In "Virtue Ethics," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants discover one another’s wishes for courage and bolster one another’s confidence.
Invite everyone to close their eyes and think of something they really want to do but they are not sure they have the courage to do it—something they will be able to describe briefly and anonymously. Tell them you are not necessarily looking for a physically risky activity, such as skydiving or snowboarding. Encourage them to think of something they might try at which failure could mean hurt feelings or loss of esteem. For example, speaking up when someone’s behavior bothers you could lead to a better relationship with that person, but it is risky, and could call for courage. Give participants a couple of minutes.
Distribute sticky notes and pens/pencils. Invite youth to briefly write their wish on a note. If they have more than one wish, have them use additional sticky notes.
Collect all the notes, mix them up, and post them on the newsprint. Ask participants to move to the newsprint and read one another’s wishes. Are any similar?
Invite volunteers to read aloud a wish they want to support. For each wish, ask:
Of course, do not have the group spend time on wishes that could lead to dangerous situations, lawbreaking, or harm to others or oneself.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
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