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Activity 1: Story and Discussion - Two Wolves: A Cherokee Tale

Activity time: 7 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read the story.
  • Photocopy Story 1, "Two Wolves: A Cherokee Tale," one for each participant.

Description of Activity

The group shares the central story of the session, which involves internal battles between right and wrong.

Tell or read Story 1,"Two Wolves: A Cherokee Tale." Alternately, you might ask for one or more volunteers to read it.

"Two Wolves" is very short, but it has impact. After telling it, lead a discussion with questions like these:

Do you sometimes feel that you have two wolves inside of you, one bad and the other good? How do people feed these wolves?

Remind the group (or inform it, if you have not already done Session 12), that some people believe in the idea of original sin. They think that people are sinners from the moment of birth. (See Activity 2 of Session 12, Human and Divine.) Others disagree. They believe in the basic goodness of people. Many Unitarian Universalists and humanists (see Faith in Action of Session 12, Human and Divine) feel this way. They believe that most people are the best people they know how to be, even if they are not perfect. What do your youth think? Which wolf do most people feed?

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