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Liturgy News
  • We are looking for students/faculty and staff to lead/coordinate various prayer services/experiences that would be regularly scheduled throughout the semester. Times are yet to be decided, but we are thinking it would be good to have various times available that work for different time zones. Some possible examples: Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m., Friday afternoons at 1:00 p.m., Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday early evenings at 5:15 p.m. It is also possible that students from the various countries of Asia would find a time that works for them; and those from Africa and Europe would find another time. If interested, fill out the following survey or contact Paul Kircher,

JST Announcements
  • 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 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.
  • You must register for your classes by 5:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 4. The add/drop period ends on Friday, Sept. 18.
  • Degree-program students (except for online-MTS) must waive or enroll in the health insurance by September 11.  Those who do not waive will be enrolled by default and billed in eCampus. See requirements here.

Of Interest Elsewhere

Ignatian Carbon Challenge

SEPTEMBER 1-OCTOBER 4, SEASON OF CREATION:  In a time of quarantine, digital learning, racial injustice, intensifying storms, and mass migration, holding space to act on climate change can feel overwhelming. This Season of Creation, start simple with one new daily habit for a healthy planet.

Step one: Choose ONE daily action to repeat each day throughout the 34 days that will renew your relationship with creation or that will allow you to explore a radical new way of living with creation.

Habit Ideas: 

  • Make a plan and plant a St. Kateri Habitat at your house, Church or school to promote biodiversity and restoration of creation.
  • Avoid single-use plastics, food waste, or meat/dairy products.
  • Commit to a daily prayer practice dedicated to care for creation throughout the month.
  • Advocate on a different environmental issue each day of the month.
  • Read an article/book or listen to a podcast about climate change each day of the Season of Creation.
  • Choose your own habit to build.
Step two: Take the pledge to commit to ONE action repeated daily throughout the 34 days of the Season of Creation to build a new environmental habit you’ve been meaning to get around to but haven’t made time for.

Step three: Form and track your healthy habit for the planet! If desired, we will send a daily email or text message reminder to keep you motivated. 

For more information on the Ignatian Carbon Challenge, click here.

Voting is an Act of Love

This fall, 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. Join the movement. This movement is a partnership between the Ignatian Solidarity Movement and 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.

People's History of Vatican II

Last year, CTA (Call to Action) introduced the People’s History of Vatican II, a project documenting the generational memory of the Second Vatican Council’s reforms and promises. Through conversation and reflection, they are co-creating a recorded and embodied archive, to root the lived experience of Vatican II in Call To Action’s current and future work.

Before COVID, Christine Haider-Winnett and People’s History intern Kascha Sanor conducted listening sessions with 13 elders and collected 116 written reflections. Bearing homemade bread, Kascha sat down with movement elders to better understand the impact of the Second Vatican Council on their lives. How did Vatican II shape individuals, Call To Action, and our Church as a whole?

In a second phase of this project, CTA is publicly documenting memories of Vatican II through a series of posts on their website. Kascha, summer intern Emma Calkins, and other CTA members will interpret and present the reflections. Through text, audio, photography, and video, the People’s History series will recall and honor our roots. 

New People’s History posts will appear every week from summer to fall.


JST Events

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

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.


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.

Advancing Racial Justice: Doing the Work
noon - 1:00 p.m. via zoom

This event will feature a series of speakers who will share their personal and professional experience working to advance racial justice as well as current on the ground efforts locally, statewide, and nationally to end systemic racism and be a catalyst for change. Learn how you can get actively involved in the efforts. 

Hear from representatives of the National Bar Association, California Lawyers Association, Charles Houston Bar Association, and the Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center. Hosted by the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center of SCU.


SCU Convocation
4:00 p.m.

Convocation is the first community event ushering in the new academic year. Faculty and staff are invited to attend this annual program when new members are welcomed to the University community and plans for the upcoming year are highlighted.

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. PDTfor meditation led by GTU Ph.D. student, Stefan Waligur. It follows a format of chanting, silence and conversation. All are welcome! 

Join Zoom Meeting

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.

Opening reception of exhibition: Drawing the Soul Toward Truth
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. via zoom

Join the opening reception on zoom with a talk by curator Rachelle Syed and appearances by the artists whose work is on display. To join, you must RSVP at

CLGS Lavender Lunch: Ministry at El/La Para TransLatinas with Nicole Santamaría
12:00-1:10 pm PDT, online

International activist, art therapist, and educator Nicole Santamaría will speak about their current ministry as Executive Director of El/La Para TransLatinas, a Bay Area organization that has served the Translatina community for over 25 years.  Nicole Santamaría’s direct work with the LGBTQI community started as a professor of Design & Art Therapy, where she created and conducted art therapy workshops and investigation projects in her country of origin, El Salvador, for survivors of anti-LGBTQI violence, HIV positive women, and women in rural areas who were survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Presented ONLINE at

Surrogate, Partner or Tool: How Autonomous Should Technology Be? with Dr. Noreen Herzfeld
5:00 p.m., PDT, online event

We have traditionally thought of technology as tools we build and use. However, the advent of Alexa, autonomous vehicles, autonomous weapons, and other forms of AI makes modern technology more partner or surrogate than tool.  How autonomous do we want our technologies to be?  How will these technologies change or role in the world and our relationships to God and to one another?

