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

Activity 5: Dilemma

Part of Virtue Ethics

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Adapt the Leader Resource to include the dilemmas you plan to use in this activity. If someone in the group has recently experienced the death of a pet, you may prefer to eliminate the scenario that deals with this topic.
  • Copy the Leader Resource for yourself, volunteer readers, and, if you wish, all participants.

Description of Activity

Youth discuss scenarios involving ethical dilemmas.

Seek a volunteer to read one of the dilemmas. Open the floor for reactions and answers. Ask participants if this reminds them of other dilemmas they have encountered or heard of, real or fictional.

Have another volunteer read the next dilemma.

For each dilemma, ask "How could compassion play a part in this dilemma?"


Form small groups and assign each group a dilemma to discuss. Give groups five minutes, then re-gather the large group and have small groups briefly report on their discussions.