Inspired by 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, this abstract piece by artist Scott Neely explores the visceral presence and energy of the Spirit:
 

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

(1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

 

 

 

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Scott Neely, The Spirit, 2017
Acrylic monotype on paper, 12″ x 19″

 

 

 

Scott Neely, The Spirit, detail, 2017
Acrylic monotype on paper, 12″ x 19″

 

 

 

Scott Neely, The Spirit, detail, 2017
Acrylic monotype on paper, 12″ x 19″

 

 

 

Scott Neely, The Spirit, detail, 2017
Acrylic monotype on paper, 12″ x 19″

 

 

 

From the Artist:

What is that deep energy that flows through us all, that deep power in each of us, that deep hum within everything? And how is it, in all of our differences of self and culture and giftedness, when excellence emerges from one of us, when one of us really shows up as our full self in the world, even if only for a moment, we know it?

We know it. We know.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

This work was curated by Marlanda Dekine.

Image and materials are copyrighted by the artist and used here by permission.

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