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

Taking It Home: Integrity

Part of Virtue Ethics

Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. — Miguel Angel Ruiz, spiritualist and author

IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we examined the relationship among integrity, honesty, and trust. We heard a story about Sita, perfect daughter, wife, and mother. We talked about reputations and peer pressure.

Honesty and Truthfulness. Play the game "Two Truths and a Lie." In this game, everyone makes three statements, one of which is untrue. Your friends try and guess which statement is the lie. It is a fun way to find out new things about your friends and to see who has the best "poker face."

Integrity and Peer Pressure. Kids Health has information on identifying and dealing with peer pressure.

Virtue Practice. The Teens Health website has a link to a neat feature "Making a Change in Your Life: Your Personal Plan". You can use this feature to create a personalized workbook to help you reach a goal by setting and taking small steps. If there is a virtue you have identified as one that you wish to grow, this guide might help you plan concrete steps to take.

Sexting. Find accurate and appropriate information about sexting and other issues in sexuality at these websites: Scarlet Teen, Sexetc, Seventeen, and Go Ask Alice.