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Liturgy News
  • All are welcome to join us for a zoom liturgy as we celebrate the opening of the second semester as well as the Lunar New Year on Friday, February 12, 5:15 p.m. PST. For the zoom information, please scroll down to the JST Events entry for February 12.


JST Announcements
  • 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.
  • For full information on JST community and liturgical gatherings and activities, please visit the Moodle course, "JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy."

Of Interest Elsewhere

Discernment and Racial Justice: A Q&A with Teresa Marie Cariño

The Ignatian Solidarity Network spoke with MTS student, Teresa Marie Cariño, director of faith formation at St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco, about her involvement in a parish project: Discernment Series, Racial Justice. It is featured on the ISN blog, Racial Justice, Voices for Justice.

Open Theology: Phenomenology of Religious Experience

Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (a previous JST/GTU visiting scholar)) has co-edited a topical issue on Religious Experience and Description for Open Theology. Scroll down to topical issue IV. 

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
Fred T. Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution: Building Coalitions to Fight for Racial Justice
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PST, via zoom

This online event will offer new videos produced for this event, including a recent interview by the award-winning television news correspondent Robert Handa with The Fred T. Korematsu Institute’s Executive Director, Karen Korematsu, with historic photos provided by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose. The highlight of the program is a live panel moderated by Professor Margaret M. Russell of the Santa Clara University School of Law.

Tiempo Extra: Latinxs and the Biden Administration: 2021 Policy Priorities
4:00-5:00 p.m. PST

FREE online webinar on the 2021 policy priorities of the Biden Administration and the Latinx community, featuring these panelists:

  • Omar Davila Jr. - Assistant Professor at SCU
  • Maricela Gutiérrez - Executive Director, Services, Immigrant Rights & Education Network (SIREN)
  • Ron Gonzales - President/CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
  • Melany Cortes - SCU student and Co-Chair of Hermanas Unidas
  • Gianella Ordonez - SCU student and member of Hermanas Unidas


Career Pop-in: Careers in Social Justice
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PST, on zoom

Join us for our Social Justice virtual pop-in via Zoom with Mercy Volunteer Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and Voices College-Bound Language Academies. The pop-in format is open-ended where you may attend one or all 10-minute sessions. Our employer partners will be providing information about their organization, hiring needs, and there will be time to answer YOUR questions at the end of the pop-in.

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.


Community Events and Resources

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! 

Discerning Solidarity
6:00-8:00 p.m. PST
Discerning Solidarity: February 2nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m. PST.  A panel and conversation on understanding the Catholic commitment to solidarity, and exploring how we navigate the complications and tensions of participating in social justice movements while maintaining fidelity to our Catholic identities and teaching.  Provincial Scott Santarosa, Bishop Robert McElroy and Professor Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu are just some of the amazing speakers.  
Solidarity on Tap with Sr. Tracey Horan, S.P.
6:00 p.m. PST

Meet Sr. Tracey Horan, associate director of education and advocacy, Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora and Arizona.

Lunar New Year Poetry and Calligraphy with Poets Michael Warr, Chun Yu, and Calligrapher Aiqin Zhou
7:00-8:00 p.m. PST, online

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Poets Michael Warr and Chun Yu read works in English and Chinese (Mandarin) that reflect the essence of the New Year — vanquishing the past, embracing new beginnings, and venerating ancestors — while Aiqin Zhou demonstrates her skillful calligraphy by illustrating some of the poems. $0-25 sliding scale.

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.

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. 23 

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. (time may be subject to change)

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Job Posting: Case Manager for Oakland Catholic Worker in Oakland--NEW!!

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--NEW!!
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

Reading Group for James Cones's The Cross and the Lynching Tree, facilitated by Teresa Marie Cariño, Thursday, January 28. Present: Therese Fisher, Mary Beth Lamb, Paul Kircher, MyLan Metzger, Dominc Lee. 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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