February 15, 2018
When talking about the 1st Unity Principle (God is all good and is present everywhere), many of us ask, “But what about Hitler?”
I have many thoughts about that question, one being that “Hitler” did not happen in a vacuum. I think about how much easier it is to look at “evil” through the actions of someone else, making it possible for me not to look more closely at my own actions.
Furthermore, how much do we look at the hundreds and thousands of people who do amazingly good and amazingly brave actions in the midst of terror and darkness?
Richard Rohr says that we have spent centuries of philosophy “trying to solve the problem of evil,” yet he believes the much more confounding and astounding issue is “the problem of good.”
Sunday I am going to explore these questions and more. I am especially inspired by one of our Unity children, Harper, who was standing next to me in our closing circle a couple of weeks ago, and during the Peace Song, she sang, “Yes, there is good on earth, and yes it begins with me.”
Quote to think on: “Evil can prosper only when hearts are willing to remain hard and unresponsive. Every act of kindness, courageously offered, however small, is a small flower sown in a field of peace. In the face of evil, our life becomes our prayer.”
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.