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Liturgy News

You can find various resources for prayer and upcoming services in the JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy Moodle site.

  • In the "Holy Ground" tile, you will find a discussion board that allows you to post prayers for your own country or for the world as we celebrate International Education Week, Nov. 16-20. As well, you can still access and contribute to the Altarcitos for those lost to gun violence, and the JST Altarcito for our beloved dead. 
  • In the "Liturgies: Past and Upcoming" tile you can find the video and PowerPoint for the celebration of Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights on Nov. 12 as well as the recording, PowerPoint, and Worship Aid for the celebration of Black Catholic History from the morning of Nov. 13.
  • In the "Black Catholic History Month" tile are resources for observing Black Catholic History month.

JST Announcements
  • Fr. George Murphy, S.J. will lead a morning of prayer, Thanksgiving in a Time of Covid, on Saturday, November 21, 9:30 a.m. - noon PST. This morning retreat will include some input, some time for personal prayer, and an opportunity for faith sharing. If you want to participate, contact George Murphy at and he will send you a Zoom link.
  • For those attending the USF talk by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams on Why Black Catholic History Matters (November 16, noon-1:00), the Tea at JST event at 1:00 will serve as an opportunity to discuss her presentation. Be sure to register for the talk ahead of time.
  • REMINDER: Early Registration for Spring and Intersession courses is open until Friday, November 20. Consult with your advisor before you register.  If you have any registration problems, email Jim Oberhausen:

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Legacy of the Salvadoran Martyrs Panel and Prayer Vigil
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. PST for panel, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. for prayer vigil

Join Santa Clara University for a two-part virtual event in honor of the anniversary of the Salvadoran Martyrs of the UCA. We will discuss the role of Jesuit Universities to remember and reflect upon their legacy.

Film Screening, Gather and Talkback
5:30-6:45 p.m. PST online

The film, Gather, examines Native Americans reclaiming their spiritual, political, and cultural identities through food sovereignty. The film will be screened through the platform StorySpaces followed by a talkback via Zoom with the Director of the film, Sanjay Rawal, from 7pm-8pm PDT. This event is co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative, and The Forge Garden. Please register for a ticket to the screening. The zoom info for the talkback is here.

US Cultural Conversation: Writing and Academic Success
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PST, on zoom

Join ISS and Professor Denise Krane of The HUB Writing Center to learn more about U.S. academic writing, especially how cultural views and expectations shape citation (or academic integrity) values. This popular and entertaining presentation is back for the 3rd year!

Agroecology for Food System Change: A Dialogue Series on Land, LIfe and Livelihood
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. PST

The first session focuses on using agroecology to drive food system change in North and Central America: Responses and collaborations to address the present economic-ecological crisis, in partnership with the Jesuit Conference of South Asia.

Globally renowned environmental expert and advocate, Dr. Vandana Shiva, director of Navdanya International will join the discussions and present a global overview of agroecology as a response to the pandemic and food systems change.

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.

Thursday Meditation

Meet weekly on Thursdays from noon - 1:15 p.m. PST for meditation led by GTU Ph.D. student, Stefan Waligur. It follows a format of chanting, silence and conversation. All are welcome! 

Join Zoom Meeting:

Art Break with Keyona Saquile Lazenby (PSR)
4:00 p.m. PST
Keyona Saquile Lazenby (Pacific School of Religion) will discuss the work of Oakland-based artist Paul Lewin, exploring the relationship of Lewin's work to Indigenous African spiritualities and Ecowomanism.
Please email to RSVP for this free, online event.
Conversation with Dr. Ruth Tsoffar, Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan
3:00 p.m. PST

Conversation with special guest Dr. Ruth Tsoffar on her book Life in Citations: Biblical Narratives and Contemporary Hebrew Culture. Registration info and Zoom links will be made available soon.

CLGS Lavender Lunch: Harm Reduction as Queer Ministry
noon to 1:10 p.m. PST

Blyth Barnow, Harm Reduction Faith Manager for Faith In Public Life Ohio and founder of Femminary, speaks about their ministry as rooted in the Gospel call to healing, justice, and unconditional love.

Marva Shalev Marom | Jews and Race - A Second Exodus: Ethiopian Jews in Israel Between Religion, Nation and State
4:00 p.m. PST online

This event is part of a series on Jews and Race during the 2020-2021 academic year, a collaboration of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, the Berkeley Center for Jewish Studies, the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, and the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies.


Community Events and Resources

Christ Among the Disciplines: an Online Interdisciplinary Conference on Christology
This conference will be held online from Nov. 18- 25. Attendees will hear from nearly 70 world-leading scholars in 16 panels from biblical studies, theology, and philosophy. This conference will also be unique in that the papers for the various book panels will be distributed to conference attendees weeks in advance of the live event. Registration is on a sliding scale, $35-75. Check it out at
Old First Concerts 50th Anniversary Gala
2:00 p.m. PDT livestream

Old First Concerts of San Francisco will ring in its 50th year by presenting some of the Bay Area’s most exciting and innovative chamber music, piano solo, and world music concerts. All proceeds from this event (free-will donation) go to support Bay Area musicians at all stages of their careers and present audiences with eclectic and adventurous programming.

