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

Alternate Activity 1: Rights Issues in Our Time

Part of What We Choose

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Choose, print, and display several articles that illuminate ethical or moral issues having to do with rights. Include enough articles for participants to work in groups of three, each group with a different article.
  • Set out drawing materials where all can reach them.
  • Write on newsprint, and set aside:
    • What right or rights are in question? Are they natural rights, legal rights, human rights, or something else?
    • How is it decided that something is a right? Who makes such a decision?

Description of Activity

Invite participants to examine the displayed articles and select one story/issue they find compelling. Invite them to form groups of three, read the chosen article together, then write or draw in their individual journals, highlighting what moves them about or connects them to the issue. Ask: "Do you feel an ethical or moral obligation to do something about the issue in your article? If so, what?" (Ask for volunteers to move, if needed to even the groups' size.

Allow 15 minutes for participants to read the articles and to write. Then, post the newsprint you have prepared and invite small groups to discuss the questions. Allow ten minutes for small group conversation, and then re-gather the group and invite comments and observations.