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Liturgy News
  • Starting Thursday, April 8, 12:30 p.m., JST will host liturgy each Thursday in the Gesù Chapel at 12:30 p.m. PDT for JST students, staff and faculty only. The chapel allows for only 24 participants. Those wishing to attend must sign-up and follow the guidelines presented on the form. We also need lectors, ushers and sanitizing volunteers to sign up. Please sign up by 10:00 a.m. the day of the liturgy. If more than 24 sign up, we will contact you if we cannot accommodate you. The sign-up forms are available in In the Moodle course, "JST Community Life, Liturgy and Prayer", under Liturgy Past and Upcoming.
    • Presider: Thursday, April 8: James Ferus, S.J.
  • In the Moodle course, "JST Community Life, Liturgy and Prayer", under Holy Ground: Virtual Prayer Space, you are invited to pray the virtual Global Stations of the Cross, which takes you on a virtual journey around the globe, from Lahore to London to Little Rock, with works and podcasts by leading artists including Arabella Dorman, Dua Abbas & Jahanzeb Haroon, Jared Thorne, and Joyce Yu-Jean Lee. There is also a Polish tradition for Blessing Easter Baskets and the First Easter Meal to try with your families on Easter Sunday.  
  • In the Moodle course, "JST Community Life, Liturgy and Prayer", under Liturgy Past and Upcoming, you may join composer Dan Schutte for a virtual triduum: Three Days of Grace. You will find a link to livestream the SCU Easter Sunday Mass, April 4, 11:00 a.m. PDT here.
JST Announcements
  • Monday, April 5 – begins Early Registration for the Summer’21 term and for the  Fall’21 semester.  For Fall’21 you have two weeks (until Friday, April 16th) to register for fall courses.  (On that day Early Registration ends. After that, fall registration won’t open again until August 23.)  Look over the courses that are being offered both for Summer and Fall on the  GTU Course Schedule.  The summer schedule is under the year “2020-2021” and the fall schedule is under the year “2021-2022”.

    Please make an appointment with your faculty advisor as soon as possible to begin talking about what courses you would like to enroll in.  Also, check your eCampus “Tasks” tile to see if you have any holds that would prevent you from registering next week.

    If you’ve forgotten the process for registering, see the instructions:  How-to-Register. If you run into difficulties when registering, contact Jim Oberhausen at
  • Sandra Schneiders, IHM, JST professor emerita, will give a presentation, "Women Erased: Catholic Women, Feminism and a New Paradigm for Being Church," as part of the FutureChurch series, "Women Erased," on Tuesday, April 20, at 5 p.m. PDT.   See for full information.
  • COVID Relief Financial Assistance:  JST students who are U.S. citizens or who are eligible for federal public benefits may apply for CRRSA funding for financial assistance due to hardship related to COVID.   For full information on eligibility and the application process, see the following page:  and see the reference for "Group 2."  Please note that one must apply through eCampus, and that applications must be submitted from March 29 through April 16, 2021.
  • Food Insecurity:   Any JST student located in the U.S. who does not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food, may submit a request for assistance from the SCU Bronco Pantry, by filling out this form.
  • The GTU Annual Surjit Singh Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Karen Barkey, Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, on April 5, 12 p.m. PDT. RSVP to attend the lecture here.
  • JST will co-sponsor the following Bannan Forum, From Francis Xavier to Now: Interreligious Dialogue and the Jesuits in Japan, on April 13, 6:00 -7:30 pm PDT. Register here for the zoom link.
  • “Embracing the Community of Creation:  A Final Conversation on Faith, Animals, and Eco-Justice”:  JST M.Div. student Alyssa Moore hosts this discussion series on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. PST. There will not be a meeting during Holy Week. The last session will be on April 9, after Easter. Zoom Link
  • On Wednesday, April 21, noon-9:00 p.m. PST, you are invited to take part in the reading of Laudato Sí for SCU's tUrn week. You would read aloud for 20 minutes. If interested, please sign up here. Dean Mueller will read from 1:40-2:00.

