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Liturgy News

Brother Matt Wooters, S.J., M.T.S. student, has teamed up with Damian Torres-Botello, S.J. of Boston College to produce an Advent Podcast. It is short, episodes are 15 minutes or less, twice a week, and include a guided meditation for the listener that draws from the Spiritual Exercises and the Gospel. Check it out! Along the Way: A Jesuit Podcast.

Renewal Closing Liturgy: All are invited to attend this liturgy celebrating the conclusion of this semester's Renewal sabbatical.   Thursday, December 10, 7:30 a.m. PST.  See more information here.

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.

We invite you to pray throughout Advent with Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Advent Prayer from the Jesuit School of Theology, an online retreat.  Each day of Advent, a member of our JST and SCU community is offering a reflection on that day’s Scripture readings, which is sent to subscribers. Click here to find more information or subscribe. Please share with your family and friends.

JST Announcements
  • 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 11 if you are interested in participating in and/or facilitating a group.  

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day
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JST Orientation Week
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Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Campus Ministry Ignatian Retreat
Dec. 19-23
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!

Virtual Festival of Lights Concert
5:00 p.m. PST

Livestream from the Mission Church and choral performances; featuring special guest, Rhiannon Giddens, and SCU alumni from around the world.

As is our tradition, the evening concludes with the singing of our favorite holiday carol, "Silent Night," by candlelight. Livestream link will follow later.

Transform Your Stress through Mindfulness
12:15-1:15 p.m. PST, on zoom

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most effective practices for increasing resilience and coping. Mindfulness practice not only deactivates the centers of the brain responsible for emotional reactivity, it helps us engage the rational part of our brain. This workshop will explain basic brain science and offers a powerful roadmap for how to decrease anxiety and stress, boost creative thinking, and strengthen our sense of belonging and purpose.

Fiesta de Guadalupe
8:00 p.m. PST, via Livestream

Celebrate the Feast of Guadalupe with a serenata for la Virgen, Misa en español, and online convivio.

Conversations on Diversity in Silicon Valley: Fireside Chat with Shellye Archambeau
1:00 p.m. PST, online

As one of the first Black female CEOs in Silicon Valley, Shellye Archambeau’s path to success has been defined by ambition and resilience. Join us for a conversation about her professional journey with the president of Santa Clara University, Fr. Kevin O’Brien.

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.

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:

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:

Diocesan Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Guadalupe
10:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m., PST, hybrid
10:00 am - 11:00 am: Blessing of Cars (drive by the front of the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Harrison Street)
11:00 am: Bishop Barber's Opening Prayer
11:15 am: Virtual Participation of Parishes Begins on pre-recorded video
12:15 pm: Livestream Conference by Monsignor Eduardo Chávez from Mexico City
1:10 pm: Conference Ends / Preparation for the Eucharist Begins
1:30 pm: Livestream Eucharist with Bishop Barber
For more information, contact Hector D. Medina, Latino Ministries Coordinator,
Together in Unity: Cantare Con Vivo Holiday Concert
4:00-5:00 p.m. PST


Cantare will  present twelve selections in this free, one-hour concert, featuring such past favorites as “Carol of the Bells”, “Oseh Shalom”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “White Christmas” and several others accompanied by full orchestra. The Nova singers will join in a virtual recording of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom” and you will get to sing along at home on a Christmas carol and the classic holiday song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” 

Click here to subscribe to Cantare’s YouTube channel to receive a link to the concert as soon as it is available. We encourage everyone to set up their home entertainment systems to watch this on a big screen, for the full concert experience, and to share the link with friends and family as well.

What do You Know Now You Wish You Knew Before You Entered the Field?
4:00 - 5:30 PST

Third of a 3- part series put on by the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab of Brandeis University. If interested in these events, please notify Michael Skaggs, Director of Programs, A zoom link will be sent to you shortly beforehand.

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

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

FASPE, Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. 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.
The Fellowship is fully funded; and we will be awarding the 2021 FASPE Seminary Fellowship to between 4 and 8 applicants. The program is planned to take place in Germany and Poland, and sessions are held at sites of Nazi actions so that Fellows benefit from an immersive, contextual experience. (If health considerations prohibit international travel, the program may be subject to change.) The 2021 program will run from June 11 to June 25.

For further information about FASPE program, see the FASPE Fellowship flyer. Potential applicants can register here. The application deadline is January 6, 2021, 8:59 p.m. PST.

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

screenshot of gathering on Dec. 3, 2020

Lay Formation Gathering, December 3, 2020, featuring alumni/ae Pietro Bartoli, M.A., Diego Salazar Galvis, STL and Marselys Lucero, MDiv. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.

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