1.0 Definitions

The following terms are defined so as to help explain their meaning in the journey of exploration.  They are here to help, not hinder.  The dictionary definition [not complete in all cases] is given alongside an additional “My Use and Definition” which is how I’ve used and interpreted them within the context of Christianity, morphology, community and MorphUnity.


COMMUNITY (origins: from the Latin; “communitatem” meaning community or fellowship and from communis; common, public, general, shared by all or many)

Dictionary Definition:

  1. a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality and share government and often have a common cultural and historical heritage
  2. a social, religious, occupational or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists
  3. group of people leading a common life according to a rule
  4. an assemblage of interacting populations occupying a given area

ECOLOGY (origins: from the Greek; oikos meaning “house, dwelling place, habitation” and logia meaning “the study of”)

  1. the branch of biology dealing with relations and interactions between organisms and their environment
  2. the branch of human ecology and sociology concerned with the spacing and interdependence of people and institutions

FORM (origins: from the Latin; forma meaning “form, mold, shape, case”)

Dictionary Definition:

  1. external appearance of a clearly defined object
  2. the shape of a thing or person
  3. something that gives or determines shape
  4. a particular condition or character in which something appears
  5. the structure, pattern, organisation or essential nature of anything

METAMORPHOSIS (origins: from the Greek and Latin; meta meaning “change” and morphe meaning “form”)

Dictionary Definition:

  1. a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism
  2. the structural or functional modification of a structure during its development

MORPHOLOGY (origins: from the Greek; morphe meaning “form” & logia meaning “the study of”)

Dictionary Definition:

  1. the branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of organisms
  2. the form and structure of an organism considered as a whole
  3. the study of the form or structure of anything

My Use & Definition [subject to change]:

  1. the study of the structure or form of the community of believers [the Church]

MORPHUNITY (origins: a made up word [2015] combining Morphology & Community)

My Use & Definition (a work in progress):

  1. a term to describe the structure and changes a community undergoes throughout time
  2. a term to describe how unity can come through change

STRUCTURE (origins: from the Latin; structura meaning “a fitting together, adjustment”, structured; organised so as to produce results)

Dictionary Definition:

  1. mode of building, construction or organisation; arrangement of parts, element or constituents
  2. a complex system considered from the point of view of the whole rather than of any single part
  3. the relationship or organisation of the component parts

UNITY (origins: from the Latin; unitatem meaning “oneness, sameness, agreement”)

Dictionary Definition:

  1. the state of being one
  2. a whole or totality as combining all of its parts into one
  3. the state or fact of being united or combined into one
  4. oneness of mind, in harmony with one another
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