Trouble viewing this email? Read it online.
Featured Event

Thumbnail image
Liturgy News
  • The Acolyte Workshop with James Ferus has been postponed until later notice. If you are interested in receiving acolyte training, please contact Paul Kircher,
Presider Schedule Week of September 16-21
Monday, 9/16:  8:00am Zezika
Tuesday, 9/17: 8:00am Cu Pham  5:15pm Tran
Wednesday, 9/18: 8:00am Seluvannan  5:15pm O'Meara
Thursday, 9/19: 8:00am Otto  5:15pm Manuel
Friday, 9/20: 8:00am Nyamayaro  5:15pm O'Meara
Saturday, 9/21: 8:30am Kunonga

JST Announcements
  • Add/Drop period ends the evening of Friday, September 13.
  • Want to travel to Washington D.C. and represent JST at the Ignatian Family Teach-In For Justice (IFTJ)? To learn more or complete an application click here. The deadline to submit the application is Friday, Sept. 13.
  • Looking for work? Various JST offices are looking for assistance: the Front Desk, the Office of the Dean, and the Renewal Program. Please apply, if interested, by checking the website for JST Current Student Job Openings.
  • Upcoming Lay graduates (Fall 2019 or Spring 2020): Please contact Clare Ronzani at by September 15 if you anticipate completing your studies in Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 and wish to include your résumé in JST's annual résumé book for potential employers. If you have not done so already, you may sign up for weekly notifications regarding full-time job openings; please send a request to
  • The JST Student Life Office is sponsoring two upcoming trips to Santa Clara University: for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Oct. 2 (transportation available at 10:00am, returning around 3:30pm) and a JST sponsored Prayer Service as part of the Inauguration festivities for Kevin O'Brien, SJ, on Oct. 9 (transportation available at 3:00pm, returning around 9:00pm). If you would like transportation to these events, please contact Mary Beth Lamb, by September 24.
  • 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 Deadline: October 1.
  • Interested in serving as an immersion leader with high school students? Tamara Setiady, Immersion Coordinator, will be at JST on Tuesday, October 8, to meet with any interested students from 9am-2pm in the JST Compañía Room and Patio. Please RSVP at

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

University Convocation
4:00pm, Mayer Theater

Welcoming back faculty and staff for the new academic year

SCU Mass of the Holy Spirit
12:00pm, Mission Church

Take time to celebrate with the entire campus community in this centuries-old tradition.

Followed by a community lunch. JST will provide transportation for students interested in attending. Please RSVP to Mary Beth Lamb at by Tuesday, September 24.

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.

Mid Autumn Cultural Festival Celebration
6:00pm- 8:00pm, GTU Le Conte Building, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

Sponsored by the Asia Project of GTU,  Mid-Autumn or the Moon Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in China, Korea and Vietnam. It takes place on the 15th of the eighth month on the lunar calendar when the moon is the roundest and fullest. It symbolizes a time of family reunion, thanksgiving for the harvest and nature. Come in your traditional attire from your native land, and enjoy delicious Asian food with moon cake and tea.

GTU Day at Cal Football
1:30pm, Memorial Stadium, 2227 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley,

GTU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to be part of our second annual GTU Day at Cal Football. 

Special GTU Ticket Price: $20/person
To RSVP, please contact: Doug Davidson at by September 6, 2019

CLGS Lavender Lunch
12:10pm, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue

Authenticity in the Art of Hospitality, the first Lavender Lunch of 2019-2020 features Rev. Monica Joy Cross who will speak on living an authentic life as a means to practice the Art of Hospitality. Rev. Cross serves as Pastor at First Christian Church of Oakland and is the author of Authenticity and Imagination in the Face of Oppression.

Words Beyond Words: Poetry Inspired by Sacred Texts
5:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

An evening of poetry and discussion with Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama

The evening will include a reading of select poems responding to the theme of sacred texts, as illustrated in CARe's 2019 Fall exhibition, Beyond Words. Acclaimed poet and pastor Rev. Nate Klug lead a discussion on the ways in which faith relates to poetry and the creative process. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

This event is free and open to the public!

