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Liturgy News
  • JST hosts liturgy each Thursday in the Gesù Chapel at 12:40 p.m. PDT for JST students, staff and faculty only. The chapel allows for 25 participants, including presider and ministers. Those wishing to attend must register by 10 a.m. on Thursday, following the guidelines presented on the registration form. If more than 25 register, we will contact you if we cannot accommodate you. We also need lectors, ushers, and sanitizing helpers. To volunteer, sign up on the separate Ministry sign-up sheet.  Both the registration form and the ministry sign-up sheet are posted in the the Moodle course, "JST Community Life, Liturgy and Prayer", in the tile, Liturgy Past and Upcoming.
    • Presider: Thursday, April 29: John Lee, C.P.
JST Announcements
  • April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m PDT
    JST MDiv student, Elise Dubravec, is facilitating the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition of the University of San Francisco discussion series to explore the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences in light of women’s experiences and voices. Full information and Registration
  • Associate Professor Anh Tran, S.J. will present for the Ricci Scholars’ Study Lecture Series (University of San Francisco) on Thursday, May 13, 7:00 a.m. PDT, "The Impact of Catholic Literature on the Faith Identity of Vietnamese Believers in Pre-modern Vietnam (1620-1900)." Sign up here.
  • JST's student journal New Horizons is seeking academic papers, pastoral reflections, and art from graduate students on themes of welcoming the stranger in Fratelli tutti, ranging from climate change to crises of migration and economySubmissions are accepted on a rolling basis and are due by May 28, 2021, to be published in August 2021. Please find the full Call for Papers here and email newhorizonsjst@scu.edu with any questions.
  • JST will honor our 2021 graduates in a virtual Commencement ceremony of prayer, reflection, acknowledgement, and conferral of degrees on Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. PDT.  See here for more information, including the livestream link.

    Watch for further information on liturgies in celebration of our graduates.


Of Interest Elsewhere

A Virtual Academic Lecture Series at the Ricci Institute

Thursdays, May 6, 13, and 20, 7:00 a.m. PDT

The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco presents the Ricci Scholars’ Study Lecture Series 利氏學仁書齋系列講座 for the 2021 Spring Semester. This series continues our goal to promote research and the study of the history of Christianity in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam by inviting specialists from across the world to share their research through virtual lectures. JST's Rev. Anh Tran, S.J. will present on May 13.

The presentations include:

May 6: Luís Fróis’s História de Japam: New Interpretations, Dr. Javier Takamura, University of Oxford. 

May 13: The Impact of Catholic Literature on the Faith Identity of Vietnamese Believers in Pre-modern Vietnam (1620-1900) by Rev. Anh Tran, S.J., Associate Professor of Theology, Jesuit School of Theology

May 20: Sources and History: Some Archival Collections in the Study of the History of Christianity in China, Japan, and Korea, by Rev. Dr. M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., Associate Professor, University of San Francisco; Dr. Hongyan Xiang, Associate Professor, Colorado State University; Dr. Franklin Rausch, Associate Professor, Lander University.

 


JST Events

Aug
4
Zoom GTU Library Orientation
8:30am
Aug
30
JST Orientation Week
All Day
Aug
31
JST Orientation Week
All Day
Sep
1
JST Orientation Week
All Day
Sep
2
JST Orientation Week
All Day
Sep
3
JST Orientation Week
All Day
Sep
10
Mass of the Holy Spirit and Welcome Back BBQ
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Rainbow Resource Center's 7th Annual Queer Film Festival
April 25, 26 and 27, 5:30 p.m. PDT
Tuesday, a screening of A Jihad for Love
Wednesday, a screening of 3 shorts: Love the Sinner, What Are You?, and Gaysians
Thursday, a screening of Brother Outsider
 
To read more about the films we are screening and register for any or all of the screenings, please visit  http://scupresents.org to get your virtual seat!
Gift of Peace Retreat (3 part zoom series)
- "Disturb our Peace" (Zoom): Saturday, April 24, 11:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
- "Give Us This Day" (Zoom): Saturday, May 8, 11:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
- "Gift of Peace" (Zoom): Saturday, May 22, 11:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
 
Join us for this Spring's Gift of Peace Retreat, which will be a three-part online series of retreats designed to contemplate the presence of peace in our lives. As we continue to engage with the reality and transitions of COVID in our lives, we are invited to reconnect with ourselves and our world in a new way. During this retreat series, we'll explore the theme of peace through an Ignatian lens, reflecting on our story and the larger story we are invited into at this time. We'll spend time considering matters of desire, hope, attachment, freedom and fear. Each retreat session will include a guided reflection, small and large group conversation and prayer. Should you have any questions, feel free to email, Victor Lemus (Campus Minister for Retreats) at: vlemus@scu.edu. Sign up here.
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.

