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SCUCC hosting virtual course on O’Connor

By SCUCC - | Feb 4, 2021

PHOTO PROVIDED Rev. Dr. John H. Danner

The life and work of Flannery O’Connor will be the subject of a Zoom course held on Feb. 10 and Feb. 17 at 9:30 a.m. taught by Dr. Thomas Coley and the Rev. Dr. John Danner.

An award-winning novelist, essayist and creator of short stories, O’Connor was one of the most imaginative writers of the 20th Century. Her work was informed both by her Southern upbringing and her Roman Catholic background.

Cooley and Danner will explore two stories in particular, “Everything That Rises Must Converge” and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” While attendees do not need to read the stories in advance, reading them will enhance the experience. Copies of a volume of O’Connor’s short stories are available for sale at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ.

Cooley is emeritus professor of English at Ohio State University, specializing in American literature from 1820-1920. He is the author of “Educated Lives: The Rise of Modern Autobiography in America” and “The Ivory Leg in the Ebony Cabinet: Madness, Race, and Gender in Victorian America.” In addition to academic books and articles, Cooley has published college textbooks in the field of composition and rhetoric, including “The Norton Sampler” and “Back to the Lake.” The drummer in the Island Jazz, Blue Dirt Dixieland Jazz band and several other local groups, he also plays the washboard.

Danner has served as the SCUCC’s senior pastor since 2010. Prior to that, he served churches in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Maine. Danner is the author of published articles and a contributor to two volumes of liturgical materials, “Touch Holiness” and “From Psalms to the Cloud.” He has degrees from Bradford College, the University of Maine, Bangor Theological Seminary and Boston University. His areas of special interest are in the field of church history, especially 19th Century American church history.


The course is sponsored by the SCUCC as part of its Theological Studies Program.

The Zoom link can be found on the church Website at www.sanibelucc.org.

For more information, call the church office at 239-472-0497.

The Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ is at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.