Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith, and Social Justice

In Fall 2015, the interdisciplinary conference, Patents on Life, will be held at Cambridge University in England. Sponsored by the Von Hügel Institute at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas, this two-day international conference will examine the ethics of patent ownership of living matter, the effects of private ownership and restriction of access of genetic knowledge, and the intrinsic morality of various forms of research proposed as subject matter for patentability.

Starting on Friday, September 4th and lasting until Saturday September 5th, the Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith, and Social Justice conference will bring together leaders from a wide range of disciplinary expertise and perspectives to address the legal, ethical, and political questions surrounding the patenting of life forms and the role that law can play in the construction of just patent laws throughout the world.

Register now for your opportunity to explore the wisdom of patents on living matter! To learn more about registration fees, accommodations, and other information regarding the international Patents on Life conference, click here.

New Resources to End the Use of the Death Penalty

The Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty (CMN) has recently created a number of new educational tools.  Available on the CMN website, the tools may be helpful for faculty or student groups looking to educate the campus community on restorative justice.

Some of these helpful resources include:

CMN has many other resources available to help educate others on Catholic teachings on the death penalty, as well as resources for advocacy work and prayer.

Laudato Si Release: Pray

Earlier today, Pope Francis released his long-awaited encyclical letter, Laudato Si.  We at ACCU are sharing resources and best practices to help our campuses pray for commitment to care for creation, learn about the encyclical and our call to stewardship, and act upon our beliefs to work for the common good.


We share these prayers, from Catholic Relief Services and Xavier University, so that we may reflect and pray together for a renewed commitment to care for God’s creation.

CRS Prayer


 Prayer for Environmental Sustainability

Let us pray for an end to the
Waste and desecration of God’s creation
For access to the fruits of creation
To be shared equally among all people
And for communities and nations to find sustenance
In the fruits of the earth and the water God has given us.

Almighty God, you created the world and gave it
Into our care so that, in obedience to you,
We might serve all people:
Inspire us to use the riches of creation with wisdom,
and to ensure that their blessings are shared by all;
That, trusting in your bounty, all people may be
Empowered to seek freedom from poverty, famine, and oppression.


Looking for additional prayer resources?  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Climate Covenant have shared resources on ecology for prayer and the liturgy.

Faith, Climate, and Health at Cabrini

Are you interested in how faith and climate intersect? Consider attending Cabrini College’s conference: Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The conference is free of charge and it invites concerned citizens to gather to examine the perils of climate change and how it effects the health of our most vulnerable. The conference will also discuss how we as a society and as a people of faith can address these issues.

Click here for more information.

Save the date: Cabrini College hosting conference on climate change


Grace Hall, Cabrini College

610 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, PA 19087

Friday, April 17, 2015, 9a.m.-2p.m.

At this free conference, concerned citizens will gather to examine the perils of climate change and how we as a society can address them.

  • SEE – the spiritual call to care for God’s creation.
  • JUDGE – the scientific evidence about the threats posed by climate change.
  • ACT – with practical initiatives on how to undertake take political, institutional, and personal advocacy to arrest climate change and bring about a greener world.

U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey has been invited to be the keynote speaker on

“The Impact of Climate Change on Children’s Health”

Additional Speakers Include:

  • John Francis Burke, Ph.D., Cabrini College, “The Greening of Catholic Social Teaching”
  • Rabbi Arthur Waskow, The Shalom Center ”From Eden to Shabbat to Jubilee: The Earth-Oriented Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures “

Breakout Sessions

  • Carrie Nielsen, Ph.D., Cabrini College, A Scientific Engagement of Environmental Health Issues
  • Chuck Marshall, Central Baptist Church, Striving for a Carbon-Neutral Faith-Based Community – The Case of Central Baptist, Wayne PA
  • The Shalom Center, Environmental Political Advocacy – “Move Our Money, Protect Our Planet”
  • Mitch Hescox, Evangelical Environmental Network, The Joseph Pledge – Preparing Churches for Extreme Weather & Climate Change

Lunch will be provided.


Cabrini College

Shalom Center

PA Interfaith Power and Light

Evangelical Environmental Network

PHILADELPHIA Interfaith Power and Light

The PA Religious Coalition on Creation Care

The National Religious Coalition on Creation Care