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Activity 1: Story and Discussion - Two Wolves

Activity 1: Story and Discussion - Two Wolves: A Cherokee Tale
Activity 1: Story and Discussion - Two Wolves

Activity time: 7 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read the story.
  • Optional: Copy the story, "Two Wolves," for volunteers to read aloud.

Description of Activity

The group considers two struggling wolves as a metaphor for internal battles between right and wrong.

Tell or read the story, "Two Wolves." Alternately, ask for one or more volunteers to read it.

Then, lead a discussion with questions like these:

  • Can you imagine that you have two wolves inside of you, one bad and the other good?
  • Might there be more than two wolves?
  • How do people feed these wolves?

Remind the group (or explain, if you have not already done Session 12), that some people believe in the idea of original sin. They think that people are sinners from the moment of birth. (See Activity 2 of Session 12, Human and Divine.) Others believe in the basic goodness of people. Many Unitarian Universalists and humanists (see Session 12, Faith in Action, Human and Divine) feel this way. They believe that most people are the best people they know how to be, even though imperfect. What do your youth think? Which wolf do most people feed?

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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