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

Alternate Activity 2: Looking at Outcomes - Ethical Eating

Part of What We Choose

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Copy Workshop 2, Handout 1, UUA Statement of Conscience on Ethical Eating for all participants.

Description of Activity

Distribute the handout. Invite participants to read the statement, particularly paragraphs 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8, and note the utilitarian ethical arguments that underlie the statement. If you investigated this statement as part of the workshop on Kantian ethics, explore how both frameworks are represented in this statement. Ask:

On what authority do the utilitarian assertions rest?

  • Which of these arguments is compelling to you as a person striving to live a moral life?
  • What actions are you called to by the arguments advanced in this statement of conscience?