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This 2016 film depicts the bonds of friendship as well as the tensions in the early Franciscan community.  Join us tonight! Zoom Link 


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Liturgy News
  • We have posted the schedule of online Masses and outdoor communion reception for several parishes in the Bay Area that have a JST presence. Scroll down to the Local Parishes link for the information. 

JST Announcements
  • 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 Student Employment: JST currently has four openings for part-time employment for JST students. See here for the job postings; scroll down to Student Employment.
  • JST Lay Formation Gathering this Thursday, October 8.  Please see here for more information.  If you have not done so already, please RSVP with Paul Kircher at
  • Some socially distanced, masked hiking venues have been created for JST in the Bay Area this semester. Paul Janowiak is continuing the Saturday morning Wildkatz hikes in Tilden, leaving at 8:10 a.m. PDT from the parking lot at Hagemann. Contact Paul at for more information. Jean-François Racine will lead a 2-hour hike in Roberts Regional in Oakland on Saturday, October 17, 9:00 a.m. More information and registration at Hike in Roberts Regional Park. Julie Rubio will lead a 7-mile hike from the Bootjack Campground in Marin County to John Muir Woods on Saturday, November 14, at 8:30 a.m. PDT. More information and registration at Hike to John Muir Woods in Marin.
  • JST is offering supplemental assistance for students who are experiencing financial need as a result of developments related to COVID-19.  Please see the full information and application form at JST Supplemental Assistance. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 5. If you have questions, please contact Paul Kircher,

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
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SCU Events and Announcements

tUrn project at SCU
tUrn facilitates university-wide climate crisis awareness and action. tUrn is designed as a dynamic interplay of transformative headliner events, resources grouped by themes to spark conversation and action, and partners near and far who are making it all happen +, most importantly, U! tUrn takes place for one week in October and one week in April. Upcoming tUrn is fall 2020:  October 12-16. Many events are planned each day. For headliners and registration, see
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.

The New Nuclear Arms Race, Its Dangers, and How to Turn it Around
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. PDT

Join us via Zoom to hear Dr. Rob Goldston, professor Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, speak to us about the new nuclear arms race.  You won’t want to miss it!

The United States and Russia are engaged in the first phases of a new nuclear arms race. With the recent shredding of arms-control agreements, this race may proceed unfettered and could lead to unprecedented dangers to humanity. As scientists we are obliged to understand the dynamics of this race and its dangers, and to lead in averting the rush to oblivion.

Please contact Professor Betty Young,, for details on how to connect to this talk.

Impact of Domestic Violence at the Intersections
5:00 - 7:00 PDT via Zoom

A collaboration with the Wellness Center in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

To join, click here: (Zoom Password: 180673)

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

Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Experience with Bhakti music
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. PDT, online

Join Aks & Lakshmi in a concert of Ecstatic Bhakti Music that takes listeners through a full-body relaxation in savasana. The musical experience will be preceded by a presentation on the Nature of Sacred Sound in Bhakti Yoga given by Dr. Graham Schweig (Garuda Das Kavirāja).

The fee has been cancelled, but you must pre-register for this event to receive the zoom link.

Book Release Party with Dr. Devin Zuber and Rev. Nate Klug
4:00 pm PDT, online

Join us on Zoom for a conversation with Dr. Devin Zuber and Rev. Nate Klug on their latest publications:

• A Language of Things: Emanuel Swedenborg and the American Environmental Imagination, Dr. Devin Zuber (University of Virginia Press) offers a critical attempt to restore the fundamental role that religious experience could play in shaping nineteenth-century American approaches to natural space. 

• Hosts and Guests: Poems, Rev. Nate Klug (Princeton University Press), an exciting new collection from a poet whose debut was praised by Colorado Review as "a seduction by way of small astonishment." 

Attendees will receive a discount code for 30% off purchases of Nate Klug's book.

The Spiritual Journey of Homo Sapiens with Dr. Jim Stump
5:00 p.m., PDT, online event

We often talk of our individual spiritual journey -- the highs and the lows that have contributed to my becoming the person I am today. Perhaps we might speak in similar terms about the spiritual journey of our species. 