Noreen Herzfeld is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict.  

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 on or after September 1. 

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.

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.



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 Duane Soubirous, organ.
4:00 p.m. PDT, online

Soubirous will play works by Boehm, Vaughan Williams, Franck, Vierne, and Bach. Hosted by The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco.

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh, My!
7:30 p.m. PDT, Live from St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco

"Carnival of the Animals" and "Paddington's First Concert" by Camille Saint-Saens; Kevin Navarro, piano.

Laudato Si Retreat: An Introductory Immersion
6:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PDT

As Pope Francis said in the Laudato Si’ encyclical, “the ecological crisis is a summons to profound interior conversion... an ‘ecological conversion’" (LS 217).

The goal of the Laudato Si’ Retreat is to help participants embark in this journey of “ecological conversion”, to transform the way we relate to our Creator, all of Creation and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.

This is a 4 hour retreat where we will experience 3 moments inspired by the encyclical. We will attentively “hear creation’s song”, contemplating the glorious mystery of the world around us. Next, we will concernedly “hear Creation’s cry”, becoming painfully aware of the ecological crisis.We will then "answer Creation's call" and prepare for transformative action to care for our common home by starting a community discernment process in the light of Laudato Si.

The retreat will include reflections on the encyclical, guided meditation, interactive exercises, time for personal reflection and journaling, and small group reflection.

Sunday Musical Meditations featuring Angela Kraft Cross, organ.
4:00 p.m. PDT, online

Cross will play the Vierne Symphony No. 2; Tournemire: Improvisations on “Ave Maris Stella” and “Victimae paschali.” 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.

Concert at Mission Delores Basilica
4:00 p.m., livestream

Emil Miland, cello; Jerome Lenk, organ & piano; Shawnette Sulker, soprano presenting music of Mendelssohn, Fauré, and a premiere by Bay Area composer Candace Forest, via Livestream on Facebook.  

This We Ask: Prayers in Opera
7:30 p.m. PDT, Live from St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco

C. A. Jordan,  Michelle Cippelone, Cheryl Cain, Sopranos with Kevin Navarro, Piano.

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.

After a presentation, you will have an opportunity to practice listening and speaking skills. You will practice in a pair with someone of your same political persuasion—red or blue. “Reds” lean conservative and tend to vote Republican. “Blues” lean liberal and tend to vote Democratic. If you fall somewhere in the middle, you can choose a side for purposes of practicing the skills.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.

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

Various artists and instruments

Job Announcements and More

Free Commonweal Subscription for Students -- NEW!!

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 -- NEW!!
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.

FASPE Seminary begins by analyzing the decisions, actions and impact of German and international clergy in enabling Nazi policies. The program underscores the reality that moral codes governing clergy in all religions can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. FASPE then draws on this historical example to help Seminary Fellows both to grasp their role and responsibility as individuals with influence in their broad communities and to confront the ethical issues that currently face religious leaders of all faiths. By studying professional ethics at the sites of Nazi actions, our Fellows experience the importance of professional ethics in an immersive, powerful and personal way.
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.

FASPE seeks Fellows who are about to embark on their career as professionals, are interested in engaging in discussions with their co-Fellows and faculty, and who have the intellectual and emotional maturity to unpack difficult and controversial issues responsibly and respectfully in small group settings. FASPE selects its Fellows on the basis of their academic background, personal and professional experiences, capacity for leadership and ability to contribute to the program and the alumni community. All applications are welcome and reviewed.
While we know that the world is uncertain right now, especially in regard to international travel, we also know that ethical leadership is critically important – maybe more so now than ever.  While health and safety concerns may cause changes to our planned programming, we are committed to offering an enriching Fellowship program in 2021. We would greatly appreciate you providing details of the FASPE Fellowships to your students, recent graduates, faculty, staff and the broader community. This link offers relevant information about FASPE Seminary.
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, 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. 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 -- NEW!!
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 -- NEW!!

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 -- NEW!!

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

2nd year MDiv Jesuits at Los Altos retreat center

Jesuit scholastics at the end of Arrupe Month at El Retiro Retreat Center in Los Altos, CA. Front row, left to right: Matthew Yim, Joel Thompson, Daniel Nevares, Joseph Kraemer. Back row, left to right: Thomas Croteau, Eddie Ngo, Aaron Bohr, and Ricardo Perkins. Photo by Marty Connell, S.J., Rector of the Jesuit community.
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Phone: 510-549-5029