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In "Virtue Ethics," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth discuss the damage gossip can do.
Say to the group that though Sita's story does not explicitly say the people of Ayodhaya gossiped about Sita, we can imagine that they did. Ask for a definition of gossip. Affirm, or offer: Gossip is the unnecessary sharing of potential harmful or hurtful information. Ask if anyone has played the game, Gossip. Invite them to play now.
Have everyone form a circle. Ask a volunteer to write a sentence on a strip of paper. The more difficult the sentence, the more fun the game. Or, start the game with a sentence you have prepared.
The writer gives the written sentence to someone on their right or left. That person reads it quickly, then hands the paper back to the writer and whispers the sentence to the person next to them. The group passes the sentence along, with the writer hearing it last. Compare the final version with the written sentence.
Play as long as time allows, leaving time for discussion using these questions:
If any participants have hearing difficulties, skip this activity, as it relies on youth mishearing what others whisper.
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Last updated on Thursday, March 15, 2012.
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