Events and Announcements

Pax Christi Northern California Annual Assembly
9am-3pm; Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA

Marie Dennis will give her keynote address on how various nonviolent approaches can effectively transform conflict, and how the institutional Catholic Church can foster peaceful solutions by adopting active nonviolence as its Gospel-based default approach.

This event is free, but donations are appreciated. Lunch: $10.

Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians
7:30-9:30pm, Soda Center, Moraga Room, Saint Mary's College, Moraga

Theologian Austen Hartke, a 2019 Bush Foundation Fellow, shares one Christian's experience and theological reflections on his faith and the Holy Scriptures as a transgender man.


Prison Abolition and a Mule
4:10pm, Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall, 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Professor Paul Butler of Georgetown University Law Center will discuss the failures of the prison system and the possibilities for reform. He will suggest what would replace prisons, how people who cause harm could be dealt with in the absence of incarceration, and why abolition would make everyone safer and our society more just.

In the Shadow of Slavery: Africa's Food Legacy in the Atlantic World
4:00pm, International House, Chevron Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

Judith Carney, Professor of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles, will discuss how slaves introduced foods previously grown in Africa to the Americas. She draws attention to the significance of Africa’s food crops as a crucial underpinning of the transatlantic commerce in human beings, the slave ship as a means of conveying African crops to the Americas, and the enslaved as active participants in establishing African foodstaples on their subsistence plots and in the foodways of former plantation societies.

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.

Job Announcements and More

Complimentary Commonweal Subscription

Students (or anyone who has graduated in the past three years) can subscribe for free to Commonweal at  There are no strings attached to these free one-year student subscriptions! It's all made possible by many generous donors who want to make sure that students have access to Commonweal.

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.

FASPE fellowship, summer of 2020

FASPE 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

Fall Instructor Position with Xceptional Prep

Test preparation instructor positions are available starting in October for GRE, SAT and/or ACT classroom based prep classes. These are part-time positions in San Jose, Berkeley, and San Francisco with pay of up to $45 per hour. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Web Designer

The Ignatian Way MAP is a new website in process, applying the teachings of Ignatius Loyola to guide and support people in educational, career, ministry and retirement transitions. The project needs a student employee with web design/development capabilities and not necessarily formal training. Employee would contribute to a unique web resource for career/work/retirement planning and spiritual exploration with an emphasis on Ignatian spirituality. A number of web pages have been developed but need “repair” and renovation. New pages need to be developed. The objective of the project is to complete a prototype for the website/resource as a “platform” for research which would lead to funding and full development of the project. For more information and how to apply, see Web Designer, Ignatian Way MAP.

student life team preparing soup
student life team preparing soup

Student Life team, Paul Kircher, Mary Beth Lamb, Sebastian Budinich and Henrry Mendez preparing Herbed Lima Bean Soup for first Meatless Soup Supper. You too can have this much fun! Photo by Jasmine Allen.

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