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Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Chenille stems in assorted colors
  • Optional: Modeling compound

Preparation for Activity

  • Set out chenille stems and/or modeling compound
  • Write on newsprint, and post:
    • What does "faithful giving" mean for you?
    • Maya Angelou said: "I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver." In your experience, how have you been transformed by giving? Has giving liberated your soul? If so, in what way?
    • Do your personal stories of giving portray a depth of generosity? If not, why not? Is there a way to reframe those stories so that they do?

Description of Activity


One of our deepest spiritual practices is the giving of time, talent and treasure in support of our most deeply held values.

Say you will give participants five minutes to consider the posted questions about "faithful giving" privately for about five minutes and then you will invite them to share with others. Offer them chenille stems and/or modeling compound to hold, if it will help focus their reflections.

After five minutes, ask participants to move into groups of three. Direct triads to allow each person, in turn, to share some of their reflections before in the group engages in conversation.

Allow about 15 minutes in triads, and then re-gather the larger group. Ask each triad to offer a highlight or two from their conversation. After all have shared, ask:

  • What commonalities emerge across the small group conversations?
  • How is making a financial gift an act of faith?

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