Former SLU professor Tom Coburn to be pulpit guest at UU Church in Canton Feb. 17
Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 4:40 pm

CANTON -- Thomas B. Coburn, a former member of the faculty at St. Lawrence University, will be the pulpit guest at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 3 1/2 E. Main St., Sunday, Feb. 17.

In his sermon, titled “Cultivating the In-between Space: Reflections on Prophecy and Mysticism,” Coburn will explore the private and public dimensions of religious life.

Coburn suggests that “living in the in-between space” between public and private, past and future, offers a “fresh, promising way of thinking about our religious life.”

Coburn was trained as a comparative historian of religion, specializing in India. He taught in the religious studies department at St. Lawrence from 1974 to 2003, and served as vice president of the university and dean of academic affairs from 1996 to 2002.

From 2003 until 2009 he was president of Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where he is president emeritus. He is currently a visiting scholar in religious studies at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Sunday services and religious education for children will begin at 10:30 a.m.

More information and directions can be found on the church’s website at