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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 200 words) about your beloved dead or a favorite saint to Mary Beth Lamb, by Friday, October 30. The moodle site, "JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy" is only available to members of the JST community: faculty, staff, and students.
  • Throughout the month of November, we will also create a separate virtual altar of remembrance for all Black persons and other persons of color who have been victims of police violence.  You may send images and tributes for this virtual altar to Mary Beth at

JST Announcements
  • 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
  • JST will host two virtual Town Halls for students on Monday, November 2.  The 7:30 a.m. PST session is specifically for international students who are currently living outside of the U.S.  The 1 p.m. PST session is for all JST students in all programs. 
  • Eddie Fernández, SJ has recently been named the GTU's 2020 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer.  On 11 November 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.
  • 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 activities are the altarcito for our beloved dead and the altar of remembrance for those lost to police violence. 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.
  • Liberating Religious Liberty:  Faith Organizing Within Catholic Communities - see this link for more information on this session on Tuesday, October 27, with Fr. Bryan Massingale and Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, hosted by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies of the Pacific School of Religion.
  • 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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Mass of the Holy Spirit and Welcome Back BBQ
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel

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.

SCU Listens and Learns: Race, Reflection, Renewal with Dolores Huerta and Luis Valdez
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. PDT

With voting in the November 3rd elections already underway, it is more important than ever to hear the wisdom of those whose devotion to systemic change and social justice has transformed this country.  We asked two legends: civil rights activist/labor leader Dolores Huerta, and playwright/director Luis Valdez to discuss how they have used their voices and talents over the years to fight for their beliefs.  Their strength, persistence, and brilliance have empowered and mobilized generations of people to create change. Save the Date! More information to come!

SCU Chamber Singers: Live From Everywhere
5:00 p.m. PDT, via YouTube

Using the collaborative audio networking software Jamulus, the Chamber Singers will perform Byrd’s classic motet, Ave Verum Corpus and an adapted version of Ysaÿe Barnwell’s Would you Harbor Me? 

Link to performance:

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? 

The Inequality of the 19th Amendment
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT online

Santa Clara Law’s Women and Law Association, Black Law Students Association, and ACLU NorCal Chapters are hosting a panel focusing on the Inequality of the 19th Amendment. 

To Hear & Be Heard: Artists Panel Discussion
5:00 p.m. PDT online

To Hear and Be Heard considers civility, our life in community, what divides and unites us. The exhibit is online from October 16 - January 22.

Vote with Love Listening Party
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. PDT
The Office for Multicultural Learning understands that tensions are running high with general elections just around the corner. To help ease some of the tensions, learn how we can all do our part to #VoteWithLove. This event will be led by two Student Assistants in the Office for Multicultural Learning and is open to the entire SCU community: students, staff, faculty, administration, and alumni.
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)

GTU News and Events

GTU Library News

Starting October 27, the GTU library will be opening 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. 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:

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. Registration required.

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.


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:

If you just want a taste of the teach-in, you can view the Keynote session with Olga Segura (Oct. 24, 12:30-1:10 p.m. PDT), the Prayer for the Jesuit Martyrs, (Oct. 24, 4:30-4:50 p.m. PDT), and the Closing Liturgy (Oct. 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m. PDT) here.

Follow Me Home: Free streaming Oct. 22-Nov. 4

Free Film streaming: Follow Me Home, The Ancestors are Talking...Are We Ready to Listen? A powerful celebration of art, history, music and community, Follow Me Home challenges long-held beliefs about race and identity in America, adding an important voice to today’s racial reckoning. Stream the film at your convenience. Three sessions of transformative conversation are included: Oct. 28-30, 5:30- 7:00 p.m. PDT. Registration and more information can be found here

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.

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

“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.

What Matters? On Value and Meaning
7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT, online

The Theology Graduate Students’ Association (TGSA) of the Toronto School of Theology invites you to its annual graduate student conference which will feature presentations from graduate students from across North America and a keynote address from Dr. Connor Wood of the Center for Mind and Culture. The conference is free and open to all. Attendees may RSVP by responding to this Facebook event or by emailing

The Supreme Court and LGBTQ Issues: What Catholics Need to Know in 2020 with Leslie Griffin, University of Nevada
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PST, zoom webinar

Presentation and discussion with New Ways Ministry and Prof. Griffin regarding 3 recent and upcoming Supreme Court cases and their ramifications for LGBTQ church workers employed in Catholic institutions. Registration required. Suggested donation: $15. 

"Why Ordaining Women is About More than Making Women Priests" with Jamie Manson
4:30 PST 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.

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. 

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

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

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


Foreground: Eddie Ngo, SJ, and Joel Thompson, SJ celebrate the Easter Vigil during a Celebrational Rites and Practice class with Paul Janowiak, S.J. in Gesu Chapel, October 21. Photo by Joe Kraemer, 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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