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.