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Bridge Courses

Bridge courses are one-credit courses on various topics that bridge academic theology and ministerial experience. Bridge Courses connect theology with other academic disciplines or address current concerns and vocational ministries. JST students, alumni, and community members can enroll in Bridge Courses to complement their academic programs or bolster their ministry skills. Each Bridge Course will include 15 class hours, variously scheduled. A course might be an intensive, condensed experience for a few days or lectures with discussion extending through 3-5 weekly meetings. Students seeking credit will be required to complete academic assignments. Most courses may be audited with the instructor's permission.

JST degree students taking courses for credit can find the Bridge Courses listed in the  for 2017-18. Registration for Bridges Courses is the same as the regular semester registration process. Tuition for Bridge Courses will be billed according to JST's published tuition and fees. Students whose registration exceeds full time status in one semester may contact the Business Office for scholarship assistance. JST non-degree students (those admitted as students but not yet enrolled in a degree program) may also take Bridge Courses for credit or to audit.

JST alumni, community members and friends interested in continuing education may attend Bridge Courses on a space available basis by registering . The cost per credit will be $500. Continuing education participants will not be enrolled as JST students.  They will not receive a transcript; and cannot transfer courses for graduate credit into any JST degree program.

FALL 2019

Patrick Coogan - 1 credit - TUE 6:30pm-9:30pm This course provides a brief introduction to business and administration issues that ministers may encounter when working at any level of an organization. The assignments and lectures will help students they transition from the academic world to the workforce and understand how to connect their everyday work with their organizations’ stated missions. The course will explore the fundamentals of strategic planning, leadership and management, organizational structure, resource management, budgeting and financial reporting. Course meetings will include guest lecturers, case study discussions and role playing to familiarize students with questions and challenges they will encounter in everyday office settings. After completing this course, students should feel more comfortable accepting a professional ministry role to make impactful contributions toward the success of a mission-driven organization. It is suitable for any degree program as an elective offering.


Annie Fox - 1 credit - Jan. 10-14 
一道本不卡免费高清The work for justice is in our ministry is often seen as something that happens outside the parish through public protest, social missions and service projects. However, the reality is that the greatest justice work often happens when individual churches participate in the larger work of prophetic advocacy that help foster social movements. From churches in the South working for civil rights to the leadership of Oscar Romero in El Salvador, church leaders have an important role to play in helping their parishioners understand that social challenges around them, build unity around the call to action, and help their flock build the courage and skills to call out injustice prophetically and strategically. Students will get trained in the basic skills of congregation-based community organizing from an Ignatian perspective, including: intentional relationship building, power/social analysis, prophetic advocacy, leadership development and utilizing Ignatian discernment in the work of justice. We will examine the role of clergy and lay leadership in building power for justice in our religious structures. January 10th-13th will be held at El Retiro Retreat Center in Los Altos and will be attended by JST students as well as participants from many other Jesuit ministries. Class on the 14th will be held on the Berkeley campus and will include a theological deep dive for JST students only.

Erik Ehn - 1 credit - Jan. 7 - 12 
一道本不卡免费高清The first two days of the class will take place in Berkeley, the first day at JST and the second day at Incarnation monastery just up the road from JST, followed by four days/three nights at Camaldoli. A four-day preached retreat, along with a preparatory session, and an online follow-up session within a week of completing the residential portion. In addition to joining the monks on their round of prayers, students take part in a morning conference. They meet with the JST facilitator for evening check-in. Afternoons are self-directed, with options to share in the material work of the place. We take up the experience of a silent retreat for the graces inherent to this prayerful encounter – and also, through reading and conversation, learning the forms and functions of this method of engagement, and reflecting on the uses of contemplation in action, beyond the bounds of a retreat. We orient ourselves in a classical understanding of the desert, prayer, and silence in the Catholic tradition, and review our experience in light of interreligious dialogue and activism.


