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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. 
  • We are looking for students/faculty and staff to lead, coordinate, or serve in online liturgies/ gatherings for prayer that would be regularly scheduled throughout the semester.  There are many opportunities for participation at different levels.  Please share your gifts and ideas with the community. If interested, fill out the following survey or contact Paul Kircher,

JST Announcements
  • The Office of Student Life is beginning to plan for various kinds of community life activities for the fall. Please fill out the following survey to indicate your interests.
  • Students, faculty and staff: the fall 2020 directory is in the works! If you need to make a change/correction to your information from the past, please contact Mary Beth Lamb, If you have never been in the directory before, please submit this survey. You can also upload a new photo if you don't want to use the one from your student ID, but it needs to be a headshot against a solid background.
  • Students interested in academic writing coaching and tutoring should contact the Writing Program Coordinator Laura Dunn by email at, or by phone (510) 519-8313 to set up an appointment. First priority is given to students writing their theses and dissertations. Writing labs (open to everyone) start on Wednesday, September 23, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. PDT. The first will be an introduction to Academic Theology and Religion in the North American Academy. A recording of the lab will be posted on the writing program moodle page the following Friday. 
  • The 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge is a 21-day journey conducted online by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, with different opportunities to learn, pray, and act for racial equity.  It is designed to fit into one's daily life.  If you would like to make this journey in the company of others at JST, please contact Paul Kircher,, and we will put those with the same interest in touch with each other to form a JST group.
  • The add/drop period for registration ends on Friday, Sept. 18.

Of Interest Elsewhere

The Pandemic/America's Mirror

Daryl Grigsby, Renewal Student, has published an opinion column in the Nevada County newspaper, The Union, September 11, 2020: The Pandemic/America's Mirror.

Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement
In the midst of a political environment that is highly polarized, faithful Catholics may find themselves in disagreement, and may even be inclined to disengage from politics altogether. However, Pope Francis reminds us that "Good Catholics meddle in politics... Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good."  Disagreements can serve as an invitation to humility and to deeper prayer, reflection, analysis and dialogue. To assist in this process, the Jesuit Conference Office of Justice and Ecology has created an Ignatian Guide to Civic Engagement
Voting is an Act of Love

This fall, the Ignatian Solidarity Network invites us  ". . . to exercise the right and responsibility to vote for candidates and issues that support the common good and concern for the most vulnerable people in our society." Please see more information at Voting Is an Act of Love, an ISN initiative to provide voter registration resources, in partnership with When We All Vote, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap.

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day

Mission Church at Night

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.

Voter Registration

SCU is engaging its student body to:

  • Register to vote
  • Gain resources about the variety of ways to vote
  • Learn about the election process
  • Participate in election-related events
  • Vote on Election Day on November 3

Click here to learn more about voter registration.

The resources on this website are for students who want to register and vote in the State of California or any other state.

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.

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

Be the Change: Student Stories of Action and Resilience
The GTU wants to spotlight and share the stories of how our students are having transformative impact in these unprecedented times, seeking stories about work that students have done or are intending to do, that address the impact of this year’s most urgent and pressing issues, taking on such themes as inequality, community-building and social cohesion, and spiritual care.
All submitted stories will be featured on the GTU’s social media channels, and a select number will be chosen by a review committee for more in-depth coverage as part of the GTU’s Spiritual Care and Ethical Leadership for our Times (SCEL) series through the production of a video and podcast. Those selected for inclusion in SCEL will receive an honorarium.
This opportunity is open to any student within the GTU consortium, at any stage of their program. Applications must be received by September 23, 2020.
Exhibition: Doug Adams Gallery

In partnership with the Center for Islamic Studies and the Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies, curated by Rachelle Syed, GTU Ph.D. student. On view online from Thursday, Sept. 10 to Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020.

Drawing the Soul toward Truth explores Islamic and Hindu geometric design in their particularities and as a tool of interfaith dialog. The art in this show can facilitate new thoughts, ideas, and relationships, creating opportunities for inquiry and learning for the benefit of students, spiritual communities, and others. This online exhibition features geometric design as an expression of faith and its use in the theology, art, and history of Islam and Hinduism. This includes geometry as a tool of representation of divinity, divine communion, or unlocking the language of creation.

