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Human Dignity

Edge Night Outline

Goal of this Night

The goal of this Edge Night is for youth to recognize God’s divine image in every human person and identify ways to honor this dignity in themselves and others each day.

About this night

This night focuses on the dignity of the human person. The youth will learn that they are created in God’s image and likeness. Our human dignity comes from God and rests in Him alone. When we struggle with self image (a human condition), we fail to see that we are deeply known and loved by God. We are created in the image and likeness of God and therefore are good – very good. We are all encouraged to recognize our dignity and identify ways to uphold of the dignity of others.

The Edge night starts out with a fun game for each youth to get to know one another better. This will transition into the teaching about how God knows us intimately and how we are called into relationship with Him. The small group time gets the youth talking about ways that we sometimes compromise our dignity and/or devalue the dignity of others. The small groups will take a look at how Jesus related to those who were looked at as “the least” in society and sets an example of how we are called to treat all with dignity. The night ends by giving the youth the opportunity to pray a decade of the rosary for those who may be seen as “the least” in our own society.

Parental Notice

During tonight’s Edge session, we discussed the human dignity of all human persons. We helped your youth to understand that he/she is good because he/she is made in the image and likeness of God – not because of anything he/she can do or owns, but because God created him/her. This is the basis for all Catholic Social Teaching. The youth were challenged to see ways in which they are called to honor the dignity of everyone they encounter each day. At the end of the night we prayed a decade of the rosary lifting up those who are often seen as “the least” and who we know are in need of our prayers.

Questions for the ride home:

  1. What does it mean that every human person has dignity?
  2. What are ways that we can honor the dignity of others?
  3. How does Jesus’ life serve as an example and inspire us to live up to our full potential?

Environment

The environment for this night should convey a respect for all of God’s people. Print out pictures of young, old, healthy, ill, rich, poor, etc. and surround each image with Scripture quotes (see Scripture verses in sidebar).

Supplies List

• Balloons (one per youth)

• Small piece of paper to write name on (one per youth)

• Pens • Bibles • Handout A: “Dignity Scripture Reflection”

• Handout B: “A Decade for Dignity”

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