In his third installment, Scott Neely finishes his series in response to 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, exploring the unity and uniqueness of the Spirit’s presence.
1 Corinthians 12:8–11
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 but all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
The gift within
each of us,
the quiet flame we carry
in the shape of our soul,
each so different
for one another,
each the image
of the Same.
“The shape of the soul is a circle.” Joseph Campbell, interpreting Plato
Scott Neely directs the Project for Community Transformation, an initiative to strengthen congregations to transform our communities. He works intensively with the social justice organization Speaking Down Barriers, which uses facilitated dialogue to build our life together across the differences that divide us. He is a graduate of Wofford College and Harvard Divinity School. Neely served at First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, SC from 2006-2015, first as Director of Missions and then as Pastoral Executive. In April 2015 he presented a TEDx talk on race and racism entitled “What Will I Teach My Son?”
A practicing artist, his work fuses writing, painting, and digital media. He writes: “My method balances expression and simplicity. I make visual poems: succinct, present, for the heart.” His work may be found at www.neelyprojects.com.