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Liturgy News
  • JST hosts liturgy each Thursday in the Gesù Chapel at 12:40 p.m. PDT for JST students, staff and faculty only. The chapel allows for 25 participants, including presider and ministers. Those wishing to attend must register by 10 a.m. on Thursday, following the guidelines presented on the registration form. If more than 25 register, we will contact you if we cannot accommodate you. We also need lectors, ushers, and sanitizing helpers. To volunteer, sign up on the separate Ministry sign-up sheet.  Both the registration form and the ministry sign-up sheet are posted in the the Moodle course, "JST Community Life, Liturgy and Prayer", in the tile, Liturgy Past and Upcoming.
    • Presider: Thursday, May 13: Ablam Atsikin, SJ 
  • Lay Sending:  JST will send forth lay graduates into ministry and service in a Liturgy of the Word with a Rite of Sending on Thursday, May 20, at 5:15 p.m. PDT.  A limited number of participants will attend in person in the Chapel, while all others may attend online.  See here for more information as we post further details.
  • Commencement Mass:  JST will celebrate a Mass giving thanks for all of our May 2021 graduates on Friday, May 21, at 5:15 p.m. PDT.   This will include a blessing of the graduates.  A limited number of participants will attend in the Chapel, while all others may attend online.  See here for more information as we post further details.
JST Announcements
  • April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m PDT
    JST MDiv student, Elise Dubravec, is facilitating the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition of the University of San Francisco discussion series to explore the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences in light of women’s experiences and voices. Full information and Registration
  • Associate Professor Anh Tran, S.J. will present for the Ricci Scholars’ Study Lecture Series (University of San Francisco) on Thursday, May 13, 7:00 a.m. PDT, "The Impact of Catholic Literature on the Faith Identity of Vietnamese Believers in Pre-modern Vietnam (1620-1900)." Sign up here.
  • JST's student journal New Horizons is seeking academic papers, pastoral reflections, and art from graduate students on themes of welcoming the stranger in Fratelli tutti, ranging from climate change to crises of migration and economySubmissions are accepted on a rolling basis and are due by May 28, 2021, to be published in August 2021. Please find the full Call for Papers here and email with any questions.
  • JST will honor our 2021 graduates in a virtual Commencement ceremony of prayer, reflection, acknowledgement, and conferral of degrees on Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. PDT. See here for more information, including the livestream link:

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
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Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Gift of Peace Retreat (3 part zoom series)
- "Disturb our Peace" (Zoom): Saturday, April 24, 11:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
- "Give Us This Day" (Zoom): Saturday, May 8, 11:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
- "Gift of Peace" (Zoom): Saturday, May 22, 11:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
Students may join us for this Spring's Gift of Peace Retreat, which will be a three-part online series of retreats designed to contemplate the presence of peace in our lives. As we continue to engage with the reality and transitions of COVID in our lives, we are invited to reconnect with ourselves and our world in a new way. During this retreat series, we'll explore the theme of peace through an Ignatian lens, reflecting on our story and the larger story we are invited into at this time. We'll spend time considering matters of desire, hope, attachment, freedom and fear. Each retreat session will include a guided reflection, small and large group conversation and prayer. Should you have any questions, feel free to email, Victor Lemus (Campus Minister for Retreats) at: Sign up here.
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.

SCU Listens & Learns - Solidarity in Action: The Power of Coalitions
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT
This conversation will focus on solidarity in action, following a year of violence against Black, Brown, and AAPI communities.
Healing Eco-Anxiety
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. PDT

An experiential workshop that helps you stay refreshed, energized, and sane while tackling the climate crisis.

Racial Justice in a Global Context
noon-1:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

As part of our 2020-21 Global Community Hour series, our Spring Quarter panel will explore Racial Justice in a Global Context.

Writing with Joy: A Conversation on Pop Culture
4:00-5:00 p.m. PDT

Join R. Eric Thomas, national best-selling author, and Dr. Danielle Morgan, assistant professor of English at SCU, as they talk about why pop culture matters and writing about current events with joy and rigor.

The Ethics of Local Listening: Practicing Moral Theology as Accompaniment and Solidarity with Meghan Clarke
5:00 p.m. PDT via zoom

Please join SCU's Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries in understanding the ethics of local listening and how it impacts our call to accompaniment and solidarity. Meghan Clarke is an associate professor of Theology at St. John's University in NY.

Transformational Growth with Coach George Flowers
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. PDT online

In this session, you will learn how to tap into resilience and identify strategies that help you achieve extraordinary levels of excellence in the face of stress and change. Be prepared to reach new levels of personal performance in this training. Registration is limited.

