Charles A. Howe, a native of Utica, New York, retired from the Unitarian Universalist parish ministry in 1989. He served congregations in Austin, Texas, 1966-70; Syracuse, New York (First Universalist), 1970-83; Charlottesville, Virginia (interim), 1983-84; New York City (Fourth Universalist, interim), 1984-85; Gainesville, Florida (interim), 1985-86; and Wilmington and Kinston, North Carolina, 1986-89. He has served the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) in a variety of capacities, including membership on the UUA Commission of Appraisal, 1989-95 (chair, 1992-94), 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. He is the author of The Larger Faith, 1993; For Faith and Freedom, 1997, and numerous journal articles, and is 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.
In 1947 Howe married Ann Elizabeth Clark, a science educator and author; they have three children: Judith, 1951; Marjorie, 1952; and David, 1956. A chemistry professor at Clarkson University before entering the ministry, Howe holds three chemistry degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (AB, 1943; MA, 1949; PhD, 1951) in addition to two divinity degrees from Meadville/Lombard Theological School (BD, 1966; DD, 1995). He has been active in anti-death penalty, family service, health planning, abortion rights, and civil liberties organizations. Presently residing with his wife in Raleigh, North Carolina, Howe is an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh and an associate member of the Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist."