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


Part of Virtue Ethics

Compassion directed to oneself is humility. — Simone Weil

Our culture offers mixed messages about the virtue of humility. While expressions of humility are socially acceptable, even encouraged, we are also expected to stand up for our rights and take credit for our contributions. The youth learn that practicing humility as a virtue does not mean pretending you do not have talents and accomplishments. It does mean acknowledging that, despite your many gifts, you are not perfect—you still have room for improvement; there will be people who can outshine you. Humility helps us acknowledge our mistakes and failures. It empowers us to let other people's lights shine brightly, too.


This workshop will:

  • Examine the meaning of humility
  • Explore situations where humility is exhibited or called for
  • Guide youth to identify themselves as humble people.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Explore the meaning of humility
  • Discuss a dilemma where humility could have a role
  • Identify times they have practiced humility, and discover and commit to ways to practice humility in their lives.