Trouble viewing this email? Read it online.

This message is clipped. Scroll down to bottom left and click on "View entire message." 

This is the last issue of Magis for 2020. Magis will resume publication on Friday, January 29, 2021.


Thumbnail image
Liturgy News

Our main Advent liturgy will be a celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday evening, December 11, at 5:15 p.m. PST.  All are welcome to stay for some social time following the liturgy.   See more information here.

JST Announcements
  • The JST Building and Offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday from 2:00 p.m. PST, Wednesday, December 23 - 8:30 a.m. PST, Monday, January 4. 
  • JST students/faculty staff: Please send photos!  
    Dianna Gallagher,  JST Director of External Relations, is collecting photos for an upcoming fundraising appeal. Please email any pictures of you serving, ministering, teaching, studying, distance-socializing, praying, worshipping, and virtually connecting during the shelter-in-place, illustrating how you have adapted your ministry, your study and teaching, your prayer and worship, and your social practices to meet the needs of this time.  Please send photos to by December 18.
  • Check out the courses for the January Intersession, including Levi Checketts's course, CE-8910, Finding God in a Digital World (particularly during this time of a global pandemic!). The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3:30 p.m. PST.
  • If you are interested in viewing the GTU CPE virtual recording from Oct. 21, please contact Mary Beth Lamb at
  • There is a JST student employment opening in the Instituto Hispano/ Hispanic Institute.  It is posted here - scroll down to Student Employment.   The job requirements have changed since this was last posted.
  • As part of JST’s commitment to anti-racist action, the JST Student Life Office is offering a book club that examines closely the work of the African-American liberation theologian, James H. Cone, in his work, The Cross and the Lynching Tree. In this personal recounting of black religious experience, Cone argues "that the cross placed alongside the lynching tree can help us to see Jesus in America in a new light, and thereby empower people who claim to follow him to take a stand against white supremacy and every kind of injustice." We plan to discuss this book in small groups for four weeks, from mid-January to mid-February. The book is available for free as an ebook (unlimited users) that you can check out from the SCU library. Please fill out this form by December 16 if you are interested in participating in and/or facilitating a group.  

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Campus Ministry Ignatian Retreat
Dec. 19-23 (This retreat is currently full, but they are accepting applications for the wait list)
Our Ignatian Virtual Retreat Week will invite us to consider the movements of our lives– the joys and tears, hopes and fears– and help us to discern the life offered to us. The retreat will begin with a 90 minute Zoom session that will take place Saturday, December 19 from 11am-12:30pm (Pacific Standard Time), and will be followed with daily emailed reflections, as well as guided individual spiritual direction (via Zoom or phone) through the course of 5 days, Saturday, December 19- Wednesday, December 23. At the conclusion of our retreat week, we will again come together via Zoom, to share the fruits of our time. To register and for detailed information, click here.
SCU Library Book Picks

Reading an interesting book? Want to share one of your favorite reads? The SCU Library is collecting book suggestions to share with the SCU community on its social media platforms! Recommend a book using the Google Form: Book Picks Form!

Advent Mini-Retreat
4:00-5:30 p.m. PST via zoom

Fr. Jack Treacy ’77 will help us to take a break from the holiday season rush and remind us of the reason for the season. 

"Blest are You" with Diana Butler Bass
5:00 p.m. PST online

Diana Butler Bass (Ph.D. Duke University) is an award-winning author and internationally known public speaker and thought leader on issues of spirituality, religion, culture, and politics. She is the author of ten books, the most recent being Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks in which she offers suggestions for reclaiming gratitude that can lead to greater connection with God, our loved ones, our world, and even ourselves.

What's Next for White House Coverage? Trump, Biden and the Future of US Political Reporting
10:00-11:00 a.m. PST, via Livestream

GTU News and Events

GTU Library News

The GTU library is now open to reservations for 2-hour blocks of quiet study, using your scu or gtu email addresses when you make the reservation. For instructions on how to reserve a spot and what to expect, click here. You will still be able to access the library's resources remotely. You will need your SCU ID number for checking out materials, unless you have a GTU library card from the past, in which case you can use that bar code. Please note that reference librarians are only available via chat or email at from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday Meditation

Meet weekly on Thursdays from noon - 1:15 p.m. PST for meditation led by GTU Ph.D. student, Stefan Waligur. It follows a format of chanting, silence and conversation. All are welcome! 

Join Zoom Meeting:

Interfaith Community Grief Ceremony
9:45 a.m. PST

To mark the final day of our 16-week Spirituality and Bereavement class, and to honor the losses that so many have experienced due to Covid, our students are hosting a community grief ceremony. We will share songs, readings, rituals and sacred practices from a variety of spiritual traditions to help us focus on healing and restoration during these difficult times.  Please bring a candle to light as part of the ceremony. You may also want to bring a personal symbolic item that represents your spiritual journey. 


CLGS Queer and Latinx Faith Conversations: A Matter of Faith: A Panel Discussion Among Young Latinx Queer Folx
noon to 1:00 p.m. PST

In this ONLINE panel discussion Florinda Cano, Maria Del Pilar (PILI) Lopez-Saavedra, and Santana Sankofa explore questions of faith, especially in terms of the way that faith and art contribute to their sense of belonging and wholeness in inclusive faith communities.

Four Identities in Shakyamuni's Last Life: A Re-examination of Early Buddhist Images
noon - 1:00 p.m. PST

Join via zoom for CARe's last event of the semester. Dr. Dessi Vendova, Post-Doctoral Fellow in East Asian Art & Religion, will discuss her research on Buddhist imagery from India, Central Asia, and China. By examining several early textual versions of the Buddha’s life (extant in Sanskrit, Pali and Chinese), Dr. Vendova proposes a new approach and novel interpretive outlook to image identification of early Buddhist images. Please email to RSVP for this event.


