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Activity 1: Story — The Stolen Soup Aroma (10 minutes), Workshop 7: The Call for Abundance

In "Heeding the Call," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read the story until you are comfortable presenting it.
  • Optional: Make copies of the story for youth to share and read along.

Description of Activity

Youth hear a story about abundance, scarcity and greed.

Introduce the story as a traditional folktale from West Africa. Tell or read the story. Process with the following questions:

  • Why do you think the neighbor was furious? Do you think she felt the poor woman did not deserve her soup's aroma?
  • How did the poor woman's use of the aroma affect the neighbor's enjoyment of her soup? Do you think the neighbor enjoyed the soup more knowing that others—like the poor woman—did not have soup? What would you call that feeling?
  • Have you ever experienced a situation where someone could have easily shared with someone else, but refused to, even when asked?
  • What are some reasons people do not share when they have plenty? (Possible answers: they are afraid they will not have enough for themselves; they believe they have worked harder than those without and therefore they deserve more; they look down on the poor.)
  • The story describes the circumstances sketchily. We do not know why the poor woman is poor or the neighbor wealthier. Does it matter?
  • What message concerning abundance and scarcity do you take from this story?

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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