Of Interest Elsewhere

Wrestling with Whiteness Training
This training sponsored by the Jesuits West Collaborative Organizing for Racial Equity (CORE) will create a shared understanding of whiteness, reflect on how it lives in us and shapes our lives, and utilize the gifts of Ignatian spirituality to prayerfully consider how we free ourselves to think and act outside of the dictates of white dominant culture. Participants will learn to articulate their own story of whiteness and analyze how their work is impacted by implicit bias and white supremacy, with a particular focus on how our faith institutions perpetuate these dynamics. Finally, participants will get equipped with tactics to train, organize and move other white people in the work of dismantling white supremacy.  

There will be about an hour of assigned prep-work for each session, a combination of readings, videos, prayer and reflection questions.
5 Thursdays after Easter: April 8, April 15, April 22, April 29 and May 6, 3:30-5:30pm PDT. Register here.

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 and Announcements

SCU in Quarantine: Our Pandemic Stories

The unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 12 months has brought forth unprecedented challenges and extraordinary change, while also providing opportunities for remarkable achievements and periods of stillness and reflection. Submit your short stories—in text or audio form, or through original artwork—to this digital time capsule. They will be housed in perpetuity in University Archives so that future historians may better understand how we got through this time, together yet apart. Submit your story here.

tUrn week at SCU

Spring 2021 tUrn4 will be April 19-23. 

HEADLINERS + RESOURCES + PARTNERS + U = tUrn for climate change!

tUrn is designed as a dynamic interplay of transformative headliner events, resources grouped by themes to spark conversation and action, and partners near and far who are making it all happen +, most importantly, U! 

Contemplate, converse, and activate new behaviors and actions to make a u-turn for the planet and future generations.

For the headliner events, see


Community Conversations: Supporting the LGBTQ+ community amid the current national landscape
12:00-1:15 p.m. PDT via zoom

Santa Clara University values and supports our LGBTQ+ community. In light of recent anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-trans state legislation, as well as the announcement by the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, we want to provide a supportive space to learn about and discuss these issues with our community of LGBTQ+ staff, faculty, students and alumni, as well as allies.

Please join us to hear from JST professor Dr. Lisa Fullam, alumnus and staff member Zsea Bowmani JD, staff member Dr. Joanna Thompson, and student Cassidy Basham, a Student Inclusion Educator with the Rainbow Resource Center. Join Zoom Here.

"White Freedom" with Tyler Stovall
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST via zoom

Join the discussion with author and historian Tyler Stovall on his book White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea, a global history of the relationship between freedom and race. Registration is free but required.

Using Fratelli Tutti to create the "new normal" for our World, our Church and our Country with Sr. Carol Keehan
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

Please join SCU's Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries in unpacking the wisdom of this encyclical letter of Pope Francis as we seek to discern our call in a post-pandemic world

COVID-19, Technology and the Human Spirit
10:30-11:45 a.m. PDT, via zoom

Join the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for a panel discussion on the COVID-19 epidemic and the global response.  The panel will examine a number of complex issues raised by Covid-19 around equality, human rights, and the value of various human groups and bodies, as these are marked by race, class, caste, or immigrant status.

AI/ML for Clinical Decision Making: Should Patients be Informed?
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT
The Urgency of Now: Responding to Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. PDT, online

Featured speaker Renee Tajima-Pena (UCLA) and faculty from across Santa Clara University respond to the rise in Anti-Asian violence that the U.S. has seen in recent months, sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Praying the Serenity Prayer Afternoon Retreat
1:30-4:30 p.m., PDT, online event

Fr. Andrew Rodriguez, S.J., from the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos and Sarah Bonini, Alumni Association Assistant Director, will guide us through listening, meditation, journaling and discussion to achieve the grace of being able to better accept the things we cannot change, have the courage to change the things we can, and possess the wisdom to know the difference.

An Examen for pastoral ministers discerning the needs of young people
6:30 p.m. PDT online

Come and discern the needs of youth and young adults in a communal Examen prayer with Campus Ministers JC Santos and Victor Lemus.

