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Letter from Assistant Dean of Students, Paul Kircher

Dear JST Community,

I hope you are all finding some time for rest during this Reading Week.

During the month of November, we will honor our beloved dead and ancestors in faith. Please see Liturgy News about the altarcito, as well as an altar of remembrance for those who have been lost to gun violence, and especially Black persons and other persons of color who have died at the hands of the police.

We enter into Black Catholic History Month. May this be a time when we give thanks for the gifts of Black Catholics in the Church, while also contemplating and repenting for the racism in our Church and here at JST.  Please see the Liturgy News announcement about participating in the Novena for Racial Justice in preparation for our liturgy commemorating Black Catholic History on Friday, November 13.  May we proclaim in our prayer and our celebration that Black Lives Matter!

Finally, all are invited to a prayer service following the U.S. election, on Friday, November 6, at noon PST.   Please see Liturgy News for more information.

Peace and blessings,

Paul Kircher

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Liturgy News
  • You are invited to participate in our first virtual prayer experience as we create 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, throughout the month of November.  You may also send in names for the Book of Remembrance which will be posted with the altarcito. This will appear in the moodle site, "JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy" that 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 victims of gun violence, and especially Black persons and other persons of color who have died at the hands of the police.  You may send images and tributes for this virtual altar to Mary Beth at
  • Post-election Prayer Service:  All are invited to a midday prayer service on Friday, November 6, from 12 noon -12:30 p.m. PST.  This will be a simple service of scripture and intercession. We will lift up our prayers for the U.S. and the world in the aftermath of the U.S. election.  For other post-election gatherings, please see the SCU Get Connected pages - scroll down to Election Events and Support.
  • Our liturgy in celebration of Black Catholic History Month will take place on Friday, November 13, at 7:30 a.m. PST.  In preparation, you are invited to pray the Novena for Racial Justice from November 4-12, which takes about 10 minutes each day and is accessible here in both English and Spanish.  To join with others from JST in praying the Novena, please e-mail by November 4.

JST Announcements
  • All are invited to Venerating the Saints: An Ancient Tradition Actual Today, this Sunday, November 1, at 1 p.m. PST.  On this Feast of All Saints, John W. O'Malley, SJ, University Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, will review the history of the veneration of the saints, consider the challenges it has faced, and reflect on its appeal in our day, concluding with a consideration of Jesuit saints.  The Jesuit School of Theology is a co-sponsor of this free event that is co-presented by the Lumen Christi Institute, the Bollandist Society, and America Media.  Click here to register.  
  • 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, to address questions about JST's plans to continue online in spring 2021. 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.
  • 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

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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.

Music at Noon: Bansuri Virtuoso Prasad Bhandarkar
noon - 1:00 p.m. PST

Performance-in-place weaves the intricate techniques and transcending improvisation of Indian Classical Music.

Social Justice Thursday: Post Elections Issue Panel
noon-1:00 p.m. PST

Watch a panel of law professors discuss post-election issues. Moderated by Professor Brad Joondeph. Sponsored by the Dean’s Office, Center for Social Justice & Public Service, and the Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Committee at Santa Clara Law.

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 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

ReCenter, ReGround, ReFresh: A Post-Election Spiral Process with Work that Reconnects Facilitators

You’re invited to sign up for a small group process, guided by experienced facilitators, to move through a despair and empowerment spiral to process the intensity of the current moment–the societal impacts of this US presidential election in the midst of climate chaos–and recenter, reground, and refresh in order to take empowered action. Each event will be 2 hours long, limited to 25 people (one Zoom screen) to create an interactive space for processing and working through the spiral. Sign up only if you can commit to coming. This will be available from Nov. 4 - 25. For more information and to sign up, click 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.

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
All Saints Day Mass and Get out the Vote Phone-a-Thon
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. PST

Calling all saints for a virtual mass celebrated by Provincial Scott Santarosa SJ followed by a Get Out The Vote Phonebank. Sponsored by the Jesuits West Collaborative Organizing for Racial Equity.

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. 

Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Angela Davis
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. PST online

On the day after the election, Angela Davis joins the Davies Forum of the University of San Francisco to discuss political activism, social justice, and prison reform in the United States. Pre-registration required.

"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.

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.

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. 

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

Call for Papers: Pandemic and Religion -- NEW!!

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:

Outreach and Communications Program Associate -- NEW!!

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

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

 JST Staff gather to welcome William Troche

JST Staff Welcome Gathering, October 28, for William Troche, Manager of Housing and Building Operations, newest member of the JST staff. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.

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Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
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Phone: 510-549-5029