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


Part of Virtue Ethics

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED battery-operated candle
  • Taking It Home

Preparation for Activity

  • Adapt the Taking It Home section and copy for all participants.
  • Write the closing quotation on newsprint, leaving room for editorial changes. Post the newsprint.

Description of Activity

Tell participants:

Today's quote is from the 19th century and speaks of "great men." At the time, this gender exclusion was common, but it is not acceptable today.

Ask the youth to help you make this quotation inclusive of all genders, including transgender people:

I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful. -John Ruskin (1819-1900), art critic

Write the editorial changes on the newsprint.

Have a volunteer read the modified quotation while another extinguishes the chalice.

Distribute Taking It Home.