“At core I am a contemplative. The work I do–in creativity, in thinking, in community–is rooted in listening.”
Scott Neely serves as minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg, SC. Neely is a founding board member and serves as strategist for Speaking Down Barriers, an organization that 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. In April 2015 he presented a TEDx talk on race and racism entitled “What Will I Teach My Son?”
Neely has been a lecturer in religion and the humanities at the University of South Carolina-Upstate and Wofford College.
A practicing artist, his work fuses writing, painting, and digital media. In addition to individual work, he has led literary and visual community art projects on issues of diversity, race, and religious pluralism.