In "Virtue Ethics," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants understand how the use of responsibility affects their lives.
Invite youth to take five minutes to journal, using the questions on newsprint as prompts, or to draw or meditate on the questions.
Additional prompts you may add, while the group journals:
Invite participants to share journal writing to their level of comfort. You may wish to remind youth that you are a mandated reporter and, if anyone discloses behavior that could be dangerous to themselves or others, you will need to report it. Listen to what is said.
When all who wish to have shared, remind the group that though the world has many problems, they are not responsible for fixing them all. People who feel they need to fix everything often become burned out. People who are apathetic and feel responsible for nothing are frustrating. Remember that moderation is also a virtue. Use these words, or your own:
Malcolm X said, "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem." He did not say, "If you are not the solution, you are the problem." The human race has to work together to solve the problems the species created. Sometimes you might be a part of the solution in a small way, like using cloth bags. At other times, you might play a bigger part. You might lobby your legislator to support the Clean Air Act. You might work for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Share these words from Unitarian minister Edward Everett Hale:
I am only one
but still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Be sure to save five minutes for the youth to decorate their cork beads. Distribute participants' clipboards, new beads (one per youth), and decorating materials. Invite youth to decorate a bead while reflecting on their personal experiences with responsibility. Remind them that the beads will act as a reminder to use their highest values.
As participants finish, have them add this bead to the anklet they started in Workshop 1.
If any participant missed Workshop 1, provide them with a clipboard, hemp, a bead for their name bead, and instruction to begin their anklet.
Collect journals, clipboards, and anklet-making materials, and store for the next workshop.
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Last updated on Thursday, March 15, 2012.
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