• Lesson 1: Clara Barton — Comfort to Others
• Lesson 2: Desmond Tutu — Forgiving Others
• Lesson 3: Mary — Acting With Love
• Lesson 4: Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller — Compassion and Trust
• Lesson 5: Mother Teresa — Doing Something Beautiful for God
• Lesson 6: Young People — Giving Generously
Teacher Introduction/Getting to the Heart of the Lesson
Spiritual Affirmation with full color Art
Original Story, and Activities, Bible Verses,
The Jesus of the scriptures was a man of action. He was someone who healed, demonstrated compassion, took a stand against injustices, loved unconditionally, and told his disciples to go and do likewise. As followers of Jesus, Progressive Christians are dedicated to treating
their fellow human beings with kindness, caring, and compassion.
Genuine compassion is acting in a manner that enhances another’s well-being. However, compassionate actions are often most needed when wellbeing has been taken away through sickness, war, poverty, or social injustice. Such negative situations are out of children’s control, and they could easily feel disturbed and overwhelmed by them. !e lessons in this unit
touch only brie”y on negative situations and serve as background for understanding the lives of people who have acted with love, support, respect, and forgiveness towards others.
The lessons in this unit focus on biographies of “spiritual heroes” whose actions demonstrate courage, compassion, faith, service, love, and forgiveness.These heroes come from different times in history, but their actions relate to our understanding of Jesus’ time as well. To emphasize this connection, lessons are paired with a biblical example.
• Clara Barton, whose compassion for others led her to start the American Red Cross, paired with the biblical story of Jesus healing.
• Desmond Tutu, who helped guide South Africