Minister’s Blog


To Be A Neighbor

Scott J. Neely

February 26, 2021

This Sunday, a major leader in our community and state will be our guest speaker. The Honorable Brenda Lee Pryce, who served in the S.C. House of Representatives for District 31 from 1995 to 2005 and co-author of South of Main on the history of Spartanburg’s Southside before and during urban renewal, will lead our Sunday service. Please watch here.

Exactly one year ago, as Black History Month concluded, we moved into a reflection together on what it means to be a neighbor in the South Converse neighborhood (“To Be A Neighbor” and “South Converse“). Those reflections were interrupted by the on-set of the pandemic. (Although the videos of these services are incomplete, it is very moving to see the choir singing, and all of us gathered in person, right before the pandemic hit in the March 1 & March 8, 2020, Sunday service videos.)

In the year that has passed, we have striven to strengthen our connection with the Southside, building relationships, making and distributing hundreds of masks just for this neighborhood, helping with get-out-the-vote efforts, joining in community projects, litter pick-ups, and meetings, and much more. We are trying to listen, to learn again what it means to be a neighbor in this place, conscious of history, dedicated to making life more livable for every person here.

A year since the start of the pandemic, former Rep. Pryce will speak with us about this neighborhood and about our shared future. She has been a vital leader for us all, whether we know it or not. On Sunday, she will lead us again.

Please welcome her with your presence, even in our virtual format.

Thank you–

Scott


Gratitude

Scott J. Neely

February 18, 2021

When we are frustrated, when we cannot make things work as we think they should, when unfairness overwhelms, when the world does not care:

a word of gratitude, even for the smallest thing,

can relax our shoulders, can open our minds, can help us shift to possibilities and a way forward.

Shift–

Scott