Apr
23
Agroecology, Food Justice and Food System Change at SCU
5:00-6:15 p.m. PDT, online

A presentation by the Environmental Justice and Common Good Initiative- Food and Climate Justice Program

Apr
24
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.

Apr
26
Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turini: They're Calling Me Home
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Join us for a concert livestreamed from Ireland, where the artists live when they aren’t on tour. At home since March 2020 due to the pandemic, the two expats found themselves drawn to the music of their native and adoptive countries of America, Italy, and Ireland during lockdown. 

Apr
26
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.

Apr
27
What Makes Systemic Racism Systemic
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. PDT

Join the SCU Sociology Department and Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva of Duke University as he discusses the perseverance and manifestation of racist attitudes in the U.S. today.

Apr
28
The Opposite of Virtue: Why Companies Misbehave
12:00 p.m. PDT, livestream

Ann Skeet, senior director, leadership ethics, is joined by business ethics interns Isabella Draskovic ’21 and junior Jonathan Sampson to interview Kirk Hanson, senior fellow and former executive director at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics about Hanson’s recent book, and the ethics of corporate misconduct.

Apr
28
Miah Jeffra: The Violence Almanac Reading
6:00 p.m. PDT, via zoom

We are excited to announce Miah Jeffra is releasing, The Violence Almanac. Join us for a reading of their work. You can pre-order the book here: https://blacklawrencepress.com/books/the-violence-almanac/. For more about Jeffra, visit their website here.

Apr
29
Combatting Anti-Asian Hate: Past, Present, and Future of Asian American Activism
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT

How do anti-Asian violence and Asian American activism show up throughout history? How is it possible to sustain activism when racism, sexism, classism, among other “-isms” are so deeply embedded and interconnected? Journalist, writer, and activist Helen Zia shares insights from her extraordinary life and career in an interview with SCU Professor Sherry Wang, PhD of Counseling Psychology.

Apr
30
Pushing into the Blue
April 30 and May 1, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. PDT, May 2, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. PDT

Experience a new devised digital piece exploring the climate crisis written and performed by SCU students. 

May
6
New Religions and the Mediation of Non-Monogamy
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT
Please join CAH Faculty Fellow Michelle Mueller (Religious Studies) in celebration of her forthcoming book, New Religions and the Mediation of Non-Monogamy: Polyamory, Polygamy, and Reality Television (Routledge).
May
13
Racial Justice in a Global Context
noon-1:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

As part of our 2020-21 Global Community Hour series, our Spring Quarter panel will explore Racial Justice in a Global Context.

May
13
Writing with Joy: A Conversation on Pop Culture
4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT

Join R. Eric Thomas, national best-selling author, and Dr. Danielle Morgan, assistant professor of English at SCU, as they talk about why pop culture matters and writing about current events with joy and rigor.

May
13
The Ethics of Local Listening: Practicing Moral Theology as Accompaniment and Solidarity with Meghan Clarke
5:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

Please join SCU's Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries in understanding the ethics of local listening and how it impacts our call to accompaniment and solidarity. Meghan Clarke is an associate professor of Theology at St. John's University in NY.

May
18
Workshop for SCU in Quarantine: Our Pandemic Stories
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PDT
May
19
Understanding Everyday Racism to Move Toward Racial Equity with Dr. Lindsay Pérez Huber
4:00 p.m. PDT

Utilizing the tool of racial microaggressions, Dr. Lindsay Pérez Huber provides an understanding of how everyday and systemic racism emerges in schools, colleges, and universities, and how it negatively impacts Students of Color. She provides strategies to disrupt everyday racism and what institutions need to consider to move toward racial equity.

May
21
Workshop for SCU in Quarantine: Our Pandemic Stories
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT

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. https://www.gtu.edu/sacred-world/#welcome
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! 

Apr
27
"'Clobber the Passages': Queer People and the Seven Deadly Biblical Verses" with Mel White
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. PDT, zoom

For centuries, evangelicals who read the Bible have literally misused seven verses to convince the world that homosexuality is a sin and that homosexuals are sinners. Those verses have forced many LGBTQ+ persons to live their lives under a cloud of shame and guilt.

