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


Part of Virtue Ethics

The future, which we hold in trust for our own children, will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children. — Marian Wright Edelman

This workshop focuses on fairness. Because some lists of virtues include justice and not fairness, the workshop touches on justice, also.

Here is the challenge before us: How do we instill the virtues of fairness and justice, when youth can see our society confers fortune and fame on those who do not treat everyone fairly? How do we help youth understand the greater reward in shifting the arc of the universe—even just a tiny bit—toward justice?


This workshop will:

  • Examine the meaning of fairness
  • Explore situations where fairness is exhibited or called for
  • Guide youth to identify themselves as fair, just people.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Explore the meaning of fairness
  • Learn about Lotta Hitschmanova, Czech- and Jewish-born refugee who escaped Nazism, immigrated to Canada, and directed the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada's work in international aid
  • Discuss dilemmas where fairness is tested
  • Identify ways they do or could practice fairness, and commit to the future practice of fairness in their lives.