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Liturgy News
  • Everyone is invited to our Lenten Reconciliation Service on Tuesday, March 30, 5:15 p.m. PDT, led by M.Div. students, Silvana Arevalo and Joel Thompson, S.J. Zoom Link.
  • In Moodle, under Holy Ground: Virtual Prayer Space, you are invited to pray the virtual Global Stations of the Cross, which takes you on a virtual journey around the globe, from Lahore to London to Little Rock, with works and podcasts by leading artists including Arabella Dorman, Dua Abbas & Jahanzeb Haroon, Jared Thorne, and Joyce Yu-Jean Lee. There is also a Polish tradition for Blessing Easter Baskets and the First Easter Meal to try with your families on Easter Sunday.  
  • In Moodle, under Liturgy Past and Upcoming, you may join composer Dan Schutte for a virtual triduum: Three Days of Grace. You will find a link to livestream the SCU Easter Sunday Mass, April 4, 11:00 a.m. PDT here.
JST Announcements
  • Magis will come out early next week, on Thursday, due to the holiday on Good Friday.
  • COVID Relief Financial Assistance:  JST students who are U.S. citizens or who are eligible for federal public benefits may apply for CRRSA funding for financial assistance due to hardship related to COVID.   For full information on eligibility and the application process, see the following page:  and see the reference for "Group 2."  Please note that one must apply through eCampus, and that applications must be submitted from March 29 through April 16, 2021.
  • Food Insecurity:   Any JST student located in the U.S. who does not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of affordable, nutritious food, may submit a request for assistance from the SCU Bronco Pantry, by filling out this form.
  • The GTU Annual Surjit Singh Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Karen Barkey, Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, on April 5, 12 p.m. PDT. RSVP to attend the lecture here.
  • JST will co-sponsor the following Bannan Forum, From Francis Xavier to Now: Interreligious Dialogue and the Jesuits in Japan, on April 13, 6:00 -7:30 pm PDT. Register here for the zoom link.
  • “Embracing the Community of Creation:  Lenten Conversations on Faith, Animals, and Eco-Justice”:  JST M.Div. student Alyssa Moore hosts this discussion series on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. PST. There will not be a meeting during Spring Break or Holy Week. The last session will be on April 9, after Easter. Zoom Link
  • 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.

Of Interest Elsewhere

After Hope: Videos of Resistance
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco stands in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander communities in Atlanta, San Francisco, Oakland, and all AAPI communities that have been targeted with hate and violence, condemning racism and xenophobia in all its forms. The current exhibit, After Hope: Videos of Resistance, provides a 6 hour platform for Asian and Asian American voices to present art experiences that fight xenophobia, prejudice, and discrimination.  For more information, see
Ways to Support the Asian American Community

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial group in the U.S. Our mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans, to advocate for justice and an equitable society for all.

Compassion in Oakland Compassion in Oakland strives to provide the Oakland Chinatown Community with a resource for promoting safety and community and to foster a more caring and safer Oakland for all.

Stand Against Hatred The Stand Against Hatred website is made available by Asian Americans Advancing Justice to document hate and to educate about the environment of hate around the country.


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 in Quarantine: Our Pandemic Stories

The unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 12 months has brought forth unprecedented challenges and extraordinary change, while also providing opportunities for remarkable achievements and periods of stillness and reflection. Submit your short stories—in text or audio form, or through original artwork—to this digital time capsule. They will be housed in perpetuity in University Archives so that future historians may better understand how we got through this time, together yet apart. Submit your story here.

tUrn week at SCU

Spring 2021 tUrn4 will be April 19-23. 

HEADLINERS + RESOURCES + PARTNERS + U = tUrn for climate change!

tUrn is designed as a dynamic interplay of transformative headliner events, resources grouped by themes to spark conversation and action, and partners near and far who are making it all happen +, most importantly, U! 

Contemplate, converse, and activate new behaviors and actions to make a u-turn for the planet and future generations.

For the headliner events, see


Intentional Integrity
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

A conversation with Rob Chesnut, author, Intentional Integrity: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution, and Ann Skeet, senior director, leadership ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics about leadership, ethics, and the importance of integrity within corporate culture.

