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Activity 2: The Seventh Generation

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Write on newsprint, and post:

In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine. - Great Law of the Iroquois

Description of Activity

Use the quote from the "Great Law of the Iroquois" as a prompt and invite participants to consider the value and impact of their giving practices on future generations. Use these questions to guide discussion:

  • How does the potential impact on future generations play into personal giving decisions? How does it play into the way our faith community frames conversations about giving?
  • What are the emotional and spiritual rewards of "paying it forward" for individual givers? What are the rewards for the faith community when its culture includes implicit and explicit ways of "paying it forward" with future generations in mind?
  • How do you interpret the second part of the quote: "... even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine?"
  • When you think about the practice of "paying it forward," how does support for the ongoing practical financial needs of your congregation (such as the electric bill) weigh in your considerations?
  • How might our generosity today nurture and grow our community of faith into the future?

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