The Platytéra and Pietà: Black Visual Biblical Allegory in Mark Doox's Our Lady of Ferguson and All Who Have Died of Gun Violence
9:00-10:30 a.m. PST, online

Mark Doox and JST M.A.B.L. alum, Albert Honegan, will offer a seminar with the University of Oxford's Bible in Art, Music and Literature seminar. Albert Honegan will read his paper on Doox's icon, and incorporate a few reflections on the deep relevance of this icon in light of current events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and police brutality. Then, Mr. Doox will offer a response to the paper, with insights on the growing impact of his artistry. Register to attend with to receive the Zoom login credentials.

Prayer for the Jesuit Martyrs
9:00 a.m. PST, via Livestream

On the 31st anniversary of the deaths of the Jesuits and their companions in El Salvador in 1989, join the Ignatian Solidarity Network live for the Prayer for the Jesuit Martyrs.

Why Black Catholic History Matters
noon - 1:00 p.m. PST, online

In this talk, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams will explore the long and rich history of Black Catholics in the United States. Paying particular attention to the leading roles played by Black women and girls in the making of U.S. Catholicism, Williams will not only highlight the Church's largely overlooked African roots, but also demonstrate why historical truth-telling must guide any Catholic plan for reparation for slavery and segregation. Sponsored by the Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition at the University of San Francisco. 

Tools for Transformation: How to Educate Your Community on Faith and Justice
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST by zoom

Presented by JustFaith Ministries Oakland/San Jose with Jack Jezreel and Leila Oakley. RSVP required.

Parish Journey for Racial Justice and Equity
12:30 p.m. PST, online

Join with lay and ordained leaders from churches across the U.S. to explore ways to bring racial justice work to life in your parish through reflection, conversation, prayer, and action. Hear from four parishes about their ongoing racial justice work and participate in small group reflection to assess both the barriers to action and ideas for moving forward. Sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Solidarity on Tap with Sr. Peggy O'Neill
6:00 p.m. PST

Meet Sr. Peggy O'Neill, founder, Centro Arte Para la Paz. Enjoy fellowship and hear powerful reflections from members of the network engaged in work for justice—from a screen near you!

What do You Know Now You Wish You Knew Before You Entered the Field?
4:00 - 5:30 PST

Third of a 3- part series put on by the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab of Brandeis University. If interested in these events, please notify Michael Skaggs, Director of Programs, A zoom link will be sent to you shortly beforehand.

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Long-Term Sub Position at St. Francis High School, Sacramento, CA -- NEW!!
St. Francis High School announces a part-time long term sub position for Freshman Theology, January - June, 2021. It would most likely just be 2 days a week in a hybrid model, with some students coming on campus one day a week and some not coming on campus at all.  It is currently not posted to the website but the general employment application and information is here. Lizzy Fahey, MDiv student who currently teaches at St. Francis, is happy to answer any questions for someone who is interested. She can be reached at
Outreach and Communications Program Associate

The Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative of Sebastopol, CA seeks to fill a part-time hourly position. See the Outreach and Communications Program Associate, Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative job description for details.

Part-Time Position as Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation

St. Agnes Church in San Francisco is looking to hire a part-time Coordinator of Children's Faith Formation. Job Description: Pastoral Associate, St. Anselm, Sudbury, MATo Apply: Send a cover letter, resume and two professional references to

2021 J. F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction

The editors of Dappled Things are happy to announce that submissions for this year’s J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction are now open. The contest awards prizes of $500 to the winner, $250 to its runner up, and publication for any additional honorable mentions at the discretion of the editors. Submissions will close on November 30, 2020.

Send your very best short stories here.

For more details, see

Call for Papers: Pandemic and Religion

The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College will be host a virtual graduate conference on the theme: "Pandemic and Religion" on Feb. 27. They invite proposals from graduate and professional students in any discipline.  More information can be found on the Facebook announcement. Abstracts are due on December 15 and should be sent to  Please direct any questions to the Boisi Center's graduate research assistant, Zac Karanovich:

Call for Papers, Journal of Interreligious Studies

Interreligious Perspectives on Contemporary US Politics: (Inter)Religion in Social Movements, Political Organizing, and the Ballot Box

Religion has historically played a central role in American electoral politics, policymaking, movements for social change, and democracy in general; this role remains to this day. Religious institutions, communities, ideas, values, norms, and critique continue to shape individual Americans, party platforms, and the larger political discourse. The impact of religion on contemporary politics, in particular the 2016 and 2020 election cycle, is evidence that religious discourse shapes—and increasingly is shaped by—political discourse in the United States.

Dowload full call for papers here.

The deadline of 8 January 2021 is intended to allow contributors the option to reflect on their research both before and/or after the November 2020 General Election.  If you wish to contribute, please submit your article via the online submissions platform at, and make a note in the comments that it is for this CFP. Contact Axel Takacs (Editor-in-Chief) at with any inquiries. Submissions are due by 8 January 2021.

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

Performing Freedom is Coming at Hekima Chapel

Singers from Hekima College perform Freedom is Coming for the Black Catholic History Celebration, November 13.

In front, Emmanuel Banda, SJ. From left to right in back, Pius Ndekile, SJ, Alex Dakamire, SJ, Peter Omondi, SJ, Fikiri Kamuntu, SJ, José Rakotozafy, SJ, and Oscar Nduri, SJ. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.

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