In the beginning was the Word . . .
This opening clause, from perhaps one of the most famous sentences in all of Western civilization, contains one of the foundational premises of Unity co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore’s theology. The Fillmore’s were following a long line of those whose lives were based on the power of the “Word.” As early as the 7th century B.C., the teachings that comprise the book of Deuteronomy reports that just before his death, Moses tells the people of Israel to keep the “Word” of God that has been written in their very hearts.
It’s tempting to boil the idea behind the “Word” to merely “thinking” or “thought,” but to Moses’ audience, the Hebrews in the ancient Near East, thinking was not the solving of abstract problems; it did not entail premises and conclusions, but rather it pointed to a grasp of Totality. So, what is the “Word”? Does it have any bearing on our day-to-day lives? I look forward to joining together with you this Sunday in prayer, song, and exploration of that which “was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,” that which as the quote below declares has the power to change the direction of human history. With much love, Linda
From Written in Our Hearts; the Practice of Spiritual Transformation, by Theodore Nottingham:
A rediscovery of the Divine in the midst of life will enlighten enough minds to alter the dangerous course of human ignorance, greed, and violence.