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Liturgy News
  • Sunday Best Black History Month Service:   All are invited this Sunday, February 7, at 1 p.m. PST, as SCU Beloved Community and SCU Campus Ministry co-host this celebration in honor of Black History Month with a Protestant worship service in the African American tradition, featuring the inspiring preaching of Rev. Dr. Tanisha Sparks, JST Director of Finance and Administration.   For full information, scroll down to the SCU Events entry for February 7.
  • 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.

JST Announcements
  • There are several openings for student employment at JST. Go to 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 Meeting time to be determined by the group. 
  • 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.
  • The Office of Spiritual Formation is hosting a Morning of Prayer in the Time of COVID: Journey through Lent as Pilgrimage, led by Professor Kathryn Barush, on Saturday, February 13, 10 a.m. - noon PST. Please RSVP with Mary Beth Lamb, by Wednesday, February 10, if interested in attending.
  • If your contact information and/or city of residence has changed since the fall semester, please fill out a new Photo Directory Authorization Form so that we can place your new information in the Spring Addendum. You can check your current information in the Photo Directory, which is posted in the Moodle course: JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy, just under the Announcements. Contact Mary Beth Lamb, with questions.
  • Registration Reminders:  Monday, Feb. 1st, begins the Add/Drop period which lasts till Friday, Feb. 12th.  You can make adjustments to your registration during this period without any penalty.  Also, Friday, February 5th is the last day to turn in your Special Reading Course and Course Upgrade forms for the spring semester.  Contact Jim Oberhausen ( with any questions.

Of Interest Elsewhere

Take a Breath with Mary and Matt: Lent 2021
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:
Discernment Series: Racial Justice

It is still possible to participate in this series for discerning ways to work for racial justice, in the context of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  See for more information, or contact JST students, Teresa Cariño ( or Lucas Sharma, S.J. (

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

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

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
Sunday Best Black History Month Service
1:00 p.m. PST

Beloved Community and Campus Ministry are co-hosting this celebration in honor of Black History Month with a Protestant worship service in the African American tradition featuring the inspiring preaching of Rev. Dr. Tanisha Sparks. Please pre-register to obtain the Zoom link to the service.

Transforming the World: Lessons of Lifelong Activism
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST online

We are honored to present two prominent national leaders, Eva J. Paterson and Anthony D. Romero, to share their experiences, insights and hopes as veteran racial justice advocates. Access available via this Livestream:

Reimagining Creation: Agrarianism, Theology, and Ecological Responsibility
5:00 - 6:30 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.

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.

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: Meeting ID: 959 5054 5842 Password: wqforum21 Join by phone: +1 (669) 900-6833 Meeting ID: 959 5054 5842 One tap mobile +16699006833,,95950545842#

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.

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! 

International Students' Association Virtual Welcome Gathering
4:00-5:00 p.m. PST, via zoom
CLGS Online Lavender Lunch: "'It's Okay Not to be Okay': An Affirming Shin Buddhist Spirituality" with Rev. Blayne Higa
12:15-1:15 p.m. PST

Rev. Blayne Higa will discuss how the inclusive and affirming spirituality of Shin Buddhism serves as the foundation for his life and ministry.  Within the universal embrace of boundless wisdom and compassion how does understanding our imperfections help cultivate gratitude, acceptance, and resilience?

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.

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.

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.


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 in a few short weeks on February 17, so subscribe to this free series today! 

The Absurd World of Etgar Keret
12:30-1:45 p.m. PST, online

Please join the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies for an intimate conversation with acclaimed Israeli author Etgar Keret and GTU Jewish Studies Professor Deena Aranoff. They will discuss Keret’s most recent writing and film projects, his approach to storytelling and to the world, his penchant for the absurd, and more.

Lunar New Year Mass
2-3 PST, livestream, outdoor liturgy, Our Lady of the Rosary Church Union City
Hosted by the Chinese Pastoral and Cultural Center. Reserve a seat by Feb. 7. It is not necessary to bring the ticket. Take the necessary COVID precautions of wearing a mask, using hand sanitizer, and following social distancing protocols. Dress warmly!
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. 27 

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.

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.

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

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

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--NEW!!

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.

Call for Papers: Science, Faith and Religious Life--NEW!!

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

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: 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

JST Ph.D. affiliate, Marinda Keng Fan Chan, successfully defended her dissertation, "Culture and Devotion at the Service of Mission: A Study of Catholic Women’s Domestic Religious Practices in Macau" on Thursday, January 28. Present: Wendy Arce, Kathryn Barush, João Eleutério, Eduardo Fernández, Mary McGann, and Dr. Marinda Chan. Screenshot by Professor Kathryn Barush.

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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