Tapestry of Faith: Toolbox of Faith: A Program That Helps Children Discover the Uses of Faith

Spiritual Preparation

Take a moment and let your body and mind settle. If you are comfortable doing so, spend a few moments in peaceful meditation. In preparation for this session on justice, you may wish to reflect on how you personally have taken on justice issues.

Think of a time when you felt sure that what you were doing was important. It might be something very simple, like tending the scraped knee of a child. It might be something grand and aimed toward justice-making. How did you know that what you were doing was important? Did you know it at the time or were you better able to understand the importance later?

It can be difficult to know what matters or what is important. Adults and children may share more common ground than differences when reflecting on Martha Sharp's question, "What are you going to do that is important in your life?"

As an adult leader, your opinion may have more influence than those of participants. Therefore, your personal disclosure should not become part of the discussion unless participants ask you a question directly. In that case, be sure to preface your opinion by setting the context that each of us, adults and children, has differing opinions, and yours is one among many. Then guide the conversation away from your own opinion and allow participants to reflect on their own thoughts.