The collection also includes newspaper clippings of articles and letters to the editor by and about Charles Howe and his wife Ann; published essays; materials he produced for a class on Unitarian Universalism; materials from his time as minister of the Universalist Church of Syracuse; materials from a 1996 research trip to Transylvania which include a diary and photographs; correspondence on the preparation of a history of community ministry; and sermons and student papers. Howe contributed many biographies to the online Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography, and copies of those are included here.
Howe belonged to the Fraters of the Wayside Inn, an assembly of Unitarian Universalist ministers who held an annual weekend retreat. Howe began to write a history of this organization, but did not finish it. Howe’s draft of that history plus some of the records of the Fraters are included in this collection.
In his later years Howe participated in organized ministry to death row inmates, and correspondence and informational materials related to that are also included.
Biographical / Historical
In 1947 he married Ann Elizabeth Clark, a science educator and author. In 1964 the couple and their three children moved from Canton, New York to Chicago. Howe graduated from the Meadville/Lombard Theological Seminary with a B. Div in 1966 and was later awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 1996.
Howe served congregations in Austin, Texas, 1966-1970; Syracuse, New York (First Universalist), 1970-1983; Charlottesville, Virginia (interim), 1983-1984; New York City (Fourth Universalist, interim), 1984-1985; Gainesville, Florida (interim), 1985-1986; and Wilmington and Kinston, North Carolina, 1986-1989. He also worked with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) in a variety of capacities, includes membership on the UUA Commission of Appraisal, 1989-95 (chair, 1992-1994), and has taught courses in UU history and polity under the auspices of Meadville/Lombard Theological School, Wesley Theological Seminary, Duke Divinity School, and UU leadership schools.
Howe retired from the ministry in 1989, and moved in 1995 to Raleigh, North Carolina. He advocated for the end of the death penalty and participated in ministry to prisoners on death row.
Howe was the author of The Larger Faith (1993), For Faith and Freedom (1997), and numerous journal articles, as well as co-author and editor of Clarence R. Skinner: Prophet of a New Universalism (1999) and editor of The Essential Clarence Skinner (2004). In addition, he has edited two volumes of UUMA Selected Essays (1987, 1988) and three volumes of the John Murray Distinguished Lectures (1991, 1995, and 2004).
- Howe, Charles A., 1922-. Papers, 1964-2007: A Finding Aid.
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