GTU News and Events

Sacred World Art Collection at the GTU
In 2014, the Institute for Aesthetic Development and F. Lanier Graham donated an extensive teaching collection of sacred objects to the Graduate Theological Union. This virtual exhibition features forty of the over 500 spiritual and ritual objects from the collection.
Summer 2021 Interreligious Research Grant: Madrasa-Midrasha Program

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund has provided funding to the GTU in support of the Madrasa-Midrasha Program, a collaborative interreligious effort co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies. We are pleased to announce research grants for GTU students (M.A. and Ph.D.) working on interreligious projects related to Judaism and/or Islam. Grants will range from $250 to $500 for individual projects and $500 to $1000 for joint projects, which are strongly encouraged. Proposals of no more than one single-spaced page (or not exceeding 500 words) along with a budget should be submitted to the Director of the Madrasa-Midrasha Program, Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala (, no later than Monday, April 5, 2021. For more information, see

Saturday Meditation

Meet weekly on Saturdays from noon - 1:15 p.m. PST for meditation led by GTU Ph.D. student, Stefan Waligur. It follows a format of chanting, prayer, silence and conversation (in large group and in break out rooms). All are welcome! 

Navigating Topographies of Belonging and Difference: Contemporary Shared Sacred Sites in the Mediterranean
12:00 p.m. PST, online

Dr. Karen Barkey of UCB will deliver the 2021 Surjit Singh Lecture. This lecture focuses on shared sacred sites, places that are holy for members of multiple religious groups, and how the participants in these sites mediate, negotiate, and come to accept difference. Drawing upon three summers of ethnographic research, she will examine the stories people tell about belonging to a space, and the stories of sharing that become embedded within the local culture.

Zotero Workshop
4:00-5:00 PDT, online

Learn to use this free citation management software to organize your research. It integrates with Microsoft Office to create an alphabetized bibliography in your choice of style, including Turabian. Held online in Zoom. Zoom meeting ID 510-649-2501. No RSVP required, join anytime. Questions? Email Stephanie, the branch librarian.

Pre-assignment: download Zotero 5.0 & the browser connector. 

An Exploration of Queer and Trans Ministry with the Transgender Seminarian Cohort: an Online CLGS Event
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. PDT, zoom

Members of the Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort, a group of trans and non-binary seminary students, will explore ministry and religious leadership in our current social and political climate.  Presenters will share their own individual callings and experiences in religious formation.  In addition they will discuss how the state of our world today, including continued anti-Black racism and the COVID-19 pandemic, has disproportionately impacted BIPOC and transgender and non-binary communities.

Student Seminar with Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst
2:00 p.m., Richard Dinner Center, GTU Library

Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, theologian, missiologist, educator, leader in theological formation for integral mission in Latin America and beyond will speak. No fee but registration required to acquire zoom link.

Fleeing the Hot Spots: Climate Change, Migration, and Mission
7:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, theologian, missiologist, educator, leader in theological formation for integral mission in Latin America and beyond will speak. No fee / No registration required

Race and Responsibility: A Conversation on Black-Jewish Relations and the Fight for Equal Justice
5:00 p.m. PDT online

How are the historical experiences of the Black and Jewish communities at once distinct and interconnected? Should we see efforts to combat racism and antisemitism as separate struggles? What are African Americans' and Jews' responsibilities to one another in America's current racial reckoning? In this conversation, Eric K. Ward, a leading expert on the relationship between racism, antisemitism, and authoritarian movements; and Michael Rothberg, an eminent scholar of historical exclusion and its legacies, will tackle these questions and other pressing matters in contemporary Black-Jewish relations. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Tina Sacks of the School of Social Welfare.

CLGS Lavender Lunch: "Drag and the Divine" with Mama Celeste
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. PDT via zoom

Mama Celeste (they/them), a Unitarian Universalist-raised preacher’s kid turned glamorous drag impresario, will speak about the history of queer performance as a method of manifesting the divine, as well as the many roles that performance plays within religious cultures.

