About ACCU Peace and Justice

The ASSOCIATION OF CATHOLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, founded in 1899, serves as the collective voice of U.S. Catholic higher education. Through programs and services, the Association strengthens and promotes the Catholic identity and mission of its member institutions so that all associated with Catholic higher education can contribute to the greater good of the world and the Church.

ACCU has a long history of assisting Catholic colleges and universities as they courageously speak the “uncomfortable truths” about the need for justice in our cities, nation, and world. We offer information exploring the themes of Catholic Social Teaching (CST), which is built on a commitment to the poor and is inseparable from the Catholic understanding of human life and dignity.

Guided by its Peace and Justice Advisory Committee and Initiative Consultants, ACCU offers a wide range of resources for students, faculty, and administrators at Catholic colleges and universities who want to promote social justice using the CST themes as their guide. Find many of them here in the ACCUPJ blog and in the online Resource Library, which includes papal encyclicals, USCCB documents, and other CST-related publications. Within the Resource Library, select the category “Peace and Justice Faculty” to find resources specifically for faculty working in Catholic Social Teaching. Faculty may also benefit from reviewing examples of CST integration in sample course syllabi.

A Catholic university… is called on to become an ever more effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources, and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community … If need be, a Catholic university must have the courage to speak uncomfortable truths which do not please public opinion, but which are necessary to safeguard the authentic good of society.

~Pope John Paul II: Ex corde Ecclesiae

 

Questions about the ACCU Peace & Justice blog?  Interested in writing a guest post or sharing a resource with our community?  Please contact Lexie Bradley (abradley@accunet.org).

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