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Introduction, Session 10: To Tell the Truth

In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program

I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please. — Mother Jones in Linda Atkinson's book, Mother Jones (1978)

You never find yourself until you face the truth. — Pearl Bailey, The Raw Pearl (1968)

You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. — Christian scripture, John 8:32

Big Question: What is truth?

"Always tell the truth" and "Never tell a lie" are often the first moral imperatives a child learns. But adults do not always set good examples. We lie, and children know. Sometimes we excuse our prevarications as choices we make to "protect" people from the truth or otherwise to do good. Small wonder if youth are confused about what truth is and why it is important.

This session asks youth to search for deep truths in the morals of fables and in their interactions with peers. The story lifts up Mahatma Gandhi's view of truth and his commitment to it, while WCUU explores different ideas of spiritual truth found within Unitarian Universalism.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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