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Liturgy News
  • On Friday, February 26, please join us to celebrate Black History Month at 5:15 p.m. PST.  See the JST calendar entry for February 26 for the zoom information.
  • 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. On March 4, MTS student and art therapist Laura Miera will host this prayer gathering with Lami Glenn, Homeboy Industries: program alumnus, former Art Heals participant and current Case Manager. Please scroll down to the March 4 entry under JST Events for full information.
JST Announcements
  • The first finalist for the Theological Ethics position at JST is interviewing on Tuesday, March 2. Students are invited to a Q&A from 12:30-1:30 p.m. PST. All are invited to the public lecture from 1:30 -2:30 p.m. PST. See the zoom information for both in the email from Teresa Bowes on Thursday, Feb. 25.
  • James Ferus, S.J., JST STL student, will present his paper, "Reframing Liturgical Discourse: Exploring Parish Online Programs in a Time of Pandemic," at the Pandemic and Religion Virtual Graduate Student Conference on Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. PST. Please see the calendar event under Community Events and Resources below for how to register.
  • “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 March 5 entry under JST Events for more 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.
  • 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
  • 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". See the listing under GTU events for further information and to register. 

Of Interest Elsewhere

Presentations by Maureen Pratt
Maureen Pratt, JST MTS Online student, is presenting at two conferences. Faith Inclusion Network of Hampton Roads' biannual, national, ecumenical conference on disability ministry goes live on Friday, February 26.  The presentation recordings will be available until March 31, 2021, to those who register. Website with info on presentations: Maureen recorded a talk about continuing religious education for adults with disabilities, and an interactive workshop on spirituality for caregivers.

On March 22 at the Conference on Religion and Medicine, her workshop is called "The Doctor Will See You Now," and offers ways that contemplative prayer, especially lectio divina, can help doctor and patient make the best use of those preciously scant minutes of virtual and in-person appointments. See the Community Event for March 22 for how to register.

Howard Thurman's Message for Today
JST Renewal student, Daryl Grigsby, published "Howard Thurman's Message for Today" in the Nevada County paper, The Union, on February 22, 2021.

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

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.

When Migrant Labor Becomes Human Trafficking
12:00 - 1:00 p.m., PST, online event

Presented by the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, experts in anti-human trafficking discuss common scenarios and emerging trends in exploitation of migrant labor, factors making this exploitation trafficking in persons or fraud in foreign labor contracting, racial bias, and the role of the Department of Labor and advocates in investigating and providing certification for T and U visas. Information and the overview provided is an educational service only and is not a substitute for seeking qualified professionals for legal advice on particular matters.

Community Conversations: Stopping Hate Violence and Hate Speech
12:00-1:30 p.m. PST
Throughout the past year since the beginning of public knowledge of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have witnessed an uptick in hate crimes, hate speech, xenophobia and other forms of violence against marginalized and vulnerable populations. The March Community Conversation will focus on hearing directly from SCU community members (students, faculty, staff and alumni) on this situation. We will provide an opportunity to understand and get concrete ideas about what we as individuals and as a community, can do to tackle and address these situations.
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, and Lynne Lukenbill, for more information.

Home is Where you Queer the Heart Book Launch
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. PST via zoom

What does home mean for queer writers in our current national climate?  Moderated by poet Arisa White, with readings by Kazim Ali and Airea D. Matthews, followed by a panel discussion with writers, faculty, and community members, including Joanna Thompson (SCU OML), Sonja Mackenzie (SCU Public Health), and Gabrielle Antolovich (Billy De Frank Center).

GTU News and Events

Summer 2021 Interreligious Research Grant: Madrasa-Midrasha Program

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund has provided funding to the GTU in support of the Madrasa-Midrasha Program, a collaborative interreligious effort co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies. We are pleased to announce research grants for GTU students (M.A. and Ph.D.) working on interreligious projects related to Judaism and/or Islam. Grants will range from $250 to $500 for individual projects and $500 to $1000 for joint projects, which are strongly encouraged. Proposals of no more than one single-spaced page (or not exceeding 500 words) along with a budget should be submitted to the Director of the Madrasa-Midrasha Program, Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala (, no later than Monday, April 5, 2021. For more information, see

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! 

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. 

GTU's 5-Year Strategic Vision Virtual Town Hall
3:00 p.m. PST, via zoom
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.

Queer Palestinian Solidarity with Tarek Abuata
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. PST via zoom

CLGS and the newly-formed Palestine Solidarity Round Table (PSRT) at Pacific School of Religion are honored and excited to co-host this Lavender Lunch on the topic of Queer Palestine Solidarity.  Join us in conversation and dialogue with guest speaker Tarek Abuata as PSRT and CLGS create space for Palestinian voices to be heard in and through our community — and beyond!

