Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures: A Multigenerational Program


I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eyes reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice. — Theodore Parker, nineteenth century Unitarian minister and abolitionist

This workshop introduces the Hebrew scriptures with an exploration of the well-known story, David and Goliath, from I Samuel. Participants hear the story as it is written in the Bible (New Revised Standard Version), and then explore the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of the story's characters by taking part in a re-enactment. The workshop asks key questions to relate the story to participants' lives: Who or what am I afraid of? What is courage? What helps me to be brave? A choice of small group activities express the themes further before the group comes back together for a closing worship.

This workshop establishes a pattern of activities for all workshops in this program. Congregations may wish to establish their own patterns for the series, perhaps arranging for refreshments or a meal to precede or follow each workshop.

Before leading this workshop, review the Accessibility Guidelines for Workshop Presenters found in the program Introduction and make any accommodations necessary for your group.


This workshop will:

  • Present the story the story of David and Goliath and invite participants to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the story
  • Invite participants to reflect on their own experiences with fear and courage
  • Establish the activity pattern for all workshops in the program.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding of the actions, thoughts, feelings, and motivations of the characters in the David and Goliath story
  • Recall their own personal experiences of fear and courage
  • Identify and reflect on what helps them be brave
  • Experience connection with people of all ages and be enriched by the variety of perspectives offered.