"White Freedom" with Tyler Stovall
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PST via zoom

Join the discussion with author and historian Tyler Stovall on his book White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea, a global history of the relationship between freedom and race. Registration is free but required.

COVID-19, Technology and the Human Spirit
10:30-11:45 a.m. PDT, via zoom

Join the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for a panel discussion on the COVID-19 epidemic and the global response.  The panel will examine a number of complex issues raised by Covid-19 around equality, human rights, and the value of various human groups and bodies, as these are marked by race, class, caste, or immigrant status.

AI/ML for Clinical Decision Making: Should Patients be Informed?
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT

GTU News and Events

Sacred World Art Collection at the GTU
In 2014, the Institute for Aesthetic Development and F. Lanier Graham donated an extensive teaching collection of sacred objects to the Graduate Theological Union. This virtual exhibition features forty of the over 500 spiritual and ritual objects from the collection.
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

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! 

CLGS Online Lavender Lunch: The Formation of Gay Male Spiritual Discourse in Midcentury Softcore
12:15-1:15 p.m. PDT via zoom

Richard Lindsay will discuss beefcake magazines (softcore gay male pornography) from the 1950s and 1960s that served as a site for erotic exploration and development of a nascent gay community. Of particular focus will be the creation of queer spirituality based on popular Greco-Roman themes in the magazines, as well as the contributions to a theology of embodiment by queer clergy like Reverend Robert Wood, who published short essays in the beefcake magazine Grecian Guild Pictorial.

Introducing Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala as Director of the Madrasa-Midrasha Program
6:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

Please join us in introducing Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala as the Director of the GTU's Madrasa-Midrasha Program. Her talk is entitled "The Sermon of Fatima: Women's Theology, Leadership, and Social Justice."

Navigating Topographies of Belonging and Difference: Contemporary Shared Sacred Sites in the Mediterranean
12:00 p.m. PST, online

Dr. Karen Barkey of UCB will deliver the 2021 Surjit Singh Lecture. This lecture focuses on shared sacred sites, places that are holy for members of multiple religious groups, and how the participants in these sites mediate, negotiate, and come to accept difference. Drawing upon three summers of ethnographic research, she will examine the stories people tell about belonging to a space, and the stories of sharing that become embedded within the local culture.

Zotero Workshop
4:00-5:00 PDT, online

Learn to use this free citation management software to organize your research. It integrates with Microsoft Office to create an alphabetized bibliography in your choice of style, including Turabian. Held online in Zoom. Zoom meeting ID 510-649-2501. No RSVP required, join anytime. Questions? Email Stephanie, the branch librarian.

Pre-assignment: download Zotero 5.0 & the browser connector. 

An Exploration of Queer and Trans Ministry with the Transgender Seminarian Cohort: an Online CLGS Event
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. PDT, zoom

Members of the Trans Seminarian Leadership Cohort, a group of trans and non-binary seminary students, will explore ministry and religious leadership in our current social and political climate.  Presenters will share their own individual callings and experiences in religious formation.  In addition they will discuss how the state of our world today, including continued anti-Black racism and the COVID-19 pandemic, has disproportionately impacted BIPOC and transgender and non-binary communities.

Student Seminar with Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst
2:00 p.m., Richard Dinner Center, GTU Library

Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, theologian, missiologist, educator, leader in theological formation for integral mission in Latin America and beyond will speak. No fee but registration required to acquire zoom link.

Fleeing the Hot Spots: Climate Change, Migration, and Mission
7:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst, theologian, missiologist, educator, leader in theological formation for integral mission in Latin America and beyond will speak. No fee / No registration required

Race and Responsibility: A Conversation on Black-Jewish Relations and the Fight for Equal Justice
5:00 p.m. PDT online

How are the historical experiences of the Black and Jewish communities at once distinct and interconnected? Should we see efforts to combat racism and antisemitism as separate struggles? What are African Americans' and Jews' responsibilities to one another in America's current racial reckoning? In this conversation, Eric K. Ward, a leading expert on the relationship between racism, antisemitism, and authoritarian movements; and Michael Rothberg, an eminent scholar of historical exclusion and its legacies, will tackle these questions and other pressing matters in contemporary Black-Jewish relations. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Tina Sacks of the School of Social Welfare.

