Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Virtue Ethics: An Ethical Development Program for High School Youth

Activity 3: A Time for All Things

Part of Virtue Ethics

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Handout 1, Ecclesiastes 3
  • Drawing paper and implements such as pencils, charcoal, pastels, crayons, and markers
  • Optional: A recording of the song "Turn, Turn, Turn" by the Byrds, and a music player

Preparation for Activity

  • If you plan to play the song, queue the music and test the music player.

Description of Activity

Distribute Handout 1 and lead the youth to read the text together. Ask if anyone is familiar with these words and if they know the source (Hebrew scripture). If you have a recording of the song, "Turn, Turn, Turn," play it now.

Discuss the scripture text using the questions below. If participants enjoy making art, invite them to draw a representation-literal, or metaphoric-of one of the lines from the handout. Suggest that the artwork reflect experiences in their lives when they experienced these "times." For example, "a time to plant, a time to pluck what is plant" could depict someone planting a tomato plant and harvesting tomatoes or it could depict a biology student studying an anatomy chart and then operating on a patient.

  • Do you think it is true that there are times when opposite actions are appropriately called for?
  • Have you experienced all these actions/feelings in your life? What helped you survive the bad times? Do bad times make you better appreciate the good times?
  • Does believing there is a "time to weep and a time to laugh" make it easier to deal with grief?
  • Some people would say there is never a time to make war. Are there items you disagree with on this list?