Holiness and Community

John Coburn Preaches the Faith

John B. Coburn

Oct/2010, 192 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819224132



This varied and vast collection captures more than 160 sermons developed and delivered by John Coburn — prominent church leader, educator, and rector at St. James Church in New York City. Powerful, yet readily accessible, the sermons reflect Coburn’s refined understanding of personal spirituality, Christian responsibility, congregational life, and the Christian journey. The collection also includes significant meditations for Lent and Easter, plus Coburn’s personal and professional observations on life, church, culture, politics, and the nation at large.

• Quality sermons from a well recognized preacher, church leader, seminary dean, Bishop of Massachusetts and president of the Episcopal House of Deputies

• As timely and applicable now as they were when delivered forty years ago

• Excellent resource for daily meditations, plus sermon-starting ideas for clergy

John B. Coburn was rector of St. James Church in New York City from 1969 to 1975 – particularly tumultuous times for the city and the Church. From 1967 to 1976, he also served as president of the Episcopal House of Deputies, during which the church adopted a new Book of Common Prayer, plus began ordaining women, unofficially in 1974, and formally two years later. The Rev. Coburn was dean of the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1957 to 1968, and was a founder of the Boston Theological Institute, a consortium of Protestant and Roman Catholic seminaries. He also helped found the Chapel of St. James the Fisherman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He died in 2009 at age 94.


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