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Taking It Home, Workshop 1: The Locus of Moral Authority

In "What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists," a Tapestry of Faith program

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. — Albert Einstein

Share with family members or friends the story you wrote about in Activity 3, What Guides Me? Include children and youth as appropriate. Invite others to share stories that help them frame their ethical and moral decision making.

As you go about your daily life, notice when you hear or read statements that rest on moral or ethical precepts. When you encounter such statements, ask yourself:

  • Where is the authority behind these statements?
  • How do you feel about the ethical authority this institution or individual has claimed or assigned?
  • What do you perceive as having given that individual or institution the right to claim or assign moral authority?

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Last updated on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

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