Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: What We Choose: An Adult Program on Ethics for Unitarian Universalists

Alternate Activity 1: Exploring Ethical Statements

Part of What We Choose

Activity time: 25 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Handout 3, Ethical Statements
  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Optional: Computer and digital projector

Preparation for Activity

  • Copy Handout 3, Ethical Statements for all participants.
  • Write on newsprint, and post (or, prepare for digital projection, and test computer equipment):
    • Which statement best describes your ethical framework and why?
    • Are there any statements with which you do not agree or guidelines you cannot imagine following in your life? Why?

Description of Activity

Distribute Handout 3 and invite participants to take a few minutes to read it.

Then, have participants form groups of three. Ask the groups to take roughly three minutes per member to respond, in turn, to the posted questions.

After ten minutes, bring participants back into the full group and have them share insights from the small group conversations. Then ask:

  • What are other statements or guidelines you connect to and use in your personal life?
  • Are there other ethical statements used in communities or organizations you work in, belong to, or interact with? How do those statements influence your day-to-day life?

Tell the group the statements in Handout 3 represent different ethical frameworks, each of which a workshop in this program explores.