Thursday, Feb. 6th, 6:00 Determined to Soar Art Exhibit. A talk by painter Nancy Corbin will open this exhibit of paintings celebrating the resilient and collaborative nature of women. Converse College, Milliken Art Gallery. Reception follows, and exhibit will be on display from February 6-27, 2020. The exhibition is located in the Milliken Art Gallery and is free of charge. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 am-5:00pm, and Sundays 1:00-5:00.

The Drag Queen Story Hour Sun., Feb. 9th, 2:00-4:00, Fellowship Hall. We will have one or two police officers on site, plus a couple UU members to help direct traffic. Please wear your UU T-shirt (if you have one) and park by Hatcher House. Register to attend at

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 7:00 pmVoices in American Art: Lecture presented by the Johnson Collection, at Wofford College: Dr. Evie Terrono, Professor of Art History, challenges her students to see the vital intersection between ideas of American exceptionalism, and understandings of race, gender and politics in material culture and fine art. The presentation will be in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts on the Wofford Campus.

Friday, February 14, 2020, 12-2:00 pmLeague of Women Voters Birthday – 100 Years! Celebrate and Act! Join League members for coffee or tea and toast the LWV – and ourselves! Then we will act – writing postcards to our legislators telling them our state needs Fair Maps. Spill The Beans, 174 E. Main Street, Spartanburg (In the Aug Smith Building).

Saturday, Feb. 15th, 12:00. SCNA will meet in our fellowship hall to celebrate the unveiling of the two newest Lightbulb Art, in the South Converse Neighborhood. All are welcome!

Sunday, Feb. 16th. 12:15 Dialogue on social justice issues after our service led by Rev. Scott Neely

Mon., Feb. 17th. 2:00 at the main library, Barrett Room, or 6:00 pm at the CC Woodson Ctr. “The Other Boys of Summer”,a film that explores the history of Negro League Baseball. Spartanburg was host to the Spartanburg Sluggers from 1928 to 1952, a team in the Negro Textile League, and a number of well-known black players appeared at the Duncan Park Field. More at

ALSO Monday, February 17, 2020, 7:00 pmThe Life of Viola Desmond, Canadian civil rights activist Viola Desmond . Join us as John Abercrombie presents a lecture on the life of Viola Desmond, who is the face on the Canadian $10 bill. Hoechst-Celanese Room (downstairs) of the Spartanburg County Public Library.

Thurs. Feb. 20, 7:00. League of Women Voters’ celebration of 100th Birthday, Main Library.

Wed. Feb. 26th, 2:00 and Mar. 11th, 7:00 at Humanist Meeting. Film “Suppressed: The Right to Vote.” More about this important film at

Mon., Mar. 2, 6:00 for potluck, 6:30 for meeting. Speaking Down Barriers, at Arthur Center, 400 E. Kennedy. Visitors always welcome! More info at

Books, books: New at the library: “Amazons, abolitionists, and activists : a graphic history of women’s fight for their rights” by Kendall, Mikki. And info on more books at

On Sunday, February 9, from 2:00-4:00 pm in our Fellowship Hall, UUCS will host a Drag Queen Story Hour. Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is an event for drag entertainers to share books and stories with children in libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood. Kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

The February DQSH will celebrate Black History Month with readings by three favorite Drag entertainers, who will showcase stories of African/African American heritage, beauty, and excellence.

The event is free, but you do need a ticket. There are two sessions – 2:00-2:45 and 3:00-3:45. Sign up here:

Come for the fun and the power of this event–

Anne & Scott

This Saturday evening, January 11, celebrate the New Year with our annual Bright New Beginnings church pot luck. We will honor a few Unsung Heroes in our church community and revel in our life together. Families are invited and child care will be provided. Doors open at 5:00pm and dinner starts at 5:30pm. This is a beautiful event, full of warmth and light on a winter night–come.

— Scott

For the month of October, the Social Justice Council solicits your proposals for both local and global focus issues!

