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Peter Huff, Ph.D.
Chief Mission Officer, Professor of Theology, Director of the Center for Mission and Identity
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Dr. Peter A. Huff brings to his work in University Mission a rich set of experiences in higher education.
He received the B.A. in History and Religion from Mercer University Atlanta, the M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Ph.D. in Historical Theology and American Studies from Saint Louis University. He also studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu.
Dr. Huff’s career has taken him to a number of church-related institutions across the U.S. He has held the Besl Family Chair in Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University and the T. L. James Chair in Religious Studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. A 2007 Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research (Saint John’s University), he has also taught at the University of Puget Sound, the University of Mary, and Saint Anselm College, where he was founding director of the Catholic Studies program.
Dr. Huff specializes in U.S. religious pluralism and writes broadly on dialogue among world religions and cultures. His books include Atheism and Agnosticism: Exploring the Issues; Allen Tate and the Catholic Revival; What Are They Saying About Fundamentalisms?; Vatican II: Its Impact on You; The Voice of Vatican II; and two co-edited volumes: Knowledge and Belief in America and Tradition and Pluralism. His articles and reviews have appeared in a variety of journals such as Buddhist-Christian Studies, Church History, Cross Currents, Dialogue, Horizons, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of Unitarian Universalist History, and Quaker History. He has also recorded two sets of lectures for Learn25: America’s Religious History and Introduction to World Religions.
Dr. Huff has traveled widely throughout North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. A former board member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, he is active in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.
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Welcome to Benedictine University’s Center for Mission and Identity!
The Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) is dedicated to the advancement of Benedictine’s distinctive mission and the achievement of its bold vision. Our mission and vision are deeply rooted in our long and storied history and profoundly shaped by positive engagement with contemporary culture and the latest, most innovative, developments in Catholic higher education.
As a department of the Academic Affairs Division, CMI provides mission-centered orientation and continuing education for the entire University community. We seek to foster awareness and appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic social teaching, and the legacy of Benedictine wisdom. Annual signature events organized by CMI include the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought lectures every fall and the Benedictine Heritage Lecture and the Faith and Reason Symposium in the spring semester.
The Neff family farmhouse, the site for CMI, was the original heart of the Lisle campus when Benedictine monks from Saint Procopius Abbey moved from Chicago to DuPage County over 100 years ago. Today, the iconic stone structure is an enduring symbol of our commitment to inspiring values stretching back nearly fifteen centuries to Saint Benedict, one of the most important figures in world spirituality.
Pope John Paul II spoke eloquently about the Catholic university as “born from the heart of the Church.” From that heart spring values of justice, respect for persons, and the quest for truth that resonate richly with the highest ideals of all religions and cultures.
At Benedictine, we welcome people of all cultures, all races and ethnicities, all genders, and all faiths and no faith. All are cherished partners in the evolving project called Benedictine University.
We invite you to join with CMI as we contribute to the inauguration of the next exciting chapter in Benedictine’s great mission-driven story.
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Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the Earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
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