The Humanist Seminarian started out as a blog about life from the perspective of a Unitarian Universalist minister-to-be. My name is Everett Howe, and I’m a mathematician, a humanist, and a Unitarian Universalist minister. I started this blog while I was a student at Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, California. From 2015 until 2017 I was a ministerial intern at Throop Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, a congregation that was founded by Amos G. Throop, who also founded my alma mater, the California Institute of Technology. From 2020 until 2022 I was the minister of Summit UU Fellowship in east San Diego County. Currently I am considering what my next ministry will be.

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4 thoughts on “About”

  1. (On your article about the history of the renowned “I believe in the sun…” quote)
    Fabulous, thoroughly-researched, and well-written article on the provenance of this quotation. I stumbled across your piece as I tried various google searches to find the original quote which I had seen in a preface to one of Victor Frankl’s books. Thanks for taking the time to enlighten us!


  2. I would like permission to use the quotation for “I believe” as found in section V. It will appear in my book, Longing for Intimacy: Glimmers of Hope. Thw context is as follows: Out of the depths do I cry to You,
    Holy, Wholly One (WHO).
    I am heart sick, with no sense of your presence.
    If my faith depended on such feelings
    I would never address you again.
    I believe in the sun, even in the darkness.
    I believe in God, even if God is silent.
    I believe in compassion, even when it must remain hidden.

    Please let me know if that is accetable to you. Thank you.


    1. Hi Catherine — that would be fine with me. If you mention the provenance of those three lines in an explanatory note somewhere (which I think would be a good idea, but it’s up to you), it would be nice to mention this blog as well as the news report from the Swiss newspaper that reported on the lines as coming from the underground refuge in Cologne.


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