Belated Introduction

Hello, and welcome to The Humanist Seminarian blog.  My name is Everett Howe, and as I am writing this I am just starting my second year as a part-time low-residency student at Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley.  I am also just starting a two-year part-time ministerial internship at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, California, under the supervision of Rev. Tera Little.

All this is in addition to my role as a husband and a father of two children, one just starting college and one a junior in high school.  And in addition to my career as a research mathematician.

A research mathematician?

Yes. I’m still trying to work out what a calling to ministry might mean to me — but I know for sure what a calling to mathematics means.  I’ve known since I was about 8 that I wanted to do math, and I’ve devoted a lot of energy and the majority of my life to answering that call. I’ve taught at universities, I’ve worked at a think tank for 20 years, and I’ve published a few dozen research articles in math journals.

So what’s all this about ministry?  Well, I guess if you stick around here, you’ll find out… as will I.

I should mention that there is already a well-known Unitarian Universalist blogger with a Ph.D. in math — his is in algebraic geometry, mine in arithmetic geometry.  So I have a lot to live up to.

2 thoughts on “Belated Introduction”

  1. I’m intrigued by your being a part-time low residency student at Starr-King. What does that mean? Are you able to fit in classes around your other commitments? What degree, goal, or career are you working towards?


    1. Some classes can be taken online — some are online only, and some have a classroom component that distance students can participate in via video-teleconference software. Also, their are intensive classes offered in January and August; these are classes that meet every day, 9–5, for three to five days. Before coming to Berkeley for an intensive, you read all the course material; then you meet with your teacher and classmates for the week at school; then, after you get home, you write up whatever final paper is required. These types of classes are why I can continue to live in San Diego with my wife and kids.

      During the semester I have been working 60% time at my math job — that’s how I fit in classes around other commitments.

      I’m aiming to get an M.Div. degree, and then (eventually) to be ordained and fellowshipped as a UU minister. What kind of ministry I will do after that is not clear to me yet… could be parish, could be chaplaincy…

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