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Introduction, Workshop 1: David and Goliath

In "Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures," a Tapestry of Faith program

I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eyes reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice. — Theodore Parker, nineteenth century Unitarian minister and abolitionist

This workshop introduces the Hebrew scriptures with an exploration of the well-known story, David and Goliath, from I Samuel. Participants hear the story as it is written in the Bible (New Revised Standard Version), and then explore the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of the story's characters by taking part in a re-enactment. The workshop asks key questions to relate the story to participants' lives: Who or what am I afraid of? What is courage? What helps me to be brave? A choice of small group activities express the themes further before the group comes back together for a closing worship.

This workshop establishes a pattern of activities for all workshops in this program. Congregations may wish to establish their own patterns for the series, perhaps arranging for refreshments or a meal to precede or follow each workshop.

Before leading this workshop, review the Accessibility Guidelines for Workshop Presenters found in the program Introduction and make any accommodations necessary for your group.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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