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Featured Event

Join the entire Santa Clara University Community for a special Mass followed by a picnic on the St. Ignatius lawn.

Wednesday, October 2 at 12 noon

Mission Church at Santa Clara University

(All faith traditions are invited to attend.)

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Liturgy News

Anyone interested in learning to serve as an acolyte at JST, please attend the Acolyte Training Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6:45 in the Chapel. James Ferus will lead the training.

Presider Schedule Week of September 29 - October 5

Monday, 9/30: 8:00am Saldanha
Tuesday, 10/1: 8:00am Seluvannan  5:15pm Griener
Wednesday, 10/2: 8:00am Musoni  5:15pm O'Meara
Thursday, 10/3: 8:00am Otto  5:15pm Murphy/Goh 
Friday, 10/4: 8:00am Cu Pham  5:15pm Atsikin
Saturday, 10/5: 8:30am Kunonga

JST Announcements
  • 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 week of October 7, we will collect socks (children and adult sizes), sweatpants or athletic track suits (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.  For this and other inauguration events, JST will provide transportation. For the prayer service, the van leaves from JST at 1:30 p.m., returning at approximately 8:30 p.m.  For the Inauguration Mass (tickets are required to attend) on Thursday, Oct. 10, the van leaves from JST at 2:00 p.m., returning at approximately 8:00 p.m. For the Inauguration Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 11, the van leaves from JST at 9:00 a.m., returning at approximately 4:00 p.m. RSVP to by October 1, if you plan to ride in the van for any of these events. NEW: We need several lectors for the Prayer Service on Wednesday. Please contact if you are willing to serve in this way.
  • 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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the JST Compañía Room and Patio. Please RSVP at
  • 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. Here are some details:
a. Soup MUST be vegan, or if your group is ambitious, you can make one vegan and one veggie. 
b. Plan to make about 5 gallons all told, but check with Mary Beth Lamb before your week to ask for her estimate of that week’s anticipated need. Also, ask her if you’d like reimbursement for your group’s expenses—there is a soup budget.
c. What’s vegan? No animal products, so no meat, dairy, eggs, or honey. Veggie is just no meat. Mary Beth can give you access to a google drive folder with vegan recipes inside! 
d. Soup Groups can run all semester from Oct. 1- Dec. 3.

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

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

Join the entire Santa Clara University Community for a special Mass followed by a picnic on the St. Ignatius lawn. All faith traditions are invited to attend. 

Ethics Event: “Departera,” a Musical
7-8:15pm; Santa Clara University Recital Hall, SCU

LatinX theater company Teatro Vision created Departera, a groundbreaking musical that supports the dying with traditional community resources. This event is co-sponsored by the Ethics Center and SCU’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

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).

There will be a van for transportation. Please request transportation by September 30 from


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.


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.

CLGS Lavender Lunch: After the "Straight State": Sexuality and Social Reform during California's HIV/AIDS Crisis
12-1:15pm; Small Dining Room, D'Autremont Hall, PSR, 1798 Scenic Avenue

At this Lavender Lunch UK historian Stephen Colbrook examines the careers of California’s gay-activists-turned-policymakers and their role in queering the state bureaucracy during the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Visualizing Kabbalist Gestures
7:30pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2635 Le Conte Avenue

Known as “the lifting of the hands” in the Aaronic blessing, the Nesi’at Kapayim is enacted when a kohen raises both hands and divides his four fingers into two separated sets. In this lecture, Dr. Nathan Timpano argues that the unique hand/figure gestures that appear in portraits by Oppenheimer and Schiele convey a secret, yet knowable, visual sign language that connected Jewish and non-Jewish artists with Jewish patrons. 

CLGS Jewish Roundtable 'Queeries Series', Daniel Boyarin, "Diaspora Nation"
6:30pm; PSR, Badè Museum, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Daniel Boyarin, PhD (Professor of Talmudic Culture in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley) will give a presentation entitled, "Diaspora Nation: Jews, Exile, and Nationalism".

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. Register on Eventbrite 

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.


Community Events and Announcements

From Being “Enlightened” to Being “Woke”: Racial Justice Work in American Convert Buddhism
5-6:30pm; 180 Doe Library, UC Berkeley

Professor Ann Glieg, University of Central Florida, will discuss the “Buddhist Statement on Racial Justice” that the “White House-U.S. Buddhist Leadership Conference” recently produced. Her aim is to examine racial justice and diversity work in American Buddhism. She will highlight the main pragmatic and theoretical strategies employed to integrate racial justice work with Buddhism, as well as consider opposition such work has faced. Finally, she will reflect on the significance of such developments for Buddhist modernism in the United States.

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.

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 --NEW!!

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 -- NEW!!

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.

CTSA Scholarship

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

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

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.

JST demonstrators at UC Berkeley climate change strike, Sept. 13. Photo by fellow demonstrator.

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