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Join us for the First Soup Supper of the Year after the 5:15 Mass on Tuesday, September 10, followed by an Introduction to "Spiritual Direction at JST" with Fr. George Murphy, SJ.

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Liturgy News
  • Friday, Sept. 6, Mass of the Holy Spirit: Marty Connell, SJ, Rector of the Jesuit Community, will preside and Interim Dean Alison Benders will preach. 
  • On Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:15, we will have Mass in Spanish. 
  • On Thursday, Sept. 12, Evening Prayer, 5:15 in Gesu Chapel. 
  • Please sign up for liturgical ministries at the following link. (Open link from your account.) Note that if you would like to serve as an acolyte but have not done it here before, James Ferus, SJ, will lead a training on Tuesday, September 17 after Soup Supper in the Chapel. If you have any questions about liturgical ministries, please contact Sebastian Budinich,, Liturgy Coordinator. 
Presider Schedule Week of September 9-14
Monday, 9/9:  8:00am Das
Tuesday, 9/10: 8:00am Cu Pham  5:15pm Janowiak
Wednesday, 9/11: 8:00am Cuong  5:15pm Fernandez
Thursday, 9/12: 8:00am Atsikin  5:15pm Jewett
Friday, 9/13: 8:00am Nyamayaro  5:15pm Atsikin
Saturday, 9/14: 8:30am Leveil

JST Announcements
  • Waiver deadline for SCU health insurance: Tuesday, September 10.
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, September 13, 5:00pm.
  • 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
  • Save the Date! Tuesday, September 24 at 6:45pm, panel presentation for the new JST faculty book, Doing Theology as If People Mattered: Encounters in Contextual Theology, with former JST President Joe Daoust, SJ. 
  • Please indicate your contact information for the 2019-20 directory on the Photo Directory Authorization Form. If you do not fill out the form, we will put in your name, school ID photo, degree program and scu email address. If you prefer we use a photo other than your school photo ID, please send a color photo headshot to

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 

University Convocation
4:00pm, Mayer Theater
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

Playing the Part: Masks and the Performance of Identity in Iron Age Cyprus
5:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

Dr. Erin Walcek Averett, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University, NE  reevaluates the evidence for masking rituals in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Cyprus through close analysis of archaeological contexts to reconstruct masked performances. Although many of the masks reveal similarities to Levantine examples, the present evidence suggests a dynamic interplay of local and foreign customs between the two regions. The richness of masks on Cyprus underscores the long tradition of masking on the island and allows us to reconstruct partially the social and religious significance of masking ceremonies. 

Art and Discussion Group
12:30pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2635 Le Conte 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. Each session will feature a different theme and a different creative project, but we would like people to commit to all sessions, ideally (October 11 and November 8 besides September 13). All are welcome!

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.


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

FASPE fellowship, summer of 2020 - NEW!!

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

Receptionist - NEW!!

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 - NEW!!

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

New JST students at SCU main campus with President Kevin O'Brien, SJ.  Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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Phone: 510-549-5029