14th Annual CLGS John E. Boswell Lecture with Lama Rod Owens
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. PDT via zoom

In our present day, when a politics of anger infuses every institutional and cultural sphere, Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger, will explore a radical re-envisioning of this timely topic as he addresses, in particular, those who feel called to metabolize or harness their anger for the purpose of transformation and change.

Poetry at the Edge of Belief
4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT

For National Poetry Month, join poet-pastors Elizabeth Robinson and Nate Klug for a reading and discussion at the intersection of poetry and belief. They’ll share some work by poets they admire, and talk about how poetic innovation might foster spiritual discovery, and vice versa.

The Doctrine of Atonement and Extraterrestrial Life with Junghyung Kim, GTU graduate
5:00 p.m. PDT, on zoom

If extraterrestrial intelligent life (ETI) exists, one of the greatest challenges to Christian faith will concern the doctrine of atonement. In fact, there are diverse models of atonement in the history of Christian thought. It will be very interesting to see which models of atonement could survive the discovery of ETI, and which turn out to be too anthropocentric and geocentric to be tenable. This thought experiment on the premise of the future discovery of ETI will shed light on several uncritical prejudices underlying traditional Christian doctrines and help reconstruct a Christian theology of atonement for an age of science, even if the premise never turns out to be true. Please email Melissa Moritz,, to register and receive the Zoom link. 

Conversations@cjs: Revelation and Contemporary Jewish Theology
noon PDT

Please join CJS for the final installment in our Spring "conversations@cjs" series on critical topics in the field of Jewish Studies. These online events will feature presentations from distinguished scholars along with facilitated dialogue and conversation.

This special event will feature Michael Fishbane (University of Chicago) in conversation with Sam Shonkoff (GTU).

Embodied Stories: Earth Day Celebration
12:45-1:45 p.m. PDT, zoom

To celebrate Earth Day, CARe is partnering with the GTU’s Women's Studies in Religion and the newly created Center for Climate Justice and Faith at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary to talk about climate justice and gender justice through the lens of the arts.

Borsch Rast Lecture: Dr. Devin Zuber
5:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce that Dr. Devin Zuber, Associate Professor of American Studies, Religion, and Literature at the GTU, has been awarded the fourth annual Borsch-Rast Book Prize and Lectureship for his 2019 monograph, A Language of Things: Swedenborg and the American Environmental Imagination (University of Virginia Press). 

Dr. Zuber will be in conversation with Dr. Joan Richardson, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, The Graduate Center, City University of New York and Dr. Timothy Morton, Rita Shea Guffey Professor of English, Rice University on April 22nd at 5:00pm. 


Community Events and Resources

Solidarity Toward the Common Good: Women Engaging the Catholic Social Tradition
The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition is proud to present a series of events celebrating the forthcoming book, Solidarity Toward the Common Good: Women Engaging the Catholic Social Tradition. Through diverse experiences, identities, and disciplinary approaches, the authors explore both how women have shaped the Catholic Social Tradition (CST) and how their voices have also been marginalized in CST. Each event explores CST with critical attention to intersectionality, exploring gendered dimensions of labor, family, migration, racism, healthcare, and non-violence. This series is scheduled for five Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm PST.
April 6: Religious Orders of Women Collaborating to Create Institutions of Solidarity, Mary Johnson and Patricia Talone
April 13: Women's Liberating Practice of Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice, Jeanette Rodriguez and Sharon Henderson Callahan
May 4: Womanist-splainin', Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes and Diana Hayes
May 11: Women's Work: What Counts in CST?, Kathleen Maas Weigert and Margarita M. Rose
May 18: Women, Migration, and Domestic Work in CST, Erin Brigham, Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Kristin E. Heyer and Gemma Cruz. (this one only, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. PST)
Good Friday Choral Evensong with St. Timothy's Choral Scholars
8:00 p.m. PDT via youtube

Good Friday Choral Evensong directed by Darita Seth in Danville, CA. The choral works range from Gregorio Allegri's Miserere  to contemporary Christian. The livestream will become a video at this same link after the concert.

