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Liturgy News
  • All are welcome for our Liturgy of Gathering and celebration of the Lunar New Year.   Please join us as we open the spring semester with this liturgy via Zoom on Friday, February 12, 5:15 p.m. PST. For the zoom information, please scroll down to the JST Events entry for February 12.
  • Ash Wednesday, February 17, we encourage the JST community to attend the SCU ritual at 3:30 p.m. PST to focus on each of our own roles in making JST/SCU an anti-racist institution. Scroll down to the SCU Event for Feb. 17 for information on how to register.
  • During Lent, we invite everyone to Lenten Joy at the Margins with Homeboy Industries on Thursdays, Feb. 17 - March 18, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST. MTS student Laura Miera will host these prayer gatherings with Homeboy alumni and Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. Please scroll down to the February 18 entry under JST Events for full information.

JST Announcements
  • New JST Graduate Student Journal:   JST is proud to announce the inaugural issue of New Horizons, a new theological journal that is peer-reviewed by students of JST.  Congratulations to Barb Kozee, Editor, and the entire Editorial Board of JST students!  They present the first issue, “Dual Pandemics: Why Black Lives Matter” in celebration of Black History Month. You may access the journal on SCU Scholar Commons at https://scholarcommons.scu.edu/newhorizons/vol5/iss1/
  • Save the Date: Dr. Kathryn Barush will give the Reading of the Sacred Texts lecture at the GTU on Wednesday, March 10, 5:15 p.m. PST: "'Shield, help, and bring to joy': Pilgrimage through Sacred Song". Assistant Dean of Student Life, Paul Kircher, and Administrative Assistant, Mary Beth Lamb will join Stefan Waligur in providing Godric's Chant. 
  • “Embracing the Community of Creation:  Lenten Conversations on Faith, Animals, and Eco-Justice”:  JST M.Div. student Alyssa Moore hosts this Lenten discussion series on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. PST.  Please scroll down to the February 19 entry under JST Events for more information.
  • There are several openings for student employment at JST. Go to https://www.scu.edu/jst/about/business-offices/office-of-finance-and-administration/ and scroll down to Student Employment. In particular, the search is still on for a GSA for Marketing and Communication.
  • Resources for Lent recommended by George Murphy, S.J.:
    • JST's Lenten series, A Heart Renewed: Daily Lenten Prayer, an online retreat with daily reflections emailed each morning, will start up on Ash Wednesday, February 17. If you subscribed previously and you would like to update your communication preferences, you may do so here. New participants may sign up here.
    • Lenten Reflection Guide from Maryknoll Global Concerns on Fratelli Tutti Of Pope Francis
    • Pray as You Go, daily prayer online from the Jesuits of Britain, around 10 minutes long, including music, scripture and meditative questions for reflection.
    • Sacred Space, daily prayer online from the Jesuits of Ireland. George Murphy, S.J. will lead a one hour weekly faith sharing group based on Sacred Space. If interested, contact melamb@scu.edu. Meeting time to be determined by the group. 
  • Take a Breath with Mary and Matt: Matt Wooters, S.J. and Mary Reilly, JST MDiv 2019, will send out a weekly newsletter starting the week of February 17 and offer optional 30 minute zoom prayer gatherings on Wednesdays throughout Lent. The theme of the newsletters and zoom prays will be fasting/letting go! To learn more, fill out this google form:  https://forms.gle/4dm1jMg486Mv1sXS7.
  • Please visit the Moodle course, "JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy" for full information on JST community and liturgical gatherings and activities. Under Holy Ground, you will find Lenten Online prayer resources.
  • Please visit "Working for Racial Justice," a new tile in the Moodle course, "JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy," where you will find resources for reflection, prayer and discernment on how we can work together for racial justice.


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

SCU Grad and Law Student Busy Person's Retreat
February 17 - March 8
Interested in participating in a retreat but have a busy schedule? Notice that you could use a bit of a rest and pause in your life? This retreat is for you! Join other grad students who are independently reflecting on the theme of encounter. Sign up here
Feb
12
Malcolm and Marie
5:00 - 7:30 PST via Netflix Viewing Party

The Office of Multicultural Learning is hosting a Netflix viewing party for Malcolm & Marie. Viewing will be followed by a brief discussion via Zoom. RSVP required. Must have Netflix account to participate.

Feb
13
Antigone Now: Virtual One-Act
7:00 p.m. PST, livestream

The war is over, for all but one. The penalty for burying the body of Antigone's traitorous brother is execution, but Antigone is unafraid of death. A passionate martyr, her hopeful sister, a strange lady from the past, and a king who abides only by the law, Antigone Now is a tale of war, death, and the truth of living.