Workshop for SCU in Quarantine: Our Pandemic Stories
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PDT
Understanding Everyday Racism to Move Toward Racial Equity with Dr. Lindsay Pérez Huber
4:00 p.m. PDT

Utilizing the tool of racial microaggressions, Dr. Lindsay Pérez Huber provides an understanding of how everyday and systemic racism emerges in schools, colleges, and universities, and how it negatively impacts Students of Color. She provides strategies to disrupt everyday racism and what institutions need to consider to move toward racial equity.

Our Cannonball Moment: An Ignatian Examen for the Entire SCU Community
12:15 - 12:45 p.m. PDT

Tony Cortese, S.J., Co-Chair of the Ignatian Year Planning Committee, will facilitate this virtual Examen. This particular Examen will be an invitation to the entire SCU community to reflect on how the story of Ignatius’ may parallel our own story and stories.

Getting to Know Ignatius in Word and Image: Biographical Details and Cannonball Reflections
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PDT, via zoom

David DeCosse, Co-Chair of the Ignatian Year Planning Committee, will host a virtual event in which we will:

- Join in a communal reading of the first chapter of the Autobiography of St. Ignatius

- Watch a presentation by Kathryn Barush, Bertelsen Professor of Art History and Religion at the Jesuit School of Theology of SCU, on images of the life of Ignatius

- Hear a reflection on Ignatius’ cannonball moment by Katherine Sanchez, SCU ’21

- Open things up for discussion

Workshop for SCU in Quarantine: Our Pandemic Stories
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT
The Book of Holding On
May 21 and 22, 7:00 p.m May 23, 2:00 p.m. PDT

THE BOOK OF HOLDING ON is a whimsical, poignant exploration of growing up, teenage mental illness (in particular, obsessive thoughts), and coping with change. The adolescents are played by adult actors, suggesting that the central challenges depicted often last throughout our lives. 

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.
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 Lavender Lunch: "Sexuality, Gender, and Power in Traditional IFÁ Religion and Its Diasporic Renditions" with Ọyasùúrù Ifáwárìnwa
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. PDT via zoom

In this Lavender Lunch Ọyasùúrù Ifáwárìnwa, an Iyanifa (an initiated IFA priest), discusses understandings of sexuality, gender, and play in Ifá, a Yoruba religion.  Drawing upon the ancient and vibrant proverbs, poems, and stories of the Ifá tradition, Ọyasùúrù Ifáwárìnwa will explore some of the ways in which gender, sexuality, and play interact in this ancient, rich, and living religious tradition.

Urgency for Intersectional Justice: Amplifying Women's Studies in Religion as a Faith-Driven Pathway
4:00 p.m. PDT, zoom

This lecture is aimed to focus a positive light on Women's Studies as a pathway or focus area of specialization that many graduate schools might have; yet are we under-utilizing this opportunity, even at the GTU?! 

Embodied Virtue: Self-sacrifice of the Bodhisattva in Early Buddhist Narrative and Art
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT

Visual representations of the Buddha Shakyamuni’s extended biography have a ubiquitous presence at early Buddhist sites, and played an important part in the spread of Buddhism. A phenomenon starting in India, the preponderance of such visual representations spread and developed widely, with a significant and revolutionary impact on the cultures it reached.  Dr. Dessi Vendova's talk will focus on narrative and visual depictions of previous life stories (jataka) in which the Bodhisattva (the Buddha-to-be) performed extreme acts of generosity involving acts of bodily self-sacrifice. 

Genderqueering Hebrew with Rabbi Noa Sattath: an Online CLGS Jewish Queeries Series Event
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. PDT online

Hebrew is a language that genders EVERYTHING. Sexism and gender binary assumptions are embedded in every sentence. In recent years there’s a growing awareness to the problems of gender in Hebrew, and various creative ideas to offer change. We will explore the ways gender is used in Hebrew and the various radical methods to equalize and de-gender language.  

Madrasa-Midrasha| Psychoanalysis in Judaism and Islam
noon PDT

Join us for a conversation on Psychoanalysis in Judaism and Islam with Dr. Naomi Seidman (University of Toronto) and Dr. Omnia El Shakry (UC Davis).

Dr. Seidman's talk is titled "Dreaming in Yiddish: Freud's Jewish Languages" and will explore the Jewish languages embedded in a number of Freud's dreams through the lens of the Hebrew and Yiddish translation of his work. Dr. El Shakry's talk is titled “Psychoanalysis and Islam: Translation and Tradition in Modern Egypt” and will explore the intersections between the psychoanalytic and Islamic mystical traditions, asking what it might mean to think through psychoanalysis and Islam together, not as a ‘problem,’ but as a creative encounter of ethical engagement.

