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Liturgy News
  • 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 11, MTS student and art therapist Laura Miera will host this prayer gathering with Homeboy artist and substance abuse specialist Fabian Debora. After a short visual presentation on Homeboy art related to Station 10 (Jesus is Stripped), Fabian Deborah will lead us in prayerful reflection of his experience of art as both healing and a stripping down of a false self before God. 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 Lenten discussion series on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. PST.  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.
  • 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". To register, click here

Of Interest Elsewhere

Lumen et Vita Conference: A Feast for All Peoples

Three JST students, Sabina Fila, Barb Kozee and Laura Miera, will present papers at the virtual Lumen et Vita Conference hosted by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, March 8 -11. JST students are invited to the Lumen et Vita virtual spring conference. Click here for more information and to register as a participant.

Cantare Con Vivo, Steal Away
Cantare Con Vivo's Chamber Ensemble sings Steal Away, a spiritual arranged by Norman Luboff, for Black History Month. Paul Kircher, Assistant Dean of Student Life, is a member.
Bolero Juilliard
This arrangement of Maurice Ravel's Bolero comes from the Juilliard School for performing arts education in New York, recorded in April 2020. May it enliven your day!

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

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! 

International Women's Day Poetry Workshop
5:30-6:30 p.m. PST

Renowned poet and public intellectual Dr. Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs will offer a reading of her own poetry, and then guide us in poetry writing exercises of our own. Dr. Gutiérrez y Muhs is Professor of Modern Languages and Women Studies in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at Seattle University.

No poetry experience necessary! This event is open to all, regardless of gender identity or expression.

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.

CLGS Souls A'Fire 7: an online national gathering on Black Queer Theology
March 13, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., March 14 8:00 a.m. PST, via zoom
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.

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


Community Events and Resources

Lumen et Vita Virtual Conference: A Feast for All Peoples
March 8 - 11, livestream and zoom

JST students are invited to join Lumen et Vita for our spring 2021 conference: A Feast for All Peoples. The keynote speaker, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of the El Paso diocese, invited the faithful last summer to "Look at the witness of those who are bravely taking up their parts in the drama of salvation unfolding in front of us." These words are perhaps more relevant now than when they were first proclaimed, in the wake of the continuing global pandemic, racial violence, and the recent attacks at the U.S. Capitol. Through this conference, we hope to lift the prophetic witness of the marginalized in the constant pursuit of a more just world.

Three JST students are presenting papers: Sabina Fila, Barb Kozee and Laura Miera.

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.

Decolonization and Rematriation: Cultivating Roots for Connection and Healing with Lakota Harden
1:00 p.m. PST, livestream

In this SpeakOut virtual event, long-time organizer and community leader Lakota Harden (Minnecoujou/Yankton Lakota and HoChunk) draws on her life experiences, ancestral memory, and four decades in Native American struggles to look at how we can liberate ourselves and our society, and cultivate roots for connection. Sliding scale: $5-25.

Environmental Justice: A Conversation with Activist Hilton Kelley
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. online

Co-sponsored by Catholic Health Association with the Catholic Climate Covenant (CCC), the webinar features Mr. Kelley and will address how and why low-income and communities of color are victims of environmental injustice and how to work with community members to advocate for improved environmental health. Members of the Catholic Climate Covenant may register for free. Non-members $100.

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.

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

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

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 -- NEW!!
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 3/7/21.
Call for Papers, Toronto School of Theology Graduate Students' Association Conference -- NEW!!

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

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.

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

Black History Month Celebration, February 26.  Joshua Peters, SJ, JST MDIV 2020 graduate, sings. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.

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