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Poster with info on movie night, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. PDT

Zoom Link for Xavier.

Magis will not be published on November 27 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Magis will return on December 4, 2020. Enjoy the holiday!

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Liturgy News

Indoor liturgy:  In October, JST was exploring the possibility of indoor liturgy in the Chapel.  However, Alameda County has once more moved into a more restrictive tier with the rise in COVID cases, so only outdoor worship is permitted.  We will reconsider indoor liturgy if conditions improve.  Please see the announcement for the Diocese of Oakland.

Our main Advent liturgy will be a celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday evening, December 11, at 5:15 p.m. PST.  All are welcome to stay for some social time following the liturgy.   See more information here.

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 new discussion board that allows you to post prayers of Thanksgiving.

We invite you to prepare for Christmas and pray throughout Advent with Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Advent Prayer from the Jesuit School of Theology, an online retreat.  Each day of Advent, a member of our community will offer a reflection on that day’s Scripture readings which will be sent to subscribers each morning. Reflections are written by members of the Jesuit School of Theology and Santa Clara University community. For more information and to subscribe, see: Please share with your family and friends. 

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.
  • JST Lay Students are invited to a lay formation gathering on Thursday, December 3, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. PST.  Four JST lay alumni who are now living in New York City will describe their transition from graduate school to professional life, and will relate their experience of work and ministry in this time of the pandemic and the call for racial justice.   This will be a panel with time for questions and discussion.  Please see more information at this link
  • Black Catholic History:  If you missed the talk on Black Catholic History on November 16 at USF, you may view a similar talk by Dr. Shannen Dee Williams at this link, as well as an article that she wrote for NCR.  We have also posted these resources in the Black Catholic History Month tile in JST's Community Life site in Moodle.

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
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SCU Events and Announcements

Music at Noon: Bansuri Virtuoso
noon PST

Hailing from Mumbai, Bansuri Virtuoso Prasad Bhandarkar presents a performance-in-place weaving the intricate techniques and transcending improvisation of Indian Classical Music.

Forge Garden Gifts for the Holidays
5:00-6:30 p.m. PST online

Bring your own hot coco and join us for an evening of sustainable crafting. Be a smart consumer and learn how you can give great gifts without impacting the earth. We will demonstrate a variety of gifts using natural materials that can be made in your own home. Your friends and family will thank you! RSVP for the Zoom link!

Virtual Festival of Lights Concert
5:00 p.m. PST

Livestream from the Mission Church and choral performances; featuring special guest, Rhiannon Giddens, and SCU alumni from around the world.

As is our tradition, the evening concludes with the singing of our favorite holiday carol, "Silent Night," by candlelight. Livestream link will follow later.

Transform Your Stress through Mindfulness
12:15-1:15 p.m. PST, on zoom

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most effective practices for increasing resilience and coping. Mindfulness practice not only deactivates the centers of the brain responsible for emotional reactivity, it helps us engage the rational part of our brain. This workshop will explain basic brain science and offers a powerful roadmap for how to decrease anxiety and stress, boost creative thinking, and strengthen our sense of belonging and purpose.

Fiesta de Guadalupe
8:00 p.m. PST, via Livestream

Celebrate the Feast of Guadalupe with a serenata for la Virgen, Misa en español, and online convivio.

Conversations on Diversity in Silicon Valley: Fireside Chat with Shellye Archambeau
1:00 p.m. PST, online

As one of the first Black female CEOs in Silicon Valley, Shellye Archambeau’s path to success has been defined by ambition and resilience. Join us for a conversation about her professional journey with the president of Santa Clara University, Fr. Kevin O’Brien.

Advent Mini-Retreat
4:00-5:30 p.m. PST via zoom

Fr. Jack Treacy ’77 will help us to take a break from the holiday season rush and remind us of the reason for the season. 

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:

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.

International Students Association Thanksgiving Meet
3:00-4:00 p.m. PST

GTU's Internationa Students Association invites everyone, domestic or international, to come! Join Zoom Meeting

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.

Queer Jewish Love from the Torah to Today: a Gay Orthodox Perspective
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PST by zoom

We sometimes imagine that queer love is a new phenomenon, that it never existed before our time. But the reality is that it has always been part of human and Jewish experience, recognized by the Torah and other Jewish textual sources. Join Rabbi Daniel Atwood as we look at some traditional texts that explore themes of queer love, talk a bit about our lives and loves, and reflect upon the intersection of queerness and Judaism today.

