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In "Amazing Grace," a Tapestry of Faith program
Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and
the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and
— David Hume
— David Hume
IN TODAY’S SESSION…We had a competition to see which groups could come up with the most virtue and sin words. We heard the story of “Amazing Grace,” and then another story about a student who refused to steal. That led to a talk about conscience. We thought about the Golden Rule, an idea that many religions share. We played Wall-to-Wall Questions.
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about…
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try…
MYSTERY AND ME
Take some personal quiet time and think about a person you do not understand. It might be a member of your family or a classmate from school. How could a person be like that, or think like that? Is that a mystery? Why are you you, and why are other people who they are? Is that a mystery, too? If you are journaling, write a paragraph or two saying who you really are deep inside. See if you can discover something new about yourself as you write.
A FAMILY RITUAL
Talk each day about the right and wrong you have experienced. Did you each do something good you want to share? Is there somebody in the family you want to thank for a virtuous act? Or is there something you wish you hadn’t done that you need to talk about? How can you make tomorrow a better day?
A FAMILY GAME
Try actually wearing one another’s shoes. How does this feel? Does it really help you think about what it might mean to be living the other person’s life? To be that person? Whose shoes are you most comfortable wearing?
Discover something that you disagree about. Do some family members think it is good and others think it is bad? Is that because of what the thing is? Or is it because of who the people are? Can you find some way to agree about it? Do families always have to agree about everything? Can they?
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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