Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Principled Commitment: An Adult Program on Building Strong Relationships

Activity 2: Relationships And Faith

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint
  • Easel
  • Markers

Description of Activity

Introduce the activity with these or similar words:

The term "faith" has many meanings. The most common expression of the term reflects a belief in things that can't be proven through conventional means, such as a belief in the existence of God.

However, more ancient meanings of faith - from India and Rome - speak to a broader definition: to have faith in something, to believe in it, means to place one's heart upon it. We can place our hearts upon things that are both proven and unproven. That on which we place our hearts is that toward which we orient our lives.

Faith can also mean a sort of confidence, a belief in the potential of tomorrow. Sometimes faith comes in the form of patience, which allows things to take their natural course, to unfold in their own natural time.

Invite participants to reflect what they have faith in - what they orient their lives toward, both as individuals and as couples. Record ideas on newsprint.

Ask participants to choose some items from the list that speak to them most clearly, and to pair up with their partners to discuss their understanding of faith with each other. Suggest that they include in their discussion the question of how they might express their faith in their daily lives.