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Taking It Home, Workshop 4: Cultivating a Virtuous Character

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

The moral virtues are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit. — Aristotle

Pay attention to how you make moral decisions and examine the ethical commitments you honor in your day-to-day life. As you do so, consider these questions:

  • Is your decision making influenced to any degree by the imperative to choose "the middle path"? If so, how do you decide what the virtuous middle path is?
  • Is your spiritual life guided by a commitment to self-cultivation and self-growth? If so, which virtues do you seek to cultivate? At this time in your life, why have you chosen these particular virtues?

Find a trusted conversation partner and share your reflections, challenging one another to more fully cultivate the virtues you each deem most important.

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Last updated on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

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