B.A., University of Indianapolis
S.T.B., Boston University School of Theology
Ph.D., Boston University
Religion: M. B. Rich professor
Pre-Ministry: M. B. Rich professor of religion
Since 1970, Richard Hughes has taught courses in theology, ethics, comparative religions, and existential studies. He has published books and essays in the fields of theology, biblical studies, depth psychology, ethics, and law. An ordained United Methodist minister, Hughes has served churches in Massachusetts, Georgia, New Mexico, and Indiana; and he has worked in prison ministry and hospital chaplaincy. From 1976 until 1992 he was the Methodist theological consultant for the Pennsylvania Conference on Interchurch Cooperation and formulated ecumenical social policies in religious liberty, in vitro fertilization, and living will legislation. During the 1960s, he participated in the Civil Rights Movement, particularly in the Boston school desegregation struggle and the Selma Campaign; and currently he is a member of CHILD, Inc., i.e. Children's Healthcare is a Legal Duty, an organization devoted to the equal rights of children under the law. His Death and Dying course, begun in 1973, facilitated the formation of the local chapter of Hospice, as well as the Clinton-Lycoming county suicide prevention program.
Admittedly having the "soul of a drifter," he has taught, studied, written, and traveled widely. One of his favorite research endeavors has been that of the "Analysis of Destiny" (Schicksalsanalyse), a largely untranslated, magisterial depth psychology, developed by the Hungarian-born, Swiss psychiatrist Leopold Szondi. Hughes' books and papers dealing with the Cain complex, familial unconscious, and bridge symbol reflect his attempt to deal constructively with Szondi's work and to bring it into the humanities. Since 1999, Hughes has studied biblical lament as a resource for depth psychology, theology, and ethics. For these research projects Richard Hughes received academic awards from the Louisville Institute and the Szondi Foundation of Switzerland.
His personal website can be found at http://www.lycoming.edu/~hughes/.