Radical Inclusion in the Age of COVID-19: A Webinar with Bishop Yvette Flunder
noon - 3:00 p.m., online

Co-sponsored by CLGS African American Roundtable, Bishop Flunder will conduct a virtual conversation with religious leaders on how to think about the future of congregational ministry in this age of COVID-19. Registration is required.

GTU Welcome Reception
4:00 p.m., online

The GTU Dean’s Office cordially invites all members of the GTU Consortial Community,
new and returning MA / PhD students, faculty and staff to a virtual Welcome Reception. 

Please join us in celebration of the new academic year! Bring your own beverage of choice for a toast!

Dean Elizabeth Peña will present a brief program introducing new faculty and visiting scholars and an opportunity to socialize together!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 976 0750 3730;  Passcode: 455222

Jews and Race Series: Yavilah McCoy
4:00 p.m. via zoom

Yavilah McCoy is the CEO of DIMENSIONS Inc. in Boston.  She has spent the past 20 years working extensively in multi-faith communities and partnering specifically with the Jewish community to engage issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.  Yavilah is an educator, activist and spiritual teacher.  She is a Jewish woman and a person of color and has designed numerous tools and methods that enable students and educators to be better citizens of the world through exploring differences and reaching for tangible solutions in allied engagement. 

Register to receive the zoom link.

Art Break with Dr. Yohana Junker
4:00 p.m. PDT, online

Join us on Zoom for a much-needed art break with Dr. Yohana Junker (PSR)!

CLGS Lavender Lunch: Sacred Activism with Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow
noon - 1:10 p.m. PDT, online

Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, the Coordinator of the CLGS African American Roundtable will explore “sacred activism” as a vocation to work for justice.  Rooted in our current realities and also building upon past movements of resistance and activism, sacred activism can lead us to a future grounded in hope.


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. According to Christian theology, God intentionally created human beings to be God's image bearers. If that is so, we can see our evolutionary history as a preparation for that calling. Then the challenging times in our species' past might be understood along the lines of James 1:3-4, according to which we are tested to produce perseverance, so that we might become mature and complete. Yes, there was much death and suffering in our evolutionary past, and we may never fully understand why God chose to create through such a process. But we can at least gesture toward a response to this aspect of the problem of evil by acknowledging that the suffering our species endured and responded to has developed in us many of the capacities that allow us to carry out our calling as image bearers today.

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. 


Community Events and Resources

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.

Sunday Musical Meditations featuring Ben Bachmann, organ
4:00 p.m. PDT, online

Bachmann will play the Vierne Symphony No. 3. This performance is part of the St. Mary’s Cathedral Vierne/Tournemire Festival. Hosted by the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, CA.

How to Talk Across the Political Divide: Braver Angels Skills Workshop
5:00-7:00 p.m., online

There’s a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn’t help. Please join us for a Braver Angels Skills Workshop to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.

Who can come? Anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side of the political aisle.

Complete the online skills training (40 minutes) prior to the online workshop.

Ignite: A Celebration of Justice
online, 5:00 p.m. PDT

Join ISN online as we honor Fr. John Baumann, S.J., founder of PICO/Faith in Action, and Sr. Simone Campbell, S.S.S., executive director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice.

Voice of the Violin
7:30 p.m. PDT, Live from St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco

Patrick Galvin, violin

Sunday Musical Meditations featuring Sun-hee Lee, Geomun'go (traditional Korean string instrument), with Jin Kyung Lim, organ.
4:00 p.m. PDT, online

Lee and Lim will play works by Loeb, Lee, and will also improvise together. Hosted by the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, CA.

Solidarity on Tap with Bill Quigley
6:00 p.m. PDT

Meet Bill Quigley, Esq., professor of law and director of the Loyola Law Clinic and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center in New Orleans. Enjoy fellowship and hear powerful reflections from members of the network engaged in work for justice—from a screen near you!

Sing a Joyful Song: A Celebration of Talents
7:30 p.m. PDT, Live from St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco

Various artists and instruments

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

A day-long virtual summit for students and young adults (under 35 years of age) 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. 

Job Announcements and More

Call for Papers: Sonic Aspects of Religious Experience: Phenomenological Investigations -- NEW!!

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:

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.
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. The call for papers for the revived, special issue for Fall 2020 will be themed around faith and racial justice. Please look out for more information to come. 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, 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 new staff, faculty and students at Liturgy of the Holy Spirit, September 11, 2020. Screenshot by Mary Beth Lamb.
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.

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