Feb
14
Antigone Now: Virtual One-Act
2:00 p.m. PST, livestream

The war is over, for all but one. The penalty for burying the body of Antigone's traitorous brother is execution, but Antigone is unafraid of death. A passionate martyr, her hopeful sister, a strange lady from the past, and a king who abides only by the law, Antigone Now is a tale of war, death, and the truth of living.

Feb
16
Reimagining Creation: Agrarianism, Theology, and Ecological Responsibility
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. PST, via zoom

Join the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for a conversation with Dr. Norman Wirzba, the Gilbert T Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology at Duke Divinity School, and SCU religious study faculty, Paul Schutz, and Forge Garden manager, Katharine Rondthaler, to discuss how reshaping our perceptual and imaginative relationship to creation might foster ecological and social responsibility in keeping with the values of agrarian life.

Feb
17
COVID 19 and the Ethics of Scarcity
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST

Markkula Ethics Center Associate Director Margaret McLean will discuss the ethics surrounding Covid-19 and resource scarcity, including ventilators and vaccines. The presentation will cover ethical justice related to hospital care and the challenges of the vaccine roll-out. Registration required.

Feb
17
Music at Noon: Listening Hour with Scot Hanna-Weir
noon PST

Join Professor Scot Hanna-Weir for a listening segment featuring a special playlist of his favorites.

Feb
17
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service
3:30 p.m. PST

We hope you will join us as we kick off the Lenten season with the particular focus of discerning our respective roles in truly making Santa Clara an anti-racist institution.

Feb
17
Winter Quarter Diversity Forum
5:30-7:00 p.m. PST, on zoom

Hosted by the Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council, this is an opportunity for students (both undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff to come together to address issues around diversity on the campus. Zoom Information: https://scu.zoom.us/j/95950545842?pwd=blgzTTZwM0d6VS9mTXhMaUFmcGNiUT09 Meeting ID: 959 5054 5842 Password: wqforum21 Join by phone: +1 (669) 900-6833 Meeting ID: 959 5054 5842 One tap mobile +16699006833,,95950545842#

Feb
19
Ethics in Computer Science: Why Good Intentions are Not Enough
1:00-2:00 p.m. PST

The panel will discuss how ethics and responsibility paradigms (e.g. AI Ethics principles) are changing software engineering practice, and address the difference between ethical tech and tech-for-good. Panel presented by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Register to receive the zoom link.

Feb
19
The Urgency of Now: Perspectives of the Humanities on the Capitol Riots
4:00 p.m. PST

Faculty from across the College of Arts and Sciences respond to the January 6 Capitol riots, sponsored by the Center for the Arts and Humanities. Please RSVP to this free event to receive the viewing link.

Feb
23
A Piece of Me was Taken Away: The Consequences of Immigration Enforcement on Young Adults
12:10 p.m. PST

This presentation will center on the intensification and expansion of immigration enforcement practices at the local level. Drawing on participant observation and in-depth interviews with immigrant young adults in San Diego County, Dr. Caroline Valdivia will discuss how a hostile landscape of enforcement can powerfully shape immigrant young adults’ daily lives and futures.

Feb
25
Reimagining Creation: An Interreligious Dialogue on Ecological and Social Justice
5:00 - 6:00 p.m., PST, online event

Join the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for an interreligious panel on ecological and social justice.  Panelists will discuss various traditions’ views on creation and humanity’s place within creation, as well as the social and ecological responsibilities that flow from these views. Must register to receive zoom link.

Feb
26
Three Women in a Wildfire
Feb. 26 and 27, 7:00 p.m. and Feb. 28, 2:00 p.m. PST

SCU Presents this play: As flames blaze up and down California, Dani is called to help fellow anthropology students search for remains in the wake of a devastating wildfire. Haunted by what she discovers, Dani returns to the rural California home she usually avoids to check on her 13-year-old half-sister, Kaylee. But when Dani arrives, she finds her family’s life transformed by her mother’s devout new boyfriend. While wildfires creep closer and the new boyfriend ignites Kaylee’s interest in a purity ball, Dani must sift through the ashes of her childhood.

Mar
2
Reimagining Youth and Young Adult Ministries
6:30-7:30 p.m. PST online

A free webinar panel discussion on the challenges of sharing the Christian tradition compellingly, enlivening the faith of youth and young adults, empowering them for justice and service, and engaging them in community-building for missionary discipleship. Contact Joe Morris, jamorris@scu.edu and Lynne Lukenbill, llukenbill@scu.edu for more information.


GTU News and Events

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! 