Community Events and Resources

Advent Simplicity Challenge

November 29-December 24
As we prepare our hearts for Advent, join the Advent Simplicity Challenge, sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Learn ways to care for people and the planet and to live simply in a season that is normally filled with mass-consumption. Sign up at:

Advent of Liberation: Calendar of Reflections

GTU Ph.D. student and JST affiliate, Mark Guevarra, invites you to subscribe to "Advent of Liberation: Journeying to Find Emmanuel." This calendar of reflections brings together voices from across faith perspectives to share their experiences of Emmanuel — God with us. Advent is often a time of drawing-inward that mimics the patterns of staying inside that we embody during winter, and we want to share this calendar as a resource to encourage the reflection that can accompany this turning-in time. Over the course of Advent, you will hear from these voices (including students, staff, and alumni from JST and the GTU) by reading inspiring reflections and engaging images, art, video, and song. For more information or to sign up for the Advent reflections go to:

Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce Posadas
Dec. 15 - 23
The annual Mission San Jose Chamber of Commerce Posadas will be presented via zoom at 7:00 PST each evening. Advanced registration is required by noon, the day of the performance. You can register at You will be registered for all performances and can attend any or all evenings. A link to the Zoom event will be emailed to registered attendees. Attendance is limited to 100 per night. Here is the schedule of events.
Virtual Posadas: Encountering Hope

December 16-24
From December 16-24, join the Ignatian Solidarity Network in a daily virtual experience of music, art, prayer, reflection, and action as we journey with the holy family and migrants around the world in search of shelter and protection. Sign up here:

Radiant Splendor: 2020 Christmas Festival of Chamber Choirs
4:00 p.m. PST via youtube
Returning for its 5th year, the Christmas Festival of Chamber Choirs offers a fully virtual experience for this year's concert. Come and witness the technological victory accomplished by 5 ensembles as they continue to find ways of connecting and singing with each other. 2020 has been full of difficult surprises, and we hope that this program will bring a little bit of light.

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Religious Studies Position at Bishop O'Dowd High School, Oakland -- New!!

Bishop O’Dowd High School is seeking candidates for a high school Religious Studies teacher for the 2021 Spring Semester. This is a full-time position, teaching five sections each semester and participating in the O’Dowd community. For more information, click here

Long-Term Sub Position at St. Francis High School, Sacramento, CA
St. Francis High School announces a part-time long term sub position for Freshman Theology, January - June, 2021. It would most likely just be 2 days a week in a hybrid model, with some students coming on campus one day a week and some not coming on campus at all.  It is currently not posted to the website but the general employment application and information is here. Lizzy Fahey, MDiv student who currently teaches at St. Francis, is happy to answer any questions for someone who is interested. She can be reached at
Outreach and Communications Program Associate

The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative of Sebastopol, CA seeks to fill a part-time hourly position. See the Outreach and Communications Program Associate, Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative job description for details.

Part-Time Position as Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation

St. Agnes Church in San Francisco is looking to hire a part-time Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation. Job Description: Pastoral Associate, St. Anselm, Sudbury, MATo Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and two professional references to

Call for Papers: Pandemic and Religion

The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College will be host a virtual graduate conference on the theme: "Pandemic and Religion" on Feb. 27. They invite proposals from graduate and professional students in any discipline.  More information can be found on the Facebook announcement. Abstracts are due on December 15 and should be sent to  Please direct any questions to the Boisi Center's graduate research assistant, Zac Karanovich:

Call for Papers, Journal of Interreligious Studies

Interreligious Perspectives on Contemporary US Politics: (Inter)Religion in Social Movements, Political Organizing, and the Ballot Box

Religion has historically played a central role in American electoral politics, policymaking, movements for social change, and democracy in general; this role remains to this day. Religious institutions, communities, ideas, values, norms, and critique continue to shape individual Americans, party platforms, and the larger political discourse. The impact of religion on contemporary politics, in particular the 2016 and 2020 election cycle, is evidence that religious discourse shapes—and increasingly is shaped by—political discourse in the United States.

Dowload full call for papers here.

The deadline of 8 January 2021 is intended to allow contributors the option to reflect on their research both before and/or after the November 2020 General Election.  If you wish to contribute, please submit your article via the online submissions platform at, and make a note in the comments that it is for this CFP. Contact Axel Takacs (Editor-in-Chief) at with any inquiries. Submissions are due by 8 January 2021.

Call for Papers: Open Theology

CALL FOR PAPERS (click to download) for a topical issue of Open Theology: Phenomenology of Religious Experience V: (Ir)Rationality and Religiosity During Pandemics in collaboration with the Society for the  Phenomenology of Religious Experience. Given the astounding denials of both trivial-ontic-empirical  and scientific facts of epidemics and the gripping realities of global misinformation, the relationship between the reason—in action, politics, press, local decision-making—and the subjective dimension of religiosity  stand out  in this new light, calling for phenomenological reporting and reflection, which must precede the care and the cure.  While religious experience has been shown to have emancipatory value and enhance resilience and decrease stress, we’d like to clarify if this assessment still stands in this new situation.

Submissions will be collected from September 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, via the on-line submission system at  Choose as article type: “Topical Issue Article: Pandemics”. Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Olga Louchakova-Schwartz at

Renewal Sending Rite, December 10, 2020. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.

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.

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