Minister’s Blog

A Book to Read & Share

Scott J. Neely

October 18, 2018

This August, the LGBTQ Needs Assessment for Spartanburg County was published. Commissioned by the LGBT Fund at the Spartanburg County Foundation, this report was developed over many months of surveys and research led by a team at USC-Upstate.

But this is a book you wrote.

Some of our congregation actually helped pen the words in the book; many in our congregation advised in the research; every person who filled out a survey shared their thoughts and their experiences to create the content and meaning of the book. Just by being a part of this congregation, even if you never filled out a survey or knew of this project when it was happening, you have helped create a network of people throughout the Spartanburg community who made this happen.

You wrote this; you should read it. The full report may be found here:

And please, share it. It is outstanding work.

With admiration and pride,



Scott J. Neely

October 11, 2018

As wind and water rage around us, and we begin to assess the impact of Hurricane Michael on Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, please:

– hold in mind all those affected, including the many friends and family members of our congregation in the storm’s path;
– check on friends, family, and neighbors, especially those who are most vulnerable in this kind of weather;
– if you would like to send aid to those most heavily affected, you may do so through UUA DIsaster Relief here:

Thank you for the innumerable ways you care for one another through all of life’s storms.

With gratitude,