'Shield, help, & bring to joy': Pilgrimage through Sacred Song
5:15 p.m. PST via zoom

Once upon a time, in medieval England, the Virgin Mary appeared to a nature-loving hermit named Godric and gave him a song to sing in times of crisis...for joy, for protection, for health. Come join us to hear the story of Godric and how we might think of pilgrimage song and chant as a holy relic and sacred souvenir. 

Dr. Barush will draw on her fieldwork with the British Pilgrimage Trust to discuss the continuing resonances of Godric's song today. The program will include the world premiere of an arrangement of the ancient melody by musician and GTU PhD candidate Stefan Waligur with vocalists Paul Kircher and Mary Beth Lamb.

Combatting Racism & Sexism with Hellenistic Art
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST via zoom

Join Dr. Ashley London Bacchi (Assistant Professor of Jewish History and Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Starr King School for the Ministry) for a timely discussion of the role Hellenistic art can play in combatting racism and sexism. Please email to register for this free, online event!

Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context with Golan Moskowitz
1:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PST via zoom

In Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context (Stanford University Press, 2020), Golan Moskowitz investigates the evolution of Sendak’s artistic vision and its appeal for American, Jewish, and queer audiences. The present talk will offer a pointed discussion of Wild Visionary, illuminating how Sendak’s multiple perspectives as a gay, Holocaust-conscious, American-born son of Yiddish-speaking Polish immigrants informed his life and work. It will also explore how the artist’s work interacted dynamically with his cultural surroundings, offering insights into experiences of marginality and emotional resilience that remain relevant and visionary to this day.

conversations@cjs: Homeland, Exile and Diaspora, Contemporary Jewish Reflections
12:00 p.m. PST online

Please join CJS for a conversation on "Homeland, Exile and Diaspora, Contemporary Jewish Reflections" as the next installment in a series on critical topics in the field of Jewish Studies. Joining the conversation will be Daniel Boyarin, Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture and Rhetoric at the University of California Berkeley, Rabbi Jill Hammer, Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, a pluralistic rabbinical and cantorial seminary in Yonkers, NY, and Susannah Heschel, Eli M. Black Distinguished Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. 

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.


Community Events and Resources

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. 

198 Years of Domination: Doctrine of Christian Discovery
1:00-4:00 p.m. PST, livestream

Sunday, Feb. 28, marks 198 years since the Supreme Court issued the Johnson v McIntosh decision. This free screening of "The Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code" shows how the claim of a right to dominion, expressed in the Johnson ruling, has been used against original nations and peoples in the U.S. and around the the world. The film is followed by a panel discussion.

The Voice of the Shepherd: A dialogue on Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church
1:00 p.m. PST via zoom

Panel dialogue sponsored by Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga on Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church—a conversation with three national Catholic leaders (Pam Harris, Columbus, OH; DeKarlos Blackmun, Austin, TX and Bishop Michael Barber, Oakland, CA), followed by SMC student responses and audience Q & A, moderated by President James Donahue.

Q & A for Mission-Driven Hiring
12:00-1:15 p.m. PST, zoom videoconference

Join the Ignatian Solidarity Network for a Q&A session with Terri Jackson and Christina Vela on Mission-Driven Hiring for Equity, Diversity, and Cultural Competence with fellow educators. Participants will be invited to watch a presentation ahead of time, in which Jackson and Vela take a look at the current demographic make up of the Jesuit Schools Network to inform and guide their presentation focused on the need to attract/hire/retain diverse faculty and staff candidates, to include equitable hiring practices, and to hire for skills in cultural competence. Then on March 10, participants will be invited to engage in Q&A with Jackson and Vela as well as small group conversations around mission-driven hiring.

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.

Religion and Medicine Conference: True to Tradition? Religion, the Secular, and the Future of Medicine
March 22 - 24, 8:00a.m. - 3:30 p.m. PST

The medicine we know today has a history, and that history sets the terms for what we expect medicine to become in the future.  What are the historical sources of contemporary medicine?  What has been lost that should be recovered?  What should be left behind?  In particular, what do we know about the Hippocratic tradition?  How has that tradition been taken up, modified, and developed in Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures?  What resources, if any, does that tradition offer to practitioners today?  What aspects of the medicine of the past should ground the medicine of the future?  Student registration is discounted to $50.

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Administrative and Communications Coordinator for Wisdom & Money -- NEW!!

Wisdom & Money, a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit, seeks qualified candidates for this half-time position. See the Administrative and Communications Coordinator job description for details.

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 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 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

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

Embracing the Community of Creation, February 26. Participants ponder why God made animals. 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.

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