Faith and Fiction


Participants read a short piece of fiction every week, usually a short story and usually by a secular author, then discuss it from a Christian perspective. Presently, this group convenes on Zoom. If you would like to participate, please send your email address to Merry Toups at or text (504) 352-9096. 

Spring 2021 Syllabus:

  • January 10, Marcia Cooke leads “Light” by Elizabeth Strout
  • January 17, Phyllis Raabe leads “Heart” by Elizabeth Strout
  • January 24, Carolyn Kolb leads “The Enduring Chill” by Flannery O’Connor
  • January 31, Paula Zeanah leads  “These Short, Dark Days” by Alice McDermott
  • February 7, Charley Zeanah leads “The Poet” by Elizabeth Strout
  • February 14, Break for Mardi Gras
  • February 21, Marcia Cooke leads “In the Blink of God’s Eye” by Edward P. Jones
  • February 28, Phyllis Raabe leads “Helped” by Elizabeth Strout
  • March 7, Cathy Hightower leads “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” by Yiyun Li
  • March 14, David O'Donaghue leads “Silent Snow, Secret Snow” by Conrad Aiken
  • March 21, Paula Zeanah leads “The Exiles” by Elizabeth Strout
  • April 11 "Cleaning" by Elizabeth Strout led by Charley Zeanah
  • April 18  "Emperor of the Air" by Ethan Canin led by Marcia Cooke
  • April 25 "Bushes" by Graham Swift led by Charley Zeanah
  • May 2  "Friend" by Elizabeth Strout led by Phyllis Raabe
    Class resumes after Labor Day on Sunday, September 12.  We hope the class will be in-person at that time.
    We are planning a monthly summer book club.  If you are interested, please contact Merry at

Event Coordinator

Merry Toups



Sunday, May 9, 2021


9:00am - 10:00am


1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, LA US 70130


Parish House

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