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Closing (18 minutes), Workshop 6: The Story of Our Lives: Narrative Ethics

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

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Print Leader Resource 1, The Wisdom Tree, and prepare to read it aloud.
  • Customize Taking It Home and copy for all participants. You may wish to include this workshop's Faith in Action activity, this workshop's Find Out More section, and/or the Spiritual Preparation section of the workshop that comes next in your series.

Description of Activity

Lead a conversation using one of these questions as a guide:

  • Just how important are personal experiences? Can we effectively engage where we don't have any kind of personal connection or experience?
  • What are the limits of our personal stories? Where does their usefulness begin? Where does it end?
  • Are there times when our stories should not be the framework by which we define or shape our moral decisions? If so, how do we recognize and address those circumstances?
  • What factors or circumstances limit our ability to fully comprehend another's experience and perspective? What effect might those limits have on our willingness to rely on narratives—our own or those known to us—to make moral and ethical choices?

After a few minutes of conversation, distribute Taking It Home. Share Leader Resource 1, The Wisdom Tree, as you extinguish the chalice.

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Last updated on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

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