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Liturgy News
  • The invitation is still open to participate in our first virtual prayer experience, creating an altarcito (little altar) for the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on November 2. Please submit pictures, videos, (smaller than 100 MB) and/or written words (less than 100 words) about your beloved dead or a favorite saint to Mary Beth Lamb, by Friday, October 23. The moodle site, "JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy" is only available to members of the JST community: faculty, staff, and students.

JST Announcements
  • This week we welcome all JST community members to "JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy." This is a virtual space in Moodle that serves as a locus for encounter and connection within the JST community.  In the various tiles, you will find postings and announcements of community events, gatherings, and activities. "Holy Ground: Virtual Prayer Space" is an online space for prayer and contemplation.  Our first community prayer activity is the altarcito for the month of November.  We hope you will enjoy exploring this online hosting place for interaction, and invite you to return often to learn and to participate with others in the JST community.
  • Tea at JST: Paul Kircher invites JST students for an informal social hour on Mondays from 1-2 p.m. Drop in any time for conversation with other students.  See this link for the zoom information.
  • GTU Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Event: The GTU will be hosting a virtual Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) event on Wednesday, October 21, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Those interested in learning more about CPE in the Bay Area are welcome to attend. For more details about CPE please see: For more information about the GTU event, and the Zoom meeting invite, please contact Mary Beth Lamb at 
  • Survey on Food Security: All JST students are asked to participate in a campus-wide assessment of student food security at SCU. The link to participate can be found here; it takes no more than 10 minutes to fill out and you may be entered to win one of several $50 gift cards for doing so.  Please participate by November 1.
  • Assistance with Food Insecurity: JST students who are experiencing food insecurity may apply for assistance through the SCU Food Insecurity Program
  • Congratulations to two of our JST faculty: Gina Hens-Piazza for being awarded the SCU Presidential Special Recognition Award, and Eduardo Fernández, S.J. for being named the GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.
  • The new student-run journal, New Horizons, is calling for submissions for its first issue, Dual Pandemics: Why Black Lives Matter.  For more information and submission guidelines see Call for Papers, New Horizons Journal

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
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Mission Church at Night

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 will be 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. 13th from 6 to 9 PM and Nov. 14th 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.

Bishop Robert McElroy on Voting, Catholicism, and the 2020 Election
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PDT online

A discussion with Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego, one of the leading Catholic intellectuals in the United States, on voting, Catholic social thought, and the 2020 election.

YouTube LIVE:

Race and Religion in America
5:30 p.m. PDT

Join the Religious Studies department for a conversation led by professors Jim Bennett & Karl Lampley.

AI for Good (Trouble) with Mutale Nkonde
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT, via zoom

What role does artificial intelligence play in the resurgent fight against discrimination in the American criminal justice system? How can it be harnessed to enable a new generation of reformers to bring about true, lasting change? 

GTU News and Events

GTU Library News

For information on how to access the library's resources remotely, click here. 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 available via chat (see Ask a Librarian on the link above) or email at from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday Meditation

Meet weekly on Thursdays from noon - 1:15 p.m. PDT 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

GTU Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Event
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PDT, via zoom

All those interested in learning about Clinical Pastoral Education are welcome and encouraged to attend. Representatives from ACPE-certified CPE programs throughout the greater Bay Area will be available to share information regarding each ACPE center and the CPE educational process.  For more details about CPE please see: For more information about the GTU event, and the Zoom meeting invite, please contact Mary Beth Lamb at

CLGS: Engendering Solidarity and Defiant Spirituality Among Church Leaders with Rev. Dr. Traci West
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. PDT, ONLINE at,

In this political moment, how can scholar-activist church leaders create common understandings that undermine patterns of society-wide abuse and intra-communal betrayal, and instead deepen their solidarity with one another? What are effective ways of expressing defiance of heteropatriarchal abuser logic and white supremacy through our spiritual resources and practices? This lecture will include examples from Dr. West’s study of transnational Africana activist leadership to end gender violence.

Art Break with Gideon M. M'Imwonyo-Mbui (GTU PhD student, Theology and Ethics)
4:00 p.m. PDT, online

Gideon will discuss his art practice, which includes knitting, singing, and using his talents to brighten and enrich other people's lives.

