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Liturgy News
  • JST will host 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 15: Paul Janowiak, S.J.
JST Announcements
  • JST faculty, staff and students: In your SCU email account, please look for the invitation from Dean Joe Mueller to participate in an anonymous online survey to investigate the root causes of clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The survey is conducted by a group of SCU researchers, including JST Professor Julie Rubio. It will take 30-60 minutes to complete. Please submit it by April 30.
  • 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 with any questions.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Rebel Hearts
Set in 1960s Los Angeles, on the heels of Vatican II, the film REBEL HEARTS profiles the pioneering nuns of The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who challenged the Catholic patriarchy to advocate for themselves and the community they served. The sisters leveraged the Council to better answer their community's calls for social reform, racial justice, and gender equity. Their bold participation in activism, cultural arts, and women's empowerment challenged traditional gender norms and religious stereotypes. Convinced the convent was becoming too modern too quickly, the local hierarchy took actions to curtail the sisters' newly found empowerment. Undeterred, the group continued their resistance against oppressive church rules suppressing their fundamental human rights, created to command rigid obedience to church leaders rather than spiritual devotion. This documentary depicts their defiant stance against a patriarchal system that captured national attention and elevated conversations on women's roles in the church and broader American society. Showing April 8 - 10, 2021.
***Use the discount code FUTURE at checkout
to receive 10% off the purchase of a $10 ticket.*

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

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: 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.

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


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.

Pursuing Racial Justice in Grad School
4:00 p.m. PDT, via zoom
Ethnic Studies Department 15th Annual Alumni Speaker Series

Please join us as we welcome back six of our distinguished alumni who will share their experiences transitioning from undergraduate studies at SCU to graduate school and how they pursued work in racial justice through post graduate work.  We welcome students, staff, faculty, and friends who are interested in exploring what critically-minded racial and ethnic justice work might look like for those considering graduate school after SCU.
Difficult Digital Dialogues: Inclusive Language
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

Join the Office for Multicultural Learning and the Rainbow Resource Center for the first 3D: Digital Difficult Dialogue of the Spring Quarter! Student Inclusion Educators will discuss varying perspectives on how younger generations are altering the ways we communicate with one another with inclusive language.

Zoom information: 

Meeting ID: 952 3164 1197

Password: 103643

Faculty Piano Recital with Nicholas Dold
5:30 p.m. PDT, virtual streaming

SCU's Faculty Member Nicholas Dold will be performing a solo piano recital of Brahms, Haydn, and Shostakovich streamed right to you. Let this gorgeous music ignite your spring fever.

Ecological Spirituality: Reimagining Creation and Humanity's Place Within It
6:00 p.m. PDT, Hybrid event, Cole auditorium and zoom

Spiritual Life Community hosts Dr. Paul Schutz of the Religious Studies department for a conversation on an ecological spirituality. If you desire to attend this event in-person (very limited capacity), please register by copying and pasting the following link into your browser:

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.

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.

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. 

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.
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! 

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. 

"'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.

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.

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. 


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, starting April 6.
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)
The Catholic Church and the Role of Women in Church Leadership
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. PDT

Presented by the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action at Saint Mary's College of California, the panelists for this conversation (Bp. Michael Barber, Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, and Professor C. Vanessa White) will be joined by three SMC students, who will offer responses to the presentations. 

Film Screening: The Condor and the Eagle, Protectors of Sacred Places and Our Common Home
4:00 p.m. PDT

Catholic Climate Covenant feels blessed to host a screening and panel discussion of The Condor and the Eagle, a film highlighting how indigenous peoples and communities of color are protecting their peoples, and the air, land, waters, and beings upon which they depend and hold sacred, from profound threats. This event is inclusive, free to those who can't afford it. For all others, except for students who are not expected to donate, suggested donations on a sliding scale of $15-100 are requested in lieu of a flat ticket price. Your support will enable Sarah James to continue her life's mission in praise and protection of Creation.

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?

Othering & Belonging Conference: Summit
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

Join the Othering & Belonging Institute of UC Berkeley for a groundbreaking day of connection and big ideas for building a world based on belonging, justice, and care—for our communities, for our living planet, and for our future.

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.

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. 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

Part-Time Internship with Catholic Campaign for Human Development -- NEW!!

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 For questions about the internship, please contact the CCHD Diocesan Coordinator at (510) 768-3176 or Apply by April 24, 2021.

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

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

Call for Papers, Conference for the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience -- NEW!!

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 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

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: 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

First JST In-Person Liturgy since the Covid-19 Shutdown. James Ferus, S.J., STL student, presides. Photo by Lisa Hui.

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 encouraged to submit photos of events for the photo of the week.

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