Jim Stump is Vice President at BioLogos. He oversees the editorial team, participates in strategic planning, and hosts the podcast, Language of God. 

The discussion will be moderated by Robert John Russell, with the lecture followed by a brief question and answer period.  Please email to register. Confirmation emails with Zoom link will be sent mid-September. 

CLGS Lavender Lunch: From Seminary to Student Affairs: Rowan Queathem
noon - 1:10 p.m. PDT via zoom
Recent Pacific School of Religion (PSR) graduate Rowan Queathem (they/he) will speak about their current ministry as the Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion at New England College in New Hampshire.
Assembly without Assembly: Sacred Gatherings in the Time of Covid
4:00 p.m. PDT online

Please join Rabbi Yonatan Cohen and Dr. Ahmed Khater as we consider the challenges that the pandemic has posed to traditional forms of assembly and the way in which Muslim and Jewish religious leaders have helped to forge the possibility of assembly in a time of social distance.

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.


Community Events and Resources

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. The Oct. 5 presentation will be by Jean-Paul Hernandez, S.J. of the Gregorian University in Rome on Early Christian Churches and Origins of our Faith. 

For more information and to register see

Envisioning a Just Society: Post-COVID-19, Sept. 15-Oct. 6

COVID-19 has exposed deep injustices in our society, particularly systemic racism, which intersects with all the social issues that have been exacerbated by this economic and public health crisis. This fall, the Jesuit works in San Francisco will partner to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 in our context and ask ourselves how we are called to walk with the marginalized toward a just future. Through an anti-racist lens, we will generate dialogues on incarceration, homelessess, and vulnerable workers with social justice leaders in San Francisco. Guided reflections will draw upon the Catholic social tradition to invite us to imagine a just society after COVID-19.

This four-part Zoom series, co-sponsored by the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center at St. Agnes, St. Ignatius College Preparatory, and St. Ignatius parish will include two opportunities for group reflection each week (see below). To build trust within our reflection groups, we hope to maintain the same participants within the group whenever possible. We recommend but do not require attendance at all 4 sessions.

JST's MTS student, Teresa Carino, will lead the session on incarceration.

To sign up and for more information: click here.

Speak Out Youth Summit
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT online

A day-long virtual summit for students and young adults (35 and younger) on racial justice, leadership development, and radical imagination.

Join us as we envision a just and equitable future:
  • Learn from today’s leading youth activists and changemakers
  • Hear from inspiring and iconic speakers and artists
  • Connect with peers around the country…and the world!
  • Get tools to build your capacity to lead and make a difference
We are redefining what society can look like, now and post-pandemic. It’s time to tap into our power, build together, and speak out!

$20 to register. 

Creating Dementia Friendly Churches
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PDT, online by the alzheimer's association
African American families are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Church plays a major role in daily life for many African Americans. Staying involved in all aspects of life helps people living with dementia and their families stay connected and improves the well-being of all family members. Join the Alzheimer’s Association for a virtual and telephone panel discussion about strategies churches can use to create welcoming and supportive dementia friendly environments.
Showing Up: The Radical Work of Commitment in Uncertain Times with Sr. Colleen Gibson, SSJ
2:00 PDT by zoom

Fairfield University presents its 20th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church. This zoom webinar is free and open to the public, but you must register.

V Encuentro Virtual Diocesan In-Service
10/9 4:00-7:00 p.m., 10/10 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT

USCCB's Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs will conduct a national V Encuentro event virtually on October 9 and 10. The pastoral landscape of the Church and society has experienced seismic shifts this year, amid the continuing unfolding of the triple crises of the pandemic, the call for racial justice, and the continuing impact of global climate change. The national team is providing this virtual event for the dioceses that participated in the V Encuentro process and you can participate in a virtual or hybrid format. To participate, register with Hector Medina, 510-496-7224,

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. 

Job Announcements and More

Call for Papers: New Horizons -- NEW!!
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,
Research Internship with National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education

The National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) seeks two interns to compile a database for faculty and staff at Jesuit colleges and universities. This research project will last throughout the Fall 2020 semester and can be completed remotely. Time commitment is 10 hours per week; a stipend will be provided. Apply by Friday, Oct. 2.