Cristosal: Advancing LGBT+ Human Rights in Central America: a CLGS Queer & Latinx Faith Conversation
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. PDT

Join the CLGS Latinx Roundtable | Fe, Familia, Igualdad  in a conversation with staff members of Cristosal about their work advancing LGBT+ human rights in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador – known as the Northern Triangle of Central America.


Community Events and Resources

A Virtual Academic Lecture Series at the Ricci Institute

Thursdays, May 13, and 20, 7:00 a.m. PDT

The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco presents the Ricci Scholars’ Study Lecture Series 利氏學仁書齋系列講座 for the 2021 Spring Semester. This series continues our goal to promote research and the study of the history of Christianity in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam by inviting specialists from across the world to share their research through virtual lectures. JST's Rev. Anh Tran, S.J. will present on May 13.

The presentations include:

May 13: The Impact of Catholic Literature on the Faith Identity of Vietnamese Believers in Pre-modern Vietnam (1620-1900) by Rev. Anh Tran, S.J., Associate Professor of Theology, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University

May 20: Sources and History: Some Archival Collections in the Study of the History of Christianity in China, Japan, and Korea, by Rev. Dr. M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., Associate Professor, University of San Francisco; Dr. Hongyan Xiang, Associate Professor, Colorado State University; Dr. Franklin Rausch, Associate Professor, Lander University.

7th Annual Bay Area Book Festival

The Bay Area Book Festival will be virtual online from  May 1 - 9. 

From a civil rights activist who wrote what Van Jones called “the book we have been waiting for,” to a Nobel laureate known as “an artist without ego,” to some of the most subversive and spellbinding award-winners on the literary scene, there’s something for every taste, mood, and brand-new beginning.

The 2021 festival lineup is here! Grab your festival passes, register for our free events, and join some of the most exciting authors today! Check it out here!

Women’s Experiences and the Jesuit Mission: Discerning the Next 10 Years
April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m PDT
JST MDiv student, Elise Dubravec, is facilitating the Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition of the University of San Francisco discussion series to explore the Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences in light of women’s experiences and voices. Each week, participants are welcome to join this virtual, lunchtime discussion to share their thoughts, opinions, and feelings about the UAP presented. Before the discussion, recommended reading material is provided for context and directing conversation. Participants are welcome to bring lunch or snacks!
Register HERE.
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, starting April 6.
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)
St. Ignatius Parish Virtual Virtuoso Concert Series
7:30 p.m. PDT via youtube
Songs of San Francisco: A Celebration of Bay Area Composers: Eric Choate, Theodore Gargiulo, Vince Guaraldi, Kirke Mechem, and Joseph Wichte. View on youtube:

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist, part-time, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA

St Ignatius Parish is seeking a part-time Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist to be the primary liturgical accompanist for 3-4 weekend Masses, special liturgies (e.g. Holy Week and Christmas), weddings and funerals. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished instrumentalist (both piano and organ experience) and vocalist, with outstanding communication and organizational skills. Ultimately the CLA is a person who can work with musicians of all skill levels to produce an excellent liturgical outcome, a person able to build relationships and trust among all the musicians they encounter in a variety of situations.  

For more details, go to

Part-Time Internship with Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Diocese of Oakland's Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) office is looking for someone to fill a CCHD Internship that entails 13-14 hours per week for the 2021-22 school year. The job description can be found at For questions about the internship, please contact the CCHD Diocesan Coordinator at (510) 768-3176 or

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

Call for Papers, Conference for the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience

The conference, "In the Shadows of Religious Experience: Hostility, Violence, Revenge," a webinar hosted by the University of Vienna, will take place online Oct. 6-8, 2021. Please submit papers of no more than 600 words, formatted for anonymous review, before July 10, 2021. Enclose your biographic information in the body of the email. Send the paper to You should receive a response acknowledging your submission. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by July 20, 2021. For more information on the webinar, click here

Call for Papers: Teaching Religion & Theology

Teaching Theology & Religion encourages all members of the GTU community to contribute to upcoming volumes of the journal.

Co-editors Drs. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero (PhD ’15) and Jennifer W. Davidson (PhD ’11) are looking for full articles (4,000 to 7,000 words), In the Classroom essays about concrete teaching practices (up to 3000 words), Teaching Tactics on a specific repeatable practice (400 words), or reviews. More information on submitting articles is available here.

MA and MTS presentations by Maureen Pratt and Ping-Chung Wong on May 4, 2021. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.

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