Prayer-tivity: Unleashing the power of your creative process in understanding, experiencing, and practicing prayer
5:30pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2635 Le Conte Avenue

Using a blend of the practical and the fanciful, this workshop will explore methods for using text study, the arts, and our creative selves to enhance the ways in which we understand, experience, and teach prayer. 

This workshop is led by Cantor Sharon Bernstein of Congregation Sha'ar Zahav, San Francisco. 
ResoNation Concert
7:30pm, Chapel, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue

ResoNation: Sacred Sounds Beyond Borders is a sacred world music festival premiering with a concert featuring  Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (mystical songs from Eastern Europe), Qadim Ensemble with Miriam Peretz (Piyutim from the Eastern Diaspora), Mahsa Vahdat and Atabak Elyasi (original Iranian sounds inspired by the poet Rumi), Parvathy Baul (Baul traditional music influenced by Sahajiya Buddhism, Turkish Sufism and Bengali Hinduism) and Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir (African American roots music). This concert takes place at the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) Chapel, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley. General Audience: $25; Students with ID: $20.

JST is a co-sponsor of this event.

ResoNation: Sacred Sounds Beyond Borders Participatory Workshops
1:00pm, Pacific School of Religion campus

Free community music day for all ages featuring participatory workshops with Kitka, Linda Tillery, Qadim Ensemble with Miriam Peretz, Catherine Braslavsky and the music of Hildegaard von Bingen, and more. ResoNation presents music that celebrates and heals the human spirit, transcends borders, and engages the whole person and wider community.

JST is a co-sponsor of this event.

Recalibrating Human Freedom with Martin Luther
7:00pm, GTU Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Andrea Vestrucci, GTU Research professor in Systematic Theology, analyzes the logical argument thanks to which Luther challenges the usual idea that freedom and necessity cannot share the same room. As such, the Bondage of the Will clarifies the relationship, and the distinction, between the philosophical and the theological approaches to the issue of freedom. Respondents include: Kirsi Stjerna and Diane Bowers.


A Spiritual Journey Toward a Theology of Dao
4:00pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Dr. Heup Young Kim will reflect on his spiritual journey that has led him to formulating a theology of dao. He argues that East Asian theological perspectives, as an antidote to Western modes of thinking, can present an alternative hermeneutic to the dualism inherited from Greek philosophy that still prevails in Western theologies.

Medina and Athena: Restoring a Lost Legacy
7:30pm, Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

The Common Heritage Series, sponsored by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and Zaytuna College, Part 1: presented by Hamza Yusuf.


A Listener's Guide to the Cosmos
7:30pm, Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

Part 2 of the Common Heritage Series, Presented by Andrew Hicks

Women in Ministry Conversation with Renita Weems
6:00pm-8:00, GTU Dinner Board Room

Welcoming Reception and Conversation with Old Testament scholar, Renita Weems.


Community Events and Announcements

Silence Breakers: Woman Z i o n & t h e # M e T o o Movement, Lamentations 2:20-22 as Path to Resilience.
9:00am - 12:00pm, Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley
JST women are invited to a special event at Newman Hall/Holy Spirit Parish on Saturday, September 14, 9:00 - Noon.  Women in Conversation is hosting Professor Gina Hens-Piazza who will speak on  “Silence Breakers: Woman Z i o n & t h e # M e T o o Movement, Lamentations 2:20-22 as Path to Resilience.”  A morning of gathering, input, discussion, and prayer.  No RSVP necessary.
Berkeley Student Climate Action
11:00am - 3:00pm. Sproul Plaza, University of California at Berkeley

This September 20-27th, millions of people around the world will walk out of our workplaces and homes to join youth climate strikers on the streets to march and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels, corporate pollution, and environmental destruction.

Our house is on fire — let’s act like it. We demand climate justice for everyone.

Help us change the world.

Shoreline Cleanup Program
9:00am-12:00pm, Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave, Berkeley

This will be a fun and educational opportunity to help protect our shoreline habitat here at the Berkeley Waterfront. The International Shoreline Cleanup is an annual event that takes place all over the word, the cleanup is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission.

