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Activity 4: I Believe, I Feel, I Act

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Participants' journals
  • Pens or pencils
  • Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Write I Believe (world view), I Feel (loyalty of my heart), and I Act (way of life) on newsprint.
  • Write the reflection question on newsprint.

Description of Activity

Explain that participants now have the opportunity to reflect and write or draw on what they have learned and discussed in the workshop. The following is a framework for reflection, but they are free to reflect in any way that is helpful for them.

Ask them to make three columns in their journals:


(world view) (loyalty of my heart) (way of life)

Invite them to consider their faith in these terms.

An example might be:

1) I believe that hope results from human and spiritual capacities working together.

2) I feel confident in my human capacity for hope.

3) I act on my beliefs and feelings by meditating when confronted with seemingly hopeless situations, which helps me summon the optimism to take action.

Explain that they can make as many statements as they have time for now and they can always continue during the reflection time in future workshops. Invite them to draw or represent their reflections graphically, if they prefer.

Offer the following reflection questions related to the theme of the day:

  • What do you believe about human and divine sources for hope?
  • How did the personal stories and current events make you feel?
  • What sources of hope motivate you to work for the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all? How might you put this hope into action?

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