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Liturgy News
  • On Friday, February 26, please join us to celebrate Black History Month at 5:15 p.m. PST.  We will send further details with the Zoom information in the coming week.
  • 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 and art therapist Laura Miera will host these prayer gatherings with Homeboy alumni and Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. Please scroll down to the February 25 entry under JST Events for full information.

JST Announcements
  • The Spring Addendum for the 2020-21 JST Photo Directory is now available. You will find it in Moodle in the course, "JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy" under the announcements, under the Fall edition of the directory.
  • “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 26 entry under JST Events for more information.
  • View Sipe: Sex, Lies, and the Priesthood at the Salem Film Fest, and join the livestream panel discussion following on Saturday, Feb. 20, 1:00 PST. For more information, check the item under Community Events on Feb. 20. If interested in follow-up discussion at JST, please email Mary Beth Lamb at melamb@scu.edu. Prof. Lisa Fullam will provide a venue for this discussion.
  • Br. Matt Wooters, MTS student, and Damian Torres-Botello are two Jesuits in their final stages of formation, excited about prayer and eager to share prayer with anyone willing to join us! So come along, pray with us, for less than fifteen minutes, and see what happens between you and God in Along the Way: a Jesuit Prayer Pod for Lent.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • Please visit "Working for Racial Justice," a 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.

Of Interest Elsewhere

Catholic Women Preach: Ash Wednesday
JST MTS student, Teresa Marie Carino, preached for Ash Wednesday. View the video here.
Homily by Greg Chisholm

Greg Chisholm, S.J., a past trustee of the JST Board and later the 2nd Jesuit Pastor at Oakland's St. Patrick's Parish delivered a homily, "The cry of an angry Black man in a world sick with racism," at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City on Feb. 7, 2021 that was published in America Magazine. 

Eyes to See: An Anti-racism Examen for Jesuit Colleges and Universities

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities recently published an Anti-racist Examen. See that resource here: https://mailchi.mp/ajcunet/ajcu-eyes-to-see-968382?e=38c3f2d260.


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

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
24
Ignatian Practices to Get You Through the Next Ten Years
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. via zoom

Learn about the Apostolic Preferences which give a horizon, a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus.The Society of Jesus will pay special attention to them in the next ten years. We invite you to learn more and take action!

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

Turning the Page: CARe online exhibition
Now - May 2021
Last year was like no other; it was truly disorienting and difficult.

This exhibition lets the images do the talking. Here we have gathered together artists from CARe's past and invited them to share an image that captures their hopes for 2021. The photographs included look to the future, while incorporating the lessons learned and hardships weathered over the last year. 

Take a moment out of your day to browse through the collected photographs and ponder your own hopes for 2021 and beyond.
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
19
History of Black Muslims in Oakland
6:00 p.m. PST streamed live on Facebook

In honor of Black History Month, we will be honoring the voices of two Bay Area powerhouses--Amir Sundiata Rashid and Sister Amelah Al-Amin--who will help us better understand the "History of Black Muslims in Oakland." From Cointelpro to anti-blackness from immigrant communities to how to be a better ally.

Feb
23
Queer Ecologies and Climate Justice with Desiree Fontenot
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. PST via zoom

How do ecological justice and queer liberation intersect?  As climate chaos escalates, LGBTQ people, especially QTBIPOC, are among frontline communities hit first and worst by the consequences. LGBTQ people also have a unique embodied knowledge of what it takes to change, transition, and survive and are leaders in climate justice movements across the globe. We will explore how queering our ecological justice movements is key to the restoration and exuberance of the planet’s biological & cultural diversity.

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.

Mar
19
Visions for a Viable Future: Sustainable Societies Conference II
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. via zoom

In the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic and climate calamity, when the linked injustices of economic, social, and environmental inequity are on the rise, what answers can our religious traditions provide? These are the questions we’ll be exploring at Visions for a Viable Future: Sustainable Societies Conference II.

Register now for our virtual conference, held concurrently with the AAR/Western Region conference.


Audience

Community Events and Resources

Feb
20
Sipe: Sex, Lies and the Priesthood
1:00 p.m. PST

SIPE: SEX, LIES, AND THE PRIESTHOOD is the first documentary to focus completely on Richard Sipe’s journey – from the priesthood to an outspoken and informed critic of the institutional Church.  Following the Film: A panel discussion will provide intimate perspectives on Sipe’s life and the survivor experience, together with cutting-edge analysis of Catholic clergy abuse and celibacy, the two issues that were revolutionized by Sipe’s work. $10 registration fee. After this content becomes available February 20 at 1:00 pm PST, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching the films. The February 20th at 5:00 pm livestream can be viewed anytime until March 4th at 8:59 pm.

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.

Feb
25
Transforming Education So That Black Lives Matter
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PST, livestream link
What are our roles as educators, students, staff, and community members to uproot institutional racism at all levels of our education system - from preschool through post-graduate university studies? In this SpeakOut virtual event, award-winning education and author Jesse Hagopian focuses on this question as well as what it will take to reimagine educational equity. Join us for an engaging discussion!
 
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. 

Mar
10
Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church
4:30 p.m. PST, via zoom

Join Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies for the 4th Annual Canisius Academy Lecture by Olga Segura. Free to the public. Register to receive the zoom link.


Calls for Papers, Grants and More

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.

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, Queer Theology Conference, Boston College

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.

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 community holding up objects symbolizing their hopes for the New Year at the Liturgy of Gathering/Lunar New Year Celebration, Friday, February 12. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.

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