Feb
24
Queer Jewish Pasts: Histories of LGTBQ Activism in Europe and the United States
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. PST via zoom

Learn about the pioneers, milestone events, and inspirational moments that marked the early decades of the movement for LGBTQ rights in the American and European Jewish communities.  This presentation – by the two leading scholars of Jewish queer history (Gregg Drinkwater and Jan Wilkens) – will explore the emergence of a specifically Jewish call for inclusion as well as some of the religious and cultural implications.

Feb
24
Encuentros Latinx: Advocating for the Inclusion of LGBTQ Latinx People in Church and Society with Rev. Rhina Ramos
4:00-5:15 p.m. PST via zoom

In this CLGS Queer & Latinx Faith Conversation Rev. Rhina Ramos will share her experiences as the National Coordinator For Proyecto Encuentros Bienvenida Y Gracia, a program of The United Church Of Christ.  Funded by a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, this project advances the UCC’s ONA (Open and Affirming) Ministries among churches in the denomination that are predominantly Latinx in membership or have a Latinx outreach.

Feb
25
conversations@cjs: Dimensions of Time and Space in Rabbinic Literature
12:00 p.m. PST online

Please join CJS for a conversation on "Dimensions of Time and Space in Rabbinic Literature" as the first installment in a series on critical topics in the field of Jewish Studies.

Feb
26
Designing Relationally: Making and Restor(y)ing Life
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. PST

Join us on February 26th from 12:30pm to 2:30pm PST in welcoming Dr. Arturo Escobar, Dr. Michal Osterweil, and Dr. Kriti Sharma for a panel discussion on their forthcoming book from Bloomsbury, UK: Designing Relationally: Making and Restor(y)ing Life. The book asks the question, “If we took seriously the premise that all things are radically interdependent, what would we design and create in our world — here in the midst of the intersecting and escalating social and ecological crises of the 21st Century — and how?”

Feb
26
Godpunk Book Club
5:00 p.m., zoom

Hosted by Stephanie Miller (SFTS Branch Librarian).  Learn more about the godpunk genre, and discover authors and series that fit within the definition of the genre. 

Mar
2
GTU's 5-Year Strategic Vision Virtual Town Hall
3:00 p.m. PST, via zoom
Mar
4
GTU Sacred World Art Collection Virtual Gallery Opening
4:00 p.m. PST

Join the GTU for a virtual gallery opening celebrating the Sacred World Art Collection. This extensive teaching collection of sacred objects was donated by renowned professional curator and scholar F. Lanier Graham from 2014 to the present.


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Community Events and Resources

400 Minutes 4 Refugees
February 17 - April 3
Looking to give up something for Lent? Why not give up 10 minutes every day and dedicate it to solidarity with refugees? Join the Jesuit Refugee Service/US in a Lenten challenge by offering moments of the day to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving in solidarity with refugees. See 400 Minutes for 4 Refugees for more information and to sign up.
Virtual Exhibition: Into Africa

The David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley is hosting a virtual exhibition of Frans Lanting's photography for National Geographic and several short films. “Into Africa” takes visitors on a grand tour through the wonders of African landscapes as seen through Lanting’s lens. His images and stories create an enduring vision of the continent and demonstrate what is at stake for its wildlife and wild places. The exhibition highlights nine conservation organizations in Africa and an original video, developed with Wildlife Conservation Network, of three local leaders in Uganda and Kenya describing their work in their own words. The exhibition can be accessed here.

Steadfast: A Call to Love

February 17-April 3
Ignatian Solidarity Network Lenten Series: Join the Ignatian family during Lent 2021 as we respond to the Gospel call with a steadfast spirit, deeply rooted in love and transcending injustice in our work to uphold the dignity of people and the planet. The series features writers including Fr. Greg Boyle, Dr. Marcia Chatelain, Fr. James Martin, Fr. Bryan Massingale, Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, and Olga Segura. Lent begins next week on February 17, so subscribe to this free series today! 

Feb
16
The Black Church: This is our Story, This is our Song
9:00 p.m. PST

Two-part Documentary hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 

This moving four-hour, two-part series traces the 400-year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and grace, organizing and resilience, thriving and testifying, autonomy and freedom, solidarity and speaking truth to power. It will be showing on KQED. If you prefer, you can catch a livestream link after 6 p.m. PST on Feb. 16 through the end of February.

Feb
20
Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration with the San Francisco Symphony
4:00 p.m. online

The San Francisco Symphony is proud to present the Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration: Year of the Ox, a digital concert featuring host Joan Chen, SF Symphony musicians, and special guests. This event highlights themes of prosperity, unity, and growth in a program celebrating China’s vibrant musical traditions, past and present.

