The Benne Center for Religion and Society, founded in 1982, aims at bringing Christian perspectives to contemporary challenges of church and world. The Center sees that the most important human decisions, both public and private, are profoundly affected by religious commitments and therefore it seeks to encourage dialogue informed by that recognition. It encourages conversation between religion and society, church and world, sacred and secular.
Serious religious traditions in particular are comprehensive accounts of life and reality. While these accounts definitely apply to the private life, they do not stop there. Such religious accounts provide understandings and interpretations of the public world and affect individual and corporate action in that world. Religion as a person and institution forming enterprise, vitally concerns the Center.