Minister’s Blog

A Force of Nature

Scott J. Neely

February 15, 2018

On Sunday, February 25 at 11:00 am, we welcome a very special guest speaker to lead our Sunday service. Dr. Caroline Caldwell-Richmond is a force of nature. Caroline is a catalyst, a person who energizes and inspires change in the most challenging situations.

Founder and Executive Director of New Mind Health & Care, she combats recidivism by offering a holistic approach to reentry after a person has experienced incarceration. Her TEDx presentation on this work may be found here: An expert facilitator, she serves as President of Speaking Down Barriers and on the board of Upstate Pride, where she leads a peer-to-peer mentoring and mental health initiative.

Caroline leads; she organizes; and she transforms. Come on February 25 for the culmination of our celebration of Black History Month—a month full of powerful moments at UUCS; a month with a finale you will not want to miss.



Scott J. Neely

February 8, 2018

“together, there is a power—” (Marlanda Dekine)

This February in celebration of Black History Month, we are listening to the lives and teachings of three great leaders—Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Muhammad Ali. We are learning from them strategies in the fight for justice, and asking what it is we are fighting for.

They each have much to teach us, not least about the power of team. Malcolm X declared, “I for one will join in with any one, I don’t care what color you are, as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth.” When we work together, across all of our disagreements and differences, we enhance our effectiveness.

This Sunday we will consider the tactic of non-violent resistance, practiced by Dr. King and thousands who stood with him. In its very nature, non-violence is an act of individuals who have resolved to walk together as a team no matter what comes.

On Saturday evening, February 17 from 7:00-9: 00 pm, community leader, and spoken word poet Marlanda Dekine will headline our monthly coffeehouse. Her singular voice will compel us to face ourselves and our country, as do the voices of Malcolm X, Dr. King, and Muhammad Ali. In her poem “we are never lone heroes”, she evokes the legacy of Dr. King to illustrate how vital teamwork is for us to build a liveable future. Hear the power of her call to work together:

and join us on February 17 to listen together more.


May we strive together as a team,

ever listening, ever building–