In this moving work, artist Scott Neely continues his series in response to 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and ponders symbols of the Spirit: dove, waters of baptism, and sheer energy.

 

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

(1 Corinthians 12:7)

 

 

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Scott Neely, The Spirit, detail, 2017
Gouache on paper, 60″ x 11″

 

 

Scott Neely, The Spirit, detail, 2017
Gouache on paper, 60″ x 11″

 

 

Scott Neely, The Spirit, detail, 2017
Gouache on paper, 60″ x 11″

 

 

 

Scott Neely, The Spirit, 2017
Gouache on paper, 60″ x 11″

 

 

 

From the Artist:

This peace, this breadth, this power

in us all,

for us all.

 

 

View the first of Neely’s “Three Meditations on the Spirit.”

 

 

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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