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Liturgy News
  • Our liturgy in celebration of Black Catholic History Month will take place on Friday, November 13, at 7:30 a.m. PST. 
  • Other resources for observing Black Catholic History month may be found in the Moodle site, JST Community Life, Prayer, and Liturgy, in the Black Catholic History tile.
  • Sara Postlethwaite, JST student in the S.T.L. program, has collaborated with her VDMF community in creating a Litany of Black Catholic Saints, also remembering black persons who have died at the hands of the police.  We have included this litany as one of the slides in the altarcito for those lost to gun violence in the Moodle site, JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy, in the "Holy Ground" tile.
  • During the month of November, you may continue to send remembrances of lost loved ones or tributes to those lost to gun violence.   See more information in JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy, in the Holy Ground tile.
  • This coming week, a group of JST students from India will lead a liturgy in celebration of Diwali, the Festival of Lights in Hindu tradition.  Watch for an e-mail regarding the time for this liturgy.

JST Announcements
  • REMINDER: Early Registration for Spring and Intersession courses begins Monday, November 9.  Early registration will remain open until Friday, November 20.  Contact your advisor now, then begin registering on November 9.  If you have any registration problems, email Jim Oberhausen:
  • Kate Barush will participate on a GTU panel, Sacred Art and Religious Dialogue, on Friday, November 13, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. PST.   See more information here.
  • Starting Oct. 25 and continuing through Nov. 8 various countries in the world are changing time zones. For a succinct description of the upcoming changes, see Upcoming Time Zone Changes
  • Eddie Fernández, SJ has recently been named the GTU's 2020 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.  On November 11, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., Eddie will give his lecture, entitled “Haciendo Memoria: Revisiting Our Blessings at the GTU.”    You may register here for this Zoom event.

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
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SCU Events and Announcements

Building Intercultural Competencies for Ministers Workshops

These 4 part BICM workshops will equip ministers, in light of the call for a New Evangelization, with the requisite skills for proper integration of faith and culture for all ages, national, and cultural backgrounds.

These workshops are “aimed at anyone involved in ecclesial ministry. This includes, of course, bishops, priests and deacons, religious men and women, lay ecclesial ministers who serve in dioceses, parishes, schools and Catholic organizations or other settings.”

Parts 1 and 2 were held on Oct. 23rd from 6 to 9 PM and Oct. 24th from 9 AM to 12 PM. Parts 3 and 4 will be held on Nov. 6th from 6 to 9 PM and Nov. 7th from 9 AM to 12 PM.
 Event Cost $10 per individual session or $35 for all 4 sessions

For more information and to register, click here. Sponsored by the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries.

Election Interference: 2020
noon - 1:00 p.m. PST

Guest Speaker: Renée DiResta, Stanford Internet Observatory

A retrospective analysis of the efforts to interfere in the 2020 election, as well as of the efforts to prevent and combat the interference – and the use of AI in both – from one of the most prominent researchers of information warfare.

How do Indigenous Lives Matter?
5:00 - 7:00 PST via Zoom

(In honor of Native American Heritage Month) To join, click here: (Zoom Password: 848585)

Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids
Nov. 13 and 14, 7:00 p.m., Nov. 15, 2:00 p.m. PST

A liberal white couple opens the doors of their renovated Harlem brownstone to host a cocktail party for a Black Lives Matter activist, his gay white lover, a sistah named Shemeka and the mother of a slain 12-year-old black boy. A night of cocktails and conversation spark emotional debates ranging from under-weight polar bears, Lana Turner, saving the planet, gentrification, racial identity and protecting the lives of black boys. Event is free and delivered online, but you must register!

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:

CLGS Lavender Lunch: Ministry in a Time of Pandemic, Continuing the Conversation
noon to 1:10 p.m. PST, ONLINE at,

This CLGS Lavender Lunch continues a discussion begun last Spring on pastoral ministry during a time of pandemic.  CLGS staff members who serve in a variety of pastoral settings will share their experiences of ministry in this ongoing worldwide health crisis.

