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Standing on the shoulders of giants

Ministers Emeriti

Rev. Tom Owen-Towle

With over four decades in Unitarian Universalist ministry and leadership in the men’s movement, Tom Owen-Towle brings a seasoned perspective to the topics of progressive religion, partnership, gender justice, parenting, and citizenship in the global family. Tom Owen-Towle served as a parish minister since 1967 and is the author of two dozen books on various topics of personal growth, social compassion, and spiritual depth. He has been partnered in marriage for 40+ years to Carolyn Sheets Owen-Towle, and they are devoted parents of four and active grandparents of six. He is also a guitarist, a Little League coach, a budding magician and merry-maker, especially with seniors. Owen-Towle is a national leader who continues to conduct workshops and retreats on the core themes of his books. Tom served as co-minister of First UU Church of San Diego with his wife Carolyn from 1978 to 2002.

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sheet Owen-Towle

Carolyn Owen-Towle served as a UU Minster for many years. She is also a published author and popular speaker. As the daughter of renowned watercolorist Millard Sheets, Carolyn has always been immersed in the world of art and continues to be actively involved with many arts organizations. Carolyn served as co-minister of First UU Church of San Diego with her husband Tom from 1978 to 2002.