Feb
23
Emergence: A Creation Care Gathering for Young Catholics (18-39)
4:30 - 6:00 p.m. PST, online

This event will serve to kick off 2021 initiatives with Catholic Climate Covenant's new Youth and Young Adult Mobilization program, which seeks to inspire, animate, and nourish creation care among young Catholics in the United States. Information on accessing the Zoom meeting will be sent by email upon completing registration.

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with one another in meaningful conversation, to learn about and engage in a prayer practice inspired by the Catholic tradition and Pope Francis' Laudato Si', and to engage in collective dreaming about the emerging possibilities for Catholic Climate Covenant's new Youth and Young Adult Mobilization efforts.

SoPheRE Webinar
Feb
26
SoPheRE Webinar on Hedwig Conrad-Martius
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST via zoom
In Winter 2021, the reading for the webinar of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience will be James J. Hart's Hedwig Conrad-Martius's Ontological Phenomenology (Springer Nature, 2020). Rodney Parker (the editor) and possibly Jim Hart (the author) will be at the first meeting. The meeting will also have a discussion of Ch. 11 of Husserl's Prolegomena (with Randy Dible). To attend, please email olouchakova@gmail.com.
 
Feb
27
Pandemic and Religion Virtual Graduate Student Conference
5:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST via zoom

Join the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life for its first graduate student conference exploring the impact of COVID-19 on religion in the United States. Graduate students from sixteen universities across the nation will present papers from multiple disciplines addressing issues arising now, in the midst of COVID's impact, as well as issues linked to past pandemics and possible future issues arising from COVID's lasting influence on religion in the U.S. context. James Ferus, S.J., JST STL student, will present at 10:30 a.m., "Reframing Liturgical Discourse: Exploring Parish Online Programs in a Time of Pandemic." Registration required. 


Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Call for Papers, Queer Theology Conference, Boston College--NEW!!

Gaudete, the LGBTQ+ student organization at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, invites graduate students to submit abstracts for our upcoming (virtual) academic conference on Saturday, April 10, 2021. This conference, titled “God of the Outcast: a Graduate Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Catholic Theology,” was originally planned for last spring, but was delayed due to the pandemic.  Graduate students are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words via email to gsctconference@gmail.com by Monday, February 22, 2021 at 11:59pm. Those persons whose abstracts are selected will be expected to prepare final papers of 6-7 pages for presentation during the conference. All successful submissions will be selected and notified by Saturday, February 27, 2021.

Religious Studies Teacher, Long-Term Sub at Carondelet High School, Concord

Carondelet is seeking candidates for a high school Religious Studies teacher for the 2021 Spring Semester. This is a full-time position, teaching ethics and social justice, with a focus on Catholic social teachings. For more information, click here

Part-Time Position as Project Assistant

The Vice-President of Marketing and Enrollment Management at the GTU is looking to hire a Project Assistant in Research, Analysis and Operations. This is a part-time, 10-12 hr./week position for one qualified student with relevant experience at the GTU. Applicants should supply resume, cover letter and sample presentation that showcases skills in the domain of data analysis and reporting to Sephora Markson at smarkson@gtu.edu. For more details, see the Job Announcement.

Job Posting: Case Manager for Oakland Catholic Worker in Oakland

The Oakland Catholic Worker is currently hiring a case manager as a live-in volunteer/staff member with Spanish proficiency. For more details, see here.

Call to Action Young Adult Cohort on Anti-Racism

Call to Action invites progressive Catholic young adults, aged 20-39, to participate in a cohort with other young adults focusing on anti-racism.   Cohort members participate in a monthly cohort call, receive the accompaniment of a mentor, and receive a stipend.  The deadline to apply is February 19.  For more information, see https://www.cta-usa.org/news/regen21

Student Scholarship: Catholic Health Association Ethics Colloquium
The Catholic Health Association is pleased to announce a limited number of scholarships for full-time graduate students who are preparing for a professional career in Catholic health ethics to attend CHA’s online Theology and Ethics Colloquium, March 10, 2021. The scholarship is designed to support the educational and professional development of the next generation of ethicists and theologians for the Catholic health care ministry. Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary program registration. This form offers more information. To apply, students must be nominated by a JST faculty or staff member by February 22.
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 http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/  Choose as article type: “Topical Issue Article: Pandemics”. Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Olga Louchakova-Schwartz at olouchakova@gmail.com

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/

JST students Joe Kraemer, S.J., Simon Zachary, S.J. and Ricardo Perkins, S.J. give their final exams for the Historical Jesus Class at the Berkeley School of Theology. Photos submitted by Joe Kraemer, S.J.

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