International Day of Peace: One Voice Film & Program
Fireside Room, Rossmoor Gateway Plaza, 1001 Golden Rain Rd, Walnut Creek

Come join others from the East Bay Interfaith community for a program with music, brief speakers and a showing of the new film, "One Voice", on the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as we celebrate the International Day of Peace together.

Taizé Evening Prayer
7 - 8pm; All Souls Parish, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Please join brothers from the Taizé community in Burgundy for Taizé Evening Prayer. A reception will follow. 

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.

Job Announcements and More

Fall Instructor Position with Xceptional Prep - NEW!!

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.

CTSA Scholarship - NEW!!

The Catholic Theological Society of America has established a scholarship program to help defray the costs of attending the CTSA annual convention in Baltimore, MD, June 11-14. The purposes of the Dolores L. Christie scholarship are 1) to recruit new members to the CTSA, particularly graduate students in theology or religious studies, and 2) to facilitate attendance for current CTSA members who, because of financial circumstances, would not otherwise be able to attend the convention. Individuals may apply for the scholarship which reimburses up to $1,000 of expenses associated with attending the convention. Covered expenses include registration, lodging at the convention hotel, transportation, and meals (including the required John Courtney Murray banquet). The deadline to apply is October 1, 2019. For more information, see the website.

Catholic Studies, AAR-WR, Call for Papers - NEW!!

The Catholic Studies unit of the American Academy of Religion, Western Region, will meet at Claremont Graduate University, March 13-15, 2020, and invites papers that explore rites, rituals, ceremonies, and initiations that are practiced within Catholic traditions or are responding to them from without. The unit welcomes critical, cultural, ethical, historical, and theological perspectives. Please send an abstract of 250 words as well as a completed participant form to Eva Braunstein at and to Justin Claravall at by October 1, 2019.

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


Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish (2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley) is currently looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant to assist with office duties and parish needs. For more information, please email or call 510-848-7812.

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.

Part-time (Morning) Religion Teacher

École Notre Dame des Victoires (School), at 659 Pine Street in San Francisco, is now hiring a part-time (morning) religion teacher. Please refer to this job posting for more information. The posting lists an August start date that is flexible as the school has yet to hire someone for the position.

Ministry Coordinator

St. Augustine Parish in Oakland is looking for a part-time Ministry Coordinator, offering benefits, a flexible schedule and requiring weekend work. For more information, see Ministry Coordinator, St. Augustine Parish, Oakland, CA.

Director of Christian Education

St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley is looking for a part-time Director of Christian Education. For more information, click here.

Parish Solidarity Initiative Diocesan Coordinator

The Parish Solidarity Initiative (PSI) is a program begun by the Diocese of Oakland in the summer of 2017. For participating parishes, the PSI Coordinator and the diocesan support team will train parish teams in Catholic Social Teaching and provide them spiritual formation, leadership and organizing skills to enable them to engage their fellow parishioners by means of two annual retreats and special training sessions as needed. For more information, please consult the job posting.

Call for Artists: Hindu & Muslim Sacred Geometry

The call for artists for "Drawing the Soul Towards Truth: Muslim and Hindu Sacred Geometry" is now open. This exhibition, in partnership with the Center for the Arts and Religion at the Doug Adams Gallery, brings together Hindu and Muslim artist-practitioners around sacred geometry to explore art, faith, and community in interfaith dialogue. Artists who live in the western USA and have not shown often or before are especially encouraged to submit their work for selection. Submissions will be accepted via email until May 30, 2020. Questions may be submitted to

STD student Taiye Obada and STL student Jean Claude Rimasbe Dionba chat with Interim Dean Alison Benders before the Mass of the Holy Spirit, September 6
STD student Taiye Obada and STL student Jean Claude Rimasbe Dionba chat with Interim Dean Alison Benders before the Mass of the Holy Spirit, September 6

STD student, Taiye Obada, and STL student, Jean Claude Rimasbe Dionbo, chat with Interim Dean Alison Benders before the Mass of the Holy Spirit, September 6.  Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

To submit items for publication in this newsletter, please send to by noon on Wednesday of the week you want it published. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit photos of events for the photo of the week.

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Assistant Dean of Students
1735 Le Roy Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: 510-549-5029