Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Exploring Our Values Through Poetry: A Program for High School Youth

Alternate Activity 2: The Poetry Of Hymns

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copies of Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey

Description of Activity

Participants search for hymns with poetry they find inspiring or beautiful.

Pass out hymnals. Ask participants if they have favorite hymns. As they do so, ask everyone to find the hymn in the hymnal and let the youth who suggested it (or a volunteer, if they prefer not to) read the words aloud. Look for hymns with poetic lyrics. If needed, turn to Hymn 34 "Though I May Speak with Bravest Fire." Discuss with participants how these lyrics reflect the poet's tools discussed in Workshop 1. Do the same for the favorite hymns of individuals or hymns sung commonly in your congregation.