In his recently-published book Clobber the Passages, Mel White doesn’t bother to explain the verses again. That’s been done a thousand times. Instead, he blows away that dark cloud by celebrating the truth learned from America’s leading mental and physical health professionals.

In this Lavender Lunch Mel White discusses Clobber the Passages and presents LGBTQ+ people in a healthy new light that banishes that dark cloud of guilt and shame that hangs over too many queer people’s lives.

Apr
29
Inaugural Lecture for the Taube Family Chair in Jewish Studies featuring Sam Shonkoff
12:00 p.m. PDT

Join us for the Inaugural Lecture for the Taube Family Chair in Jewish Studies given by Taube Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies Sam Shonkoff titled “Gender in Martin Buber’s Hasidic Tales.” The event will feature introductory words by GTU leadership and Tad Taube, founder and chairman of Taube Philanthropies, as well as a response by Dr. Judith Plaskow, professor emerita of religious studies at Manhattan College.

Apr
29
Zotero Workshop
3:00-4:00 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. 

May
2
CLGS: Queer Jews: A Twentieth Anniversary Symposium in Memory of David Schneer
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. PDT

20 year after the publication of the book "Queer Jews," the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) is hosting a symposium in honor of the role the book played in re-imagining the American and global Jewish worlds, and in memory of co-editor David Schneer’s many gifts and contributions to queer Jewish life.

May
2
The Radical Jewish Union Sit-In at the SF Jewish Federation: 50 Years Later
11:00 a.m. PDT via zoom

Nearly 50 years ago, the members of the Berkeley-based Radical Jewish Union (RJU) staged a Sit-In at the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco to advocate for much more robust community support of Jewish Education. The 50th anniversary of “The Sit-In for Jewish Education” will serve as the springboard for a virtual program that will encompass major developments in the field over the past 50 years (specifically in the Bay Area Jewish community, but also in the US in general and in Israel) and some reflections about future trends. 

May
6
An Interfaith Prayer Service for the National Day of Prayer
11:30 a.m. PDT, on zoom

The Interreligious Chaplaincy Program invites students, faculty, staff, friends and family to this virtual prayer service. This online event will highlight blessings, songs, prayers and ceremonies from a variety of world religious traditions. 

May
6
Art Break with Rev. Dionne Carter
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT online

GTU Doctor of Ministry Student Rev. Dionne Carter will be leading our last Art Break of the semester! Rev. Carter will discuss her own art practice and how it has been shaped by her academic research and study.

May
11
CLGS Lavender Lunch: "Sexuality, Gender, and Power in Traditional IFÁ Religion and Its Diasporic Renditions" with Ọyasùúrù Ifáwárìnwa
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. PDT via zoom

In this Lavender Lunch Ọyasùúrù Ifáwárìnwa, an Iyanifa (an initiated IFA priest), discusses understandings of sexuality, gender, and play in Ifá, a Yoruba religion.  Drawing upon the ancient and vibrant proverbs, poems, and stories of the Ifá tradition, Ọyasùúrù Ifáwárìnwa will explore some of the ways in which gender, sexuality, and play interact in this ancient, rich, and living religious tradition.

May
11
Urgency for Intersectional Justice: Amplifying Women's Studies in Religion as a Faith-Driven Pathway
4:00 p.m. PDT, zoom

This lecture is aimed to focus a positive light on Women's Studies as a pathway or focus area of specialization that many graduate schools might have; yet are we under-utilizing this opportunity, even at the GTU?! 

May
19
Madrasa-Midrasha| Psychoanalysis in Judaism and Islam
noon PDT

Join us for a conversation on Psychoanalysis in Judaism and Islam. Details will be forthcoming soon.


Audience

Community Events and Resources

7th Annual Bay Area Book Festival

The Bay Area Book Festival will be virtual online from  May 1 - 9. 

From a civil rights activist who wrote what Van Jones called “the book we have been waiting for,” to a Nobel laureate known as “an artist without ego,” to some of the most subversive and spellbinding award-winners on the literary scene, there’s something for every taste, mood, and brand-new beginning.

The 2021 festival lineup is here! Grab your festival passes, register for our free events, and join some of the most exciting authors today! Check it out here!

