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Introduction, Workshop 5: Finding Our Mission

In "Exploring Our Values Through Poetry," a Tapestry of Faith program

To be tested is good.

— Gail Sheehy

As adults, many of us have questioned the purpose of our lives and whether we have a mission or a clear path in them. Youth are just beginning to engage in questions of this nature. Discussion of this workshop's poem, called "Perhaps," will help youth understand how it feels to be irresistibly drawn to an action—even though the action's outcome is uncertain. Activities that ask youth to identify what might be their own missions in life will have different levels of success, depending on the maturity of the youth involved. Even if participants are not able to define their own missions, these activities are valuable starting points for helping youth define a greater purpose in their lives.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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