Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Riddle and Mystery: A Program on the Big Questions for Grade 6

Alternate Activity 3: Challenge Question

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Optional: Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Optional: Write the challenge question on newsprint, and post.
  • Optional: Review Alternate Activity 2, Song - "Light of Ages and of Nations." Whether or not you have done Alternate Activity 2, you may like to use for the Challenge Question discussion its discussion about cultural use of "light, white, bright" for good and "dark, black" for bad.

Description of Activity

Challenge questions guide a deeper inquiry for especially thoughtful individuals and groups. For this session, ask:

Is it okay to tell a lie in order to avoid hurting somebody's feelings?

Extend discussion with these additional questions:

  • What are white lies? (You might say they are small lies told to protect people's feelings when someone feels the truth might hurt them.)
  • If somebody tells you a white lie and then you discover the truth, how do you feel?

Ask the group why "good" lies are referred to as "white lies?" Are they really "good?" Do you think people would feel as happy to tell "white lies" if they were called "black lies?" What other examples of this cultural bias of things "white" as being good and "black" as being bad can youth add?