God of the Outcast Conference: A Graduate Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Catholic Theology
April 6 - 10

Join Gaudete, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry's LGBTQ+ and ally group, for their spring 2021 conference. The conference features keynote speaker, Dr. Linn Marie Tonstad, from Yale University, as well as paper presentations from multiple graduate institutions. The conference seeks to carve out space to reimagine and reappropriate dynamic theologies of God in light of issues of gender and sexuality, with an eye always to the outcast.

Sacred Land, Sacred Spaces: Catholic Climate Covenant webinar
11:00 a.m., zoom

In the spirit of encounter and of Laudato Si’, the Catholic Climate Covenant invites you to this webinar featuring Deborah Echo-Hawk, Ronnie O’Brien, and Nikki Cooley and the dedication they share to the well-being of Native American tribal nations and peoples, and the lands, territories and cultures they hold sacred.

Asian Americans: Facing Hate, Fighting for Justice and Shaping the American Story, A Conversation with Renee Tajima-Peña and Helen Zia
1:00 p.m. PDT, livestream

Two outspoken, activist Asian American women speak their minds about anti-Asian racism and misogyny in the current climate of hate—and how they seek to build multiracial, multicultural unity to address white supremacy and sexism.

Renee Tajima-Peña is an award-winning filmmaker whose work focuses on immigrant communities, race, gender and social justice. Helen Zia is a noted author and activist on social justice issues ranging from civil rights and gender equality to countering homophobia and hate violence. Sliding scale: $5-25. Must register to receive a link to the livestream.

Women Erased: Catholic Women, Feminism and a New Paradigm for Being Church with Sr. Sandra Schneiders
5:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

Sandra Schneiders, IHM will explore questions surrounding feminism’s role and efficacy in the Catholic Church today.

Where have Catholic feminism(s)  and Catholic feminists made inroads?  What more can be accomplished? 

Does feminism, in general, and religiously committed feminism make a positive contribution to the future of the human family and our universe, or is it destined to be suppressed or fade away, leaving the world still structured by patriarchy, torn by violence, divided between the have and have nots, and driven by individualism, greed, and hedonism?

Care for Creation is our Soul Work
April 23-35, 4:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT Live at San Damiano in Danville or zoom

As a celebration of Earth Day we will reflect upon how Laudato Si leads us to our soul work in the world.  Are there times you wish you were more connected to your life’s purpose?  Are you seeking the meaning of being alive in this challenging time?  What does it mean to follow Jesus today?

Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher are founders of Canticle Farm, an intentional community in Oakland, California experimenting at the intersection of faith, social justice, and Earth-based activism.  

Retreat both in house at San Damiano, 710 Highland Drive, Danville, and on zoom. Sliding scale fee.

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship for Women Discerning Priestly Ordination

Scholarship applications are open to women and non-binary persons enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate or graduate studies program, or relevant coursework. To be eligible the candidate must be enrolled or participate in at least one class or significant volunteer ministry of comparable scope that they believe would forward the discernment of their call to a life in ordained ministry.  This scholarship is primarily directed to women and non-binary people who wish to be ordained Catholic priests (including Ecumenical Catholic and Roman Catholic Women Priests). Secondarily it is open to those who are seeking priestly ordination in other denominations. Applications are accepted through April 29, 2021. For more information, see

Call for Papers, Toronto School of Theology Graduate Students' Association Conference

The conference, "Traditioning Sources for Contemporary Theological Engagement," is seeking abstract submissions from graduate level students currently enrolled in masters or doctoral programs. Proposals are due Monday, April 5, with the conference being held virtually on June 11, 2021. All inquiries can be directed to

Call for Papers: Science, Faith and Religious Life

This special issue of Review for Religious will treat science, faith, and religious life. Manuscripts on any aspect of this topic will be considered. Of particular interest are essays that treat the challenges of religious education in an age of
science. How, for instance, can we meet the challenges in evangelizing those who seem indifferent to the great questions about the meaning of life and assume that contemporary science alone is sufficient? All submissions must be received by June 15, 2021. For more information, see

Pre-gathering for Lenten Reconciliation Service, presiders, Silvana Arevalo and Joel Thompson, S.J. 3/30/21. Screenshot by Joel Thompson, S.J.

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