Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A copy of the story "The Fox and the Lion"
Preparation for Activity
- Read the story and prepare to present it effectively.
- Optional: Copy the story for all participants.
Description of Activity
Tell or read the story. Or, distribute copies to participants and have volunteers read aloud, taking turns at each paragraph. Remind the group that anyone has the right to pass.
Then lead a short discussion with these questions:
- What are the differences between the fox and the lion?
- Is the story saying we should never seek help from others? Why, or why not?
- The fox is injured and not able to help itself. Sometimes, this is the case with people. However, more often, people want to and can help themselves when they are in difficult situations-with support from allies, like us. What is the difference between "doing for" versus "working with" communities in need?
- In doing our interfaith service event, how were we lions?
- Can you paraphrase the answer to the woman's prayers? (You might hear, or suggest: "Take care of your neighbor," "Help the sick and needy," or "Always share your good fortune with those less fortunate.")