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Saturday morning, October 17, Jean-François Racine will lead a hike through Roberts Regional. Please register at Hike in Roberts Regional Park.

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Liturgy News
  • We are creating a Moodle tile called Holy Ground for virtual prayer opportunities. It will be in the course, JST Community Life, Prayer and Liturgy, which will open up next week. The first virtual prayer experience will be 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 about a favorite saint, to Mary Beth Lamb, by Friday, October 23. This site will only be available to members of the JST community: faculty, staff, and students.
  • 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
  • George Murphy, S.J. invites you to join a group of students participating in the Journey with Ignatius Virtual Pilgrimage sponsored by Boston College. Students would meet weekly for prayer with George while making the pilgrimage. The program runs from October 11 -January 1. If interested, contact George Murphy at
  • Oct. 15, 10:15 a.m., SCU and JST will participate in the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Even if not on campus, you can test your readiness. See Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety.
  • Pope Francis is giving a TED talk this Saturday with Countdown, as scientists, activists and world leaders explain the climate crisis and what we can all do about it. Join at His panel is from 12:50 - 2:00 p.m. PDT. The full day of activities is from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT. Register at
  • 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, including a new opening for Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Communication, for which the application deadline is Tuesday, October 13.  See here for all the job postings; scroll down to Student Employment.   

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
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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.

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

Inclusion matters - The academic outcomes of equity approaches, with Dr. Bryan Dewsbury
noon - 1:00 p.m. PDT, via zoom

Santa Clara University is pleased to host Dr. Bryan Dewsbury from the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday, October 13th as he engages the SCU Community on Inclusive teaching strategies.

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)

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:

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

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.

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!

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!


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. 

For more information and to register see

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,

Countdown: Global Launch Program
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT, via YouTube

Pope Francis is giving a TED talk this Saturday with Countdown, as scientists, activists and world leaders explain the climate crisis and what we can all do about it. Join at His panel is from 12:50 - 2:00 p.m. PDT. The full day of activities is from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT. 

I’m Thinking about Working in Spiritual Care: Key Issues to Consider
4:00 - 5:30 PDT

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.


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

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.

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

2021 J. F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction -- NEW!!

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: 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,
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


Harvest Altar from October, 2019. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.
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