Why Christianity is Good for Science with Dr. Ted Davis
5:00 p.m. PST

A vocal group of contemporary scientists and others known as the "New Atheists" pit reason versus religion, fact versus faith, and science versus Christianity. This talk responds directly to that attitude. To register, please email Melissa L. Moritz at

“Haciendo Memoria: Revisiting Our Blessings at the GTU,” with Dr. Eduardo Fernández, S.J.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., PST, online event

The 45th annual Distinguished Faculty Lecture, titled, “Haciendo Memoria: Revisiting Our Blessings at the GTU,” will include Dr. Fernández’s reflections on both the blessings of our past as well as some dawning opportunities for the future. 

"What's Next?" How the Election Impacts Queer Jews
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. PST, online

In this CLGS Jewish Queeries Series event, Rabbi Dr. Jay Michaelson will analyze the results of the election and offer possibilities for the next few months, as well as the long term implications for our community. The discussion will focus on practical, spiritual, and ethical directions each of us might consider for the future.

The Specter of the Orient: Jewishness as a Religio-Racial Affect in Weimar-era Jewish Thought with Paul Nahme
4:00 p.m. PST online

Please join us on November 12th for this online event as part of our 2020-2021 Jews and Race Series with special guest Dr. Paul Nahme.

Sacred Art and Interreligious Dialogue
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. PST

CARe welcomes Dr. Kathryn Barush of the GTU, Dr. Tazim Kassam of Syracuse University, and Dr. Vijaya Nagarajan of the University of San Francisco for a panel discussion exploring the intersection of aesthetics and interreligious dialogue and experience. Please email to RSVP.

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.


Community Events and Resources

Online Conference for Catechetical Ministry: Hope, Heal, Renew

Thursday, Nov. 12 - Saturday, Nov. 14. The Catechetical Ministry Annual Conference is online, sponsored by the eight Catholic dioceses of Fresno, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Monterey, Reno, San Bernardino, Stockton, and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Participants from these (arch) dioceses are able to participate for $15.00. ​ If you are from outside this area, you are invited to participate for $25.00. Gather online to explore transformative new ideas, deepen in faith, and share diverse gifts with one another. Registration for the 2020 Virtual Conference is now open. For speakers, schedule, and registration, click here.

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
Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Election: What Happened? Why? What Now?
10:00 - 11:00 p.m. PST online

A week after the United States’ election day, this online Georgetown dialogue will bring together respected reporters on faith and politics to examine how religious values, voters, and communities shaped the debate and affected the outcome of the election. They will look back at what issues, strategies, and tactics were used by the Trump and Biden campaigns and how effective they were. RSVP required.

Speak Out Election Debrief: 2020 and Beyond
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. PST, via zoom
Join SpeakOut one week after the election, as we hear from three brilliant changemakers who will look at this year’s critical presidential election through a racial and social justice lens: Hear from Dr. Melina Abdullah, an acclaimed professor and frontline leader of Black Lives Matter, Helen Zia, an award-winning journalist and scholar, and Tim Wise, one of the country’s leading anti-racism educators and authors. Sliding scale: $5-$50.
Spirituality and Public Service: Jesuit Retreat Center Online Discussion
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. PST, online

Internationally renowned Fr. Tom Weston, S.J will be our Featured Speaker, JRC Board President Kim Manca will MC and Executive Director Fr. Chi Ngo, S.J, will moderate.

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.

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.

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

FASPE, Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics -- NEW!!

FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. The curriculum is designed to challenge Fellows to critically examine constructs, current developments and issues that raise ethical concerns in their professions in contemporary settings in which they work.
The Fellowship is fully funded; and we will be awarding the 2021 FASPE Seminary Fellowship to between 4 and 8 applicants. The program is planned to take place in Germany and Poland, and sessions are held at sites of Nazi actions so that Fellows benefit from an immersive, contextual experience. (If health considerations prohibit international travel, the program may be subject to change.) The 2021 program will run from June 11 to June 25.

For further information about FASPE program, see the FASPE Fellowship flyer. Potential applicants can register here. The application deadline is January 6, 2021, 8:59 p.m. PST.

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

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Store front window signs, Black Lives Matter, Grand Avenue in Oakland. Photos submitted by Anne Zehren for Altarcito for those lost to gun violence and police violence .

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