Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Miracles: A Multigenerational Program on Living in Awe and Wonder

Activity 1: Sharing Miracle Moments

Part of Miracles

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Newsprint with definition(s) of a miracle generated by the group in Session 1

Preparation for Activity

  • Post the group’s definition(s) of a miracle the group generated in Session 1 along with any revisions made in subsequent sessions.
  • Prepare to share, in a phrase or sentence, a “miracle moment” of your own.

Description of Activity

In Session 1, participants contributed examples of what they think is miraculous and crafted a working definition of “miracle.” In subsequent sessions, participants may have amended their definition. Indicate where you have posted this definition. Read it aloud or have a volunteer read it.

Invite everyone, whether or not this is their first session, to share a “miracle moment”—a time when they paid attention to something unexpected, awesome, and perhaps unexplained. To set the tone, briefly share a recent miracle moment of your own. You may wish to remind the group:

  • Everyone’s ideas and experiences of miracles may be different.
  • Participants may “pass.” Sharing a miracle is not required.

Thank each volunteer for their contribution. Be careful to respond to each contribution with the same level of enthusiasm.

Now reread or ask a volunteer to read the posted definition of a miracle. In light of the miracle moments participants have described, does the definition still capture the group’s understanding of miracles? Record their ideas on newsprint and save.