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.

Learning to Love Other People's Children: Climate Justice, Migration, and the Ethics of Care
9:00 a.m. PST, via zoom

Nancy Berlinger, a Hastings Center research scholar, will consider two contemporary problems of collective moral action — the care of the planet and the care of migrants — and argue for linking these problems. Sponsored by PLTS.


Community Events and Resources

School of the Americas Watch 30th Anniversary: Rooted in Resistance

Weekend of Nov. 21 and 22, starting at 9:00 a.m. PST on Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. PST on Sunday. Saturday morning includes 3 panels; Sunday includes a litany and presentes. For more information, go to: To register, go to:

Advent Simplicity Challenge

November 29-December 24
As we prepare our hearts for Advent, join the Advent Simplicity Challenge, sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Learn ways to care for people and the planet and to live simply in a season that is normally filled with mass-consumption. Sign up at:

Advent of Liberation: Calendar of Reflections

GTU Ph.D. student and JST affiliate, Mark Guevarra, invites you to subscribe to "Advent of Liberation: Journeying to Find Emmanuel." This calendar of reflections brings together voices from across faith perspectives to share their experiences of Emmanuel — God with us. Advent is often a time of drawing-inward that mimics the patterns of staying inside that we embody during winter, and we want to share this calendar as a resource to encourage the reflection that can accompany this turning-in time. Over the course of Advent, you will hear from these voices (including students, staff, and alumni from JST and the GTU) by reading inspiring reflections and engaging images, art, video, and song. For more information or to sign up for the Advent reflections go to:

Virtual Posadas: Encountering Hope

December 16-24
From December 16-24, join the Ignatian Solidarity Network in a daily virtual experience of music, art, prayer, reflection, and action as we journey with the holy family and migrants around the world in search of shelter and protection. Sign up here:

Waiting in Hope
4:30 p.m. PST via facebook live

A contemplative evening of Advent music with Tony Alonso. Link to facebook event:

Women Shaping the Catholic Social Tradition with Carolyn Woo
noon - 1:00 p.m. PST, online

This annual lecture honors the memory of Sr. Dorothy Kazel, OSU, Sr. Ita Ford, MM, Sr. Maura Clarke, MM, and lay missionary, Jean Donovan — four Catholic women murdered on Dec. 2, 1980 for their commitment to justice in El Salvador. This series commemorates their witness and lifts up the Catholic sisters and lay women who continue to shape the Catholic social tradition. Sponsored by the Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition at the University of San Francisco. 

Diocesan Pilgrimage - Our Lady of Guadalupe
10:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m., PST, hybrid
10:00 am - 11:00 am: Blessing of Cars (drive by the front of the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Harrison Street)
11:00 am: Bishop Barber's Opening Prayer
11:15 am: Virtual Participation of Parishes Begins on pre-recorded video
12:15 pm: Livestream Conference by Monsignor Eduardo Chávez from Mexico City
1:10 pm: Conference Ends / Preparation for the Eucharist Begins
1:30 pm: Livestream Eucharist with Bishop Barber
For more information, contact Hector D. Medina, Latino Ministries Coordinator,
Together in Unity: Cantare Con Vivo Holiday Concert
4:00-5:00 p.m. PST


Cantare will  present twelve selections in this free, one-hour concert, featuring such past favorites as “Carol of the Bells”, “Oseh Shalom”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “White Christmas” and several others accompanied by full orchestra. The Nova singers will join in a virtual recording of Oscar Peterson’s “Hymn to Freedom” and you will get to sing along at home on a Christmas carol and the classic holiday song, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” 

Click here to subscribe to Cantare’s YouTube channel to receive a link to the concert as soon as it is available. We encourage everyone to set up their home entertainment systems to watch this on a big screen, for the full concert experience, and to share the link with friends and family as well.

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
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

Aaron Pierre, Thomas Bambrick, Prof. Julie Rubio and Ellen Jewett in John Muir Woods

Aaron Pierre, Thomas Bambrick, Julie Rubio, and Ellen Jewett, November 14, Hike to John Muir Woods. Photo by Marty Rubio.

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