In "Virtue Ethics," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants identify positive and negative aspects of the virtue of courage.
Tell the group that today they will explore courage. Invite them to sit for a moment and think about “courage” as a virtue. Then, invite the group to define “courage;” let them grapple with definitions. If needed, offer the Merriam Webster definition: “the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” Or, share the words of the fictional father and lawyer, Atticus Finch, in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird: “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.”
Now, lead a discussion, recording positive and negative aspects of courage on newsprint as they arise. Use these prompts:
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Last updated on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
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