Fred Piazza - 1 credit - Sat. Feb. 22 & Sat. March 7, 8:30 am-5:30pm 
一道本不卡免费高清This course will explore the experience of trauma, including its physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and spiritual consequences.  Counseling approaches will be presented for assisting persons impacted by traumatic experiences – wartime violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, childhood or elder abuse, community or political violence, etc. Case studies and role-playing will augment theory and counseling principles.

Sonny Manuel, SJ - 1 credit - Wednesdays, Feb. 5 - March 11, 2:10pm - 5:00pm 
This course highlights the dynamics of male sexuality from a personally formative and pastoral perspective. It explores the myths and stereotypes of male sexuality and probes the deeper motivation and underlying feelings animating male sexuality. The relationship of how family life, gender roles, cultural and church norms, and spirituality impact male sexual self-understanding will frame the discussion of relevant topics – fantasies, fetishes, body image, self-esteem, polyamory, chastity, celibacy, marriage, etc.  Learning activities will include case studies, discussion, personal reflection, and group sharing. The course is open to women and men who seek to better understand male sexuality and how it relates to their personal and pastoral lives.

Carrie Rehak - 1 credit - Wednesdays, 6:30pm-9:30pm, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 8, April 15, May 6

While many people are familiar with restorative justice as an alternative or complement to the criminal justice system, conflict and harm can happen anywhere community is present. Moreover, restorative practices not only focus on conflicts and harms but also on community-building, and can be used in any number of venues, including parishes, schools, and beyond. Based in indigenous practices, restorative processes are also compatible with such Gospel values as reconciliation, compassionate action, and healing justice. But, how do we engage restorative practices while still holding ourselves and one another accountable? How do we not only heal harms, or make them as right as possible, but also work at building safer, healthier, and more life-sustaining communities? In this course, we will engage general principles of restorative justice; key practices, such as “circle” processes; and ways of putting them to use, in parishes, schools, and beyond. One session will be entirely dedicated to a creative, hands-on process, with guest presenter, artist and arts educator, Karen Sjoholm. The course will culminate in either a paper or project in which the student will develop a plan for bringing restorative principles and practices to bear on a specific real or imagined setting. 

Learning Outcomes:

In this course, we will learn restorative concepts, tools, and techniques by practicing them. 

By completing this course, we will:

  • More fully understand the key concepts and practices of restorative practices, as well as the potential array of their applications in a wide variety of settings.
  • Be able to conceptualize avenues for introducing restorative principles and practices into existing (e.g., retributive) paradigms and programs.
  • Have the tools to prepare and support participants involved in restorative practices. 


This course is suitable for degree or non-degree programs, for credit or audit, for continuing education participants, as well as for JST alumni, community members, and friends.


Bede Healey - 1 credit - Thursday 2:10pm-5:00pm, March 19, March 26, April 2, April 23, and April 30

Ministerial Resilience: Attending to our needs so as to best minister to others. The demands of ministry and other service professions require that we carefully attend to our own personal needs, our own developing life plan or purpose, and our ongoing spiritual development. This bridge course, consisting of 5 3-hour weekly sessions, will explore some of the essential aspects of what is commonly called self-care. Self-care is a bit of a misnomer, in that attending to our needs always involves others. It is not something that we can accomplish on our own. Therefore, we will 1) explore how to involve important others in our lives as we journey to wholeness and to God, 2) review some key elements of adult development, looking especially at the issues of transitioning and change, 3) consider our own process of spiritual growth, 4) examine how a personally developed and flexible plan or rule of life can foster our own wholeness and approach to ministry, 5) investigate the unique aspects of ourselves and identify the specific areas that we need to give attention to, and 6) seek the input of at least two others already involved in ministry regarding the pitfalls they have experienced themselves or have seen in others. This course will involve weekly readings, short weekly reflection papers, class discussion and a brief presentation based on the interviews of the two people involved in ministry. Those preparing for or engaged in ministry will find this course helpful, as will those involved in careers and vocations that are broadly service oriented. March 19, 26th, and then April 2, 23rd, and 30th (2pm-5pm).