CLGS Lavender Lunch: "Drag and the Divine" with Mama Celeste
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. PDT via zoom

Mama Celeste (they/them), a Unitarian Universalist-raised preacher’s kid turned glamorous drag impresario, will speak about the history of queer performance as a method of manifesting the divine, as well as the many roles that performance plays within religious cultures.

14th Annual CLGS John E. Boswell Lecture with Lama Rod Owens
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. PDT via zoom

In our present day, when a politics of anger infuses every institutional and cultural sphere, Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger, will explore a radical re-envisioning of this timely topic as he addresses, in particular, those who feel called to metabolize or harness their anger for the purpose of transformation and change.


Community Events and Resources

Solidarity Toward the Common Good: Women Engaging the Catholic Social Tradition
The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition is proud to present a series of events celebrating the forthcoming book, Solidarity Toward the Common Good: Women Engaging the Catholic Social Tradition. Through diverse experiences, identities, and disciplinary approaches, the authors explore both how women have shaped the Catholic Social Tradition (CST) and how their voices have also been marginalized in CST. Each event explores CST with critical attention to intersectionality, exploring gendered dimensions of labor, family, migration, racism, healthcare, and non-violence. This series is scheduled for five Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:00 pm PST.
April 6: Religious Orders of Women Collaborating to Create Institutions of Solidarity, Mary Johnson and Patricia Talone
April 13: Women's Liberating Practice of Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice, Jeanette Rodriguez and Sharon Henderson Callahan
May 4: Womanist-splainin', Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes and Diana Hayes
May 11: Women's Work: What Counts in CST?, Kathleen Maas Weigert and Margarita M. Rose
May 18: Women, Migration, and Domestic Work in CST, Erin Brigham, Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Kristin E. Heyer and Gemma Cruz. (this one only, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. PST)
God of the Outcast Conference: A Graduate Conference on Gender, Sexuality and Catholic Theology
April 6 - 10

Join Gaudete, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry's LGBTQ+ and ally group, for their spring 2021 conference. The conference features keynote speaker, Dr. Linn Marie Tonstad, from Yale University, as well as paper presentations from multiple graduate institutions. The conference seeks to carve out space to reimagine and reappropriate dynamic theologies of God in light of issues of gender and sexuality, with an eye always to the outcast.

Care for Creation is our Soul Work
April 23-35, 4:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT Live at San Damiano in Danville or zoom

As a celebration of Earth Day we will reflect upon how Laudato Si leads us to our soul work in the world.  Are there times you wish you were more connected to your life’s purpose?  Are you seeking the meaning of being alive in this challenging time?  What does it mean to follow Jesus today?

Anne and Terry Symens-Bucher are founders of Canticle Farm, an intentional community in Oakland, California experimenting at the intersection of faith, social justice, and Earth-based activism.  

Retreat both in house at San Damiano, 710 Highland Drive, Danville, and on zoom. Sliding scale fee.

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship for Women Discerning Priestly Ordination

Scholarship applications are open to women and non-binary persons enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate or graduate studies program, or relevant coursework. To be eligible the candidate must be enrolled or participate in at least one class or significant volunteer ministry of comparable scope that they believe would forward the discernment of their call to a life in ordained ministry.  This scholarship is primarily directed to women and non-binary people who wish to be ordained Catholic priests (including Ecumenical Catholic and Roman Catholic Women Priests). Secondarily it is open to those who are seeking priestly ordination in other denominations. Applications are accepted through April 29, 2021. For more information, see

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, Toronto School of Theology Graduate Students' Association Conference

The conference, "Traditioning Sources for Contemporary Theological Engagement," is seeking abstract submissions from graduate level students currently enrolled in masters or doctoral programs. Proposals are due Monday, April 5, with the conference being held virtually on June 11, 2021. All inquiries can be directed to

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

Final session of Lenten Joy at the Margins, with guest Greg Boyle, S.J. 3/18/21. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.

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