Bring your own creative endeavors to share, and come ready to discuss how the arts can heal and provide solace during uncertain and frightening times. 

Please RSVP to!

CLGS Webinar: Liberating Religious Liberty: Faith Organizing within Catholic Communities
9:00-11:00 a.m. PDT via zoom

This training is designed to foster effective conversations with legislators, turn stories into Op Eds and Letters to the Editor, or simply how to become a better advocate for the LGHTC) Catholic community.

Facilitated by Father Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theology and Social Ethics at Fordham University, and Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, Coordinator of the CLGS African American Roundtable.

Drawing the Soul Toward Truth Artist Panel
5:00 - 7:00 pm PDT, on zoom

Panel discussion with artists from CARe's Fall 2020 exhibition, Drawing the Soul Toward Truth: Hindu and Muslim Sacred Geometry.

Please email to RSVP!

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


Community Events and Resources

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

The events of this year emphasize the need to gather as members of a community committed to social justice for continued education and action. From October 19-26, take a stand with the Ignatian Solidarity Network as part of the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the United States. For more information, see Register at:

Harm, Healing and Human Dignity: All-Virtual Catholic Conference on Restorative Justice

Join hundreds of impacted persons, Catholic ministry leaders, restorative justice advocates, and others for this first-ever, 3-day virtual conference on restorative justice: October 27, 29 and 31. To learn more about the conference or to register, see Fee: $99, with scholarships available.

Theology in Stone: A Seminar

The sacred art and architecture of churches teaches us a great deal about our faith. This online, 5-week seminar explores the theology behind our churches, from the simple house churches that gave life to the earliest Christian communities to the great cathedrals. Offered in collaboration with Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. Meets Mondays, Sept. 28 - Oct. 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m. PDT; free and open to the public. 

For more information and to register see

Towards Becoming an Antiracist: Virtual Retreat
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PDT, online from St. Ignatius Parish, San Francisco

Focusing in particular around our experiences of being from different racial groups, this retreat will help us examine our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and ourselves. In particular, retreatants will be invited to self-reflection grounded in prayer and in the life of Jesus Christ. Beginning personally inward, the retreat invites participants to reflect on racial difference as a step in the journey to racial reconciliation and justice.

Confronting Urgent Threats to Human Health and Society: COVID-19 and Climate Change
7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. PDT, online

The National Academy of Medicine is hosting this free public online event. They will open with a keynote address by Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The address titled “Crises, Fast and Slow,” will reflect on COVID-19, climate change, and the imperative for global collaboration. The first session will explore the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, including virus emergence, the impact of the pandemic, and US and global preparedness and response. The second session will explore the environmental, societal, and individual impacts of climate change on human health. 

“Reflections During the First Few Years of a Spiritual Care Position”
4:00 - 5:30 PDT

Second 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.

"Why Ordaining Women is About More than Making Women Priests" with Jamie Manson
4:30 PDT by zoom

Fairfield University presents its 27th Annual Christopher F. Mooney, S.J. Lecture in Theology, Religion & Society. This zoom webinar is free and open to the public, but you must register.

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

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

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

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

Call for Papers: New Horizons
Announcing New Horizons: A Journal of the Students of Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University!
This semester, JST's student-run journal is back. Inaugural issue: Dual Pandemics: Why Black Lives Matter.
New Horizons invites submissions for its inaugural issue on the theme of race and theology, inspired by the U.S.-based and global Black Lives Matter movement and the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Black and indigenous communities in the U.S. Please submit your manuscript by 5:00 p.m. PDT, November 1. The Submission guidelines can be found at Call for Papers, New Horizons Journal. To learn more about the journal, contact Barb Kozee,
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, 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

 Front Row: Thomas Bambrick, Dayne Malcolm, Robert Karle, Back Row: Hung Nguyen, John Guyol, Louis Hotop, Zachariah Presutti, Jeff Dorr

Jesuit Candidates for the Diaconate

Back row: Hung T. Nguyen, John W. Guyol, Louis R. Hotop, Zachariah F. Presutti, Jeffrey R. Dorr

Front Row: Thomas A. Bambrick, Dayne S. Malcolm, Robert E. Carle.

Photo by Dan Nevares, S.J.

To submit items for publication in this newsletter, please send to by noon on Wednesday of the week you want it published. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit photos of events for the photo of the week.

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