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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, ministry, and inclusion 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, Georgia State University, 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 US. 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 (St. 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 US religious pluralism and writes broadly on dialogue among world religions. His books include 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 (https://learn25.com/product-category/professors/prof-peter-a-huff-ph-d/): 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 interreligious dialogue.
To invite Dr. Huff to speak to your religious or civic group, contact him at email@example.com.
Welcome to Benedictine University’s Center for Mission and Identity (CMI)!
All of us at CMI are 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.
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, 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. Hate has no place here. Hospitality motivates everything we do. All are cherished partners in the evolving project called Benedictine University.
We invite you to join us at CMI as we inaugurate the next exciting chapter in Benedictine’s great mission-driven story.
The Neff Center is the oldest building on campus and is located directly to the right of the main campus entrance on College Road.
5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532
Office: (630) 829-6664
Office Fax: (630) 829-6369