Theology Ablaze, the latest book from the Rev. Tom Owen-Towle, is a summation of his reflections on Unitarian Universalist theology. Owen-Towle has been a parish minister for 44 years, including 24 years as cominister of First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, Calif.
In Theology Ablaze, Owen-Towle explores 29 core theological themes, from gratitude to interdependence, to silence and evolution. Each chapter ends with a series of questions for reflection and discussion. The book was written as part of the commemoration this year of the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
“The premise of the book is simple,” Owen-Towle wrote recently on his blog, “Unitarian Universalist theology has caught fire in the past 50 years. In the decades since merger, Unitarian Universalism has been maturing spiritually. We’ve been growing in theological literacy, dialogue, and depth. We acknowledge that everyone in our fold is a bona fide theologian.”
He envisions Theology Ablaze being employed at weekend retreats, for religious education training workshops or series, small group ministry, leadership development seminars and governing board goal-setting sessions. He also recommends it for a newcomers’ mini-series and a UU orientation. Social Action committees may find it useful as theological grounding for witness and action in the world. Theology Ablaze is available for $20 from the UUA Bookstore.