More details here.

Free Commonweal Subscription for Students

Commonweal magazine continues to offer free one-year Commonweal print subscriptions to all students as well as to anyone who has finished a degree program in the past three years. Check it out at*U.S. addresses only for all student requests for print subscriptions. For international addresses, or to request a digital-only subscription, request the Digital Edition here.

FASPE, Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics
FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. FASPE is neither a Holocaust studies course, nor a genocide prevention program. Rather, 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.
FASPE Seminary applicants must either be enrolled in graduate school preparing for work as a religious leader at the time of application or they must be working as clergy with a relevant graduate degree received between May 2019 and January 2021. Those applying as students may be studying at a seminary, divinity school, rabbinical school, Muslim chaplaincy program or other graduate program related to religious OR theological training.
For further information about FASPE or FASPE Seminary, please visit our website Additionally, we will be hosting a virtual information session on October 7, 2020 at 1pm EST.  Potential applicants can register here.
Call for Papers: Sonic Aspects of Religious Experience: Phenomenological Investigations

Society for Phenomenology of Religious Experience (SoPheRE) panel at the APA Pacific division annual meeting in Portland, Oregon, from March 31st to April 3rd, 2021, call for papers.

Panel organizer: Martin Nitsche (CAS Institute of Philosophy, Prague, CZ; Vice-President of SoPheRE)

Phenomenology (as the philosophical method originated by Husserl) is based on the natural primacy of visual experience, therefore, when applied to religious experience, it focuses on religious imagination. Visual context leads not only to describing religious images, but impacts also the ways how phenomenology understands the sense in religion, religious language, etc. We, therefore, aim to investigate sonic phenomena of religious experience not only to elucidate them and enrich our understanding of religions, but also in order to rethink a methodology of phenomenology of religious experience itself.

Please, send a short abstract of 20 min talks (200 words approx., incl. your name and affiliation) until October 6. Use this e-mail address:; add “Sonic Aspects of Religious Experience” to the subject-line. Notifications of acceptance will be sent until October 10.

All presenters must register for the Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association. It is possible that the meeting (and the panel) will be held remotely as an on-line conference (check for updates).

The link to the panel web-page:

Call for Papers, American Academy of Religion Western Region
The American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) is delighted to announce its collaboration with the Graduate Theological Union's (GTU) Sustainability Initiative in Berkeley, California, for its next Annual Conference, which will be a Virtual Conference held March 19-21, 2021.

The AAR/WR and GTU are excited to organize a robust event, which will include an array of keynote speeches, paper presentations, workshops, and roundtable discussions revolving around AAR/WR's 2021 Conference Theme: "Religious Studies after COVID-19: The Role of Religion in Times of Pandemic, Sustainability, Marginalized Communities, and Social & Economic Justice." The event will also include unique social and networking events for the AAR/WR community.

The deadline for submission of paper proposals and Program Participant Forms to individual unit chairs is October 15, 2020. For complete information and a full list of the AAR/WR's 2021 Call for Papers and unit chair contact information, please see this page:
Call for Papers: Lived Catholicism(s): New Questions and Untold Stories

Lived Catholicism is an emerging notion reflecting the move to the study of lived religion over the past 30 years. It encompasses a number of other terms, including everyday Catholicism, folk Catholicism and customary Catholicism; and pays heed to the ways that Catholicism is lived through empirical research, close listening, and as Robert Orsi writes, “attention to religious messiness”. This conference aims to:

  • Bring together scholars of lived Catholicism across a broad range of perspectives and disciplines
  • Help scholars of lived religion reach wider audiences
  • Promote the notion of ‘Lived Catholicism’ both within the academy and the wider church.

This conference will be hosted entirely through the internet, Nov. 23 -24. Free admission. Technical support will be provided and oversee the conference as a whole. Click here for the full conference website.

To submit a Proposal for a field survey, pop-up podium or digital expedition: click here. Proposals are due Oct. 16.

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


Blessing of Animals, Oct. 2. Screenshot by Joel Thompson, S.J.
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