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

Activity 3: An Ethic of Affirmation and Resistance

Part of What We Choose

Activity time: 25 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read Handout 1, An Ethic of Affirmation and Resistance, and prepare to present it to the group. Copy the handout for all participants.
  • Write these questions on newsprint, and post:
    • How does the idea of recounting "the story of my people" or "the story of my community" create a different basis for understanding identity than does "my personal story" or "the story of my family?"
    • In Cannon's and De La Torre's ethical systems, what values are at the center? Which people are at the center? What role does the ethical system supported by the dominant culture play?
    • How does this ethical system illuminate, expand, or challenge your understanding of what it means to live a moral life?
    • What do you find affirming and uplifting in this ethical system? What challenges or puzzles you? What calls you to reflection? To action?

Description of Activity

Distribute Handout 1, An Ethic of Affirmation and Resistance, and read the handout aloud. Invite participants to move into groups of three or four. Give each group newsprint and markers and invite them to list their observations, insights, questions, and challenges, using the posted questions as a guide. After 15 minutes, re-gather the group and invite small groups to post and share their lists.