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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.
JST Announcements
  • “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

Descendants of Jesuit Slaveholding and US Jesuit Partnership

On March 16, 2021, U.S. Jesuit leaders and leaders of descendants of slaves sold in 1838 to finance Georgetown University announced their formation of a charitable foundation to advance racial healing and justice.  Go to for a description of this partnership, as well as a recorded video message from Brian Paulson, S.J., the future Vice-Chancellor of JST.  This article in the New York Times broke the news to the public:

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
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Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

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


Covid Vaccine Rollout: The Practical, Ethical and Legal Considerations
March 12:00 p.m. PST
Spinning the Web: Conversation with the Father of the Internet, Dr. Vint Cerf
2:00 p.m. PST, livestream

Dr. Cerf is widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet” due to his work as a co-inventor of TCP/IP, the Internet Protocol that has laid the foundation for the Internet that we know and appreciate today. Since 2005, Dr. Cerf has served as Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist where he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google.

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.

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! 

American Academy of Religion, Western Region Conference: Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice
March 19-21, PDT via zoom

The Graduate Theological Union will host the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) March 19-21, 2021. Fee: $15 -50.

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.

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. 

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 / No registration required

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.


Community Events and Resources

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. PDT

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.

Solidarity on Tap: Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi, Ph.D.
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. PDT, livestream

Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi brings passion for creating more equitable, inclusive and caring campus climate and culture for all. She is an executive leader skilled at building organizational capacity through strategic initiatives with over 20 years experience in California higher education in academic affairs, student life, community engagement, and diversity and inclusion. Currently she is the Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach and an associate professor of organizations, communication and leadership at the University of San Francisco.

White Supremacy and Cancel Culture: Countering Right Wing Attacks on Anti-Racism Work
1:00-2:00 p.m. PST

In this Speak Out webinar, activist, public intellectual, and professor, Loretta Ross, will discuss how the cries of “cancel culture” by the right wing serve to reassert white supremacist dominance by describing the most privileged as victims. Ross lays out the need for a coordinated and politically astute strategy to counter these attacks on anti-racist education and DEI. She brings decades of experience to a topic so critical to building a unified and strategic movement. Sliding scale: $5-$25.

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

Call for Papers -- NEW!!
The American Catholic Historical Association invites submissions on any topic relevant to the study of Catholicism for its annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, January 6-8, 2022. The deadline is Tuesday, March 23. Here is the link for the CFP portal:
Summer Research and Writing Grant -- NEW!!
The American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA) announces its deadline is for the Summer Research and Writing Grant. They will award four grants of $1,500 to graduate students and/or contingent faculty to support research, travel, and/or writing. The deadline to apply is March 30. Here is the link to the application form and further information:
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

Job Announcement: Admission and Residence Life Coordinator
PLTS is seeking to fill the position of Admission and Residence Life Coordinator. Under the direction of the Director of Admission and the Associate Dean for Student and Academic Affairs, the position is responsible for planning and executing admission processes and events, and coordinating housing for students. The Coordinator supports the Admission Office by overseeing the admission and residence life experience at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS). Applications close on 3/21/21.
Administrative and Communications Coordinator for Wisdom & Money

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.

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

Welcome to the latest member of the JST community, Ruby Zemira Leach-Nati, 7 lbs., 5 oz., who was born on March 13, 2021 to Katie and James Nati. Photo on March 15 from James Nati.

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