Women’s Experiences and the Jesuit Mission: Discerning the Next 10 Years
April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m PDT
JST MDiv student, Elise Dubravec, is facilitating the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition of the University of San Francisco discussion series to explore the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences in light of women’s experiences and voices. Each week, participants are welcome to join this virtual, lunchtime discussion to share their thoughts, opinions, and feelings about the UAP presented. Before the discussion, recommended reading material is provided for context and directing conversation. Participants are welcome to bring lunch or snacks!
 
Register HERE.
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, starting April 6.
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)
Apr
23
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.

Apr
29
Berkeley Rep Film: The Waves in Quarantine
6:00 p.m. PDT

On April 29 Berkeley Rep will launch an ambitious new work: The Waves in Quarantine, a project consisting of six short films that meditates on friendship, loss, and the making of art in this world-changing year, based on a musical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s 1931 masterpiece. What’s more, The Waves in Quarantine is absolutely free to view. All that’s required is your RSVP.

May
2
Together in Unity: Cantare Con Vivo's Spring Virtual Concert
4:00 p.m. PDT via youtube
This year’s spring concert will feature the Chorale, Chamber Ensemble and Cantare Youth Singers in four all-new recordings, including “O Perfect Love” and “Sir Duke”, as well as favorite past performances. Highlights from Cantare's virtual classrooms will be shared and graduating high school seniors will be honored. JST staff members Paul Kircher and Mary Beth Lamb are performing. Subscribe to Cantare's YouTube channel or join their email list to receive the concert link as soon as it is available!

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Call for Papers: Teaching Religion & Theology -- NEW!!

Teaching Theology & Religion encourages all members of the GTU community to contribute to upcoming volumes of the journal.

Co-editors Drs. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero (PhD ’15) and Jennifer W. Davidson (PhD ’11) are looking for full articles (4,000 to 7,000 words), In the Classroom essays about concrete teaching practices (up to 3000 words), Teaching Tactics on a specific repeatable practice (400 words), or reviews. More information on submitting articles is available here.

Part-Time Internship with Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Diocese of Oakland's Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) office is looking for someone to fill a CCHD Internship that entails 13-14 hours per week for the 2021-22 school year. The job description can be found at www.cchdeastbay.org. For questions about the internship, please contact the CCHD Diocesan Coordinator at (510) 768-3176 or mmckimmey@cceb.org. Apply by April 24, 2021.

Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist, part-time, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA

St Ignatius Parish is seeking a part-time Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist to be the primary liturgical accompanist for 3-4 weekend Masses, special liturgies (e.g. Holy Week and Christmas), weddings and funerals. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished instrumentalist (both piano and organ experience) and vocalist, with outstanding communication and organizational skills. Ultimately the CLA is a person who can work with musicians of all skill levels to produce an excellent liturgical outcome, a person able to build relationships and trust among all the musicians they encounter in a variety of situations.  

For more details, go to https://www.stignatiussf.org/post/job-opportunity-collaborative-liturgical-accompanist

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 https://www.womensordination.org/programs/scholarship/

Call for Papers

Theology and Pop Culture is currently seeking contributions for a potential edited volume of essays, Theology and Protest Music, to be published by Lexington Books/Fortress Academic (imprints of Rowman & Littlefield), on theology from various faiths connected with protest music of various popular genres.  Essays should be written for academics, but avoid jargon in order to be accessible for the layperson.  Women and people of color are particularly encouraged to contribute. This is an ecumenical and interreligious book series in which LGBTQ+ persons are affirmed and welcomed. Authors are invited from various fields, including theology, religious studies, ethnomusicology, anthropology, sociology, and critical media studies; and musicians are welcome contributors. Proposed abstracts are due by May 1, 2021. Details are available at https://popularcultureandtheology.com/2021/02/24/call-for-papers-theology-and-protest-music/

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 http://www.reviewforreligious.com/callforpapers/

Call for Papers, Conference for the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience

The conference, "In the Shadows of Religious Experience: Hostility, Violence, Revenge," a webinar hosted by the University of Vienna, will take place online Oct. 6-8, 2021. Please submit papers of no more than 600 words, formatted for anonymous review, before July 10, 2021. Enclose your biographic information in the body of the email. Send the paper to vienna2021@sophere.org. You should receive a response acknowledging your submission. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by July 20, 2021. For more information on the webinar, click here

Congratulations to Aris Martin, S.V.D at his dissertation defense with committee members, Eduardo Fernández, S.J., Ricky Manalo, C.S.P. and Stephen Bevans, S.V.D., April 19. Screenshot by Mey Saechao.

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