For almost ten years, we have used the “Gardiner/Rollins Model for Social Justice” (with modifications) for UUCS. This UU model was developed because of the serious problems in our city, our nation, and our world can seem overwhelming. We may ask how we can have any impact in the face of the enormity of need and suffering. And how can we summon the energy and the ideas to help make our world better? This model gives us a structure to focus our energy, our enthusiasm, and our work so that we do make a difference.

We commit to one or two issues by vote at the annual congregational meeting and then focus on those issues for one or two (or four) years. Then, we bring that focus to a close and begin the process again by choosing new issues to study through the winter and to vote on at the spring meeting.

The Earth Day Festival has been our 4-year focus, exciting, challenging, and a major investment of church time and energy. We won’t be hosting a community festival next year, but we will stay engaged with the earth day issues in a smaller way (with USC-Upstate) while we re-focus on different issues.

We, the Social Justice Council, solicit your proposals for possible local focus issues and global issues for the next one to two years (beginning June 2020). We can work together to make a change in our community with local issues, e.g., volunteer at a youth group, speak up at city council meetings, participate in a Habitat for Humanity build, hold a food drive, join League of Women Voters’ voter registration activities, host an MLK day activity, offer tutoring at a group home for ex-cons., etc. With global issues, it can be harder, but not impossible, to have an impact. But you can network and plan local activities that do have a wider impact. Where would you like to put your time, your talent, your work, to use? What issues matter most to you?

Cambodian children receive free books from Roadscholar guide

Immigration justice? Child detention?

Homelessness? Hunger?

Deaths by gun violence, including suicide. Safety for children, for women, for everyone.

Citizenship and voting rights

Our criminal justice system? Have you heard of the campaign to “End Money Bail? On any given night, more than 450,000 people in the United States who have not been convicted of any crime are locked up in jail simply because they don’t have enough money to pay bail. From who is arrested, to who is incarcerated and for how long, to how ex-cons are treated, our system of justice is a series of injustices. For a little info, go to

For many more ideas on the UUA and UU Service Committee issues and campaigns, go to Tell me what matters most to you and why– email me at All this month, we are soliciting ideas from the congregation.

At our next SJ meeting, we’ll discuss all the ideas. Our meeting Wednesday, Nov 6, 7:00, in the fellowship hall at UUCS, is open to all, but if you want to share an idea, please email and ask for a spot on the agenda! We’ll have a couple additional meetings to choose which ideas to present to the congregation. From January through April, our minister and our SJ Council will present Sunday services, educational sessions and articles as well as mini-activities to prepare for the congregational vote at our annual meeting in May. Then in June, we begin the work of implementing our plans. This is an exciting and energizing way to make our community and our world a better place!

Work Is Love Made Visible ~Khalil Gibran

Alice Sutton, chair, SJ Council

On Sunday, June 23 immediately after our Sunday service, we will celebrate our annual picnic. Come for fellowship in the cool indoors and for games within and without. Bring a dish to share in our potluck, and marvel at the bounty we create together. It is good to stop and be together–come share and enjoy the richness of our community.

With gratitude,


On a day as beautiful as this one, a teacher of mine once remarked, “Days like this are why we live where we do.”

Come outside and enjoy the beauty. It is good to be here now.


LGBTQ Theologies: What LGBTQ Spiritual Leaders Say About Their Faith

This Saturday, May 11, come to an event centered on LGBTQ theologians and spiritual leaders. These thinkers will share their own theological understanding of themselves and our world—beyond the arguments straight clergy have about LGBTQ people’s lives, even when expressing support.

Please spread the word, and join us. Come for as much of the day as you are available. Registration is free; lunch will be served; all are welcome. This will be a powerful event.

Title: LGBTQ Theologies: What LGBTQ Spiritual Leaders Say About Their Faith
Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Spartanburg Methodist College Chapel

Questions? Ask Anne Garner ( and Scott Neely (

This Saturday, March 23: Show our UUCS love for our South Converse Neighborhood by joining the neighborhood cleanup this Saturday morning. Meet at 8:00 am at the small park at the bottom of the hill on S. Converse Street. Bring gloves; trash bags are provided. This lasts ’til 10:00 am, but come even if you need to slip out early! Let’s build our relationships with our neighbors, and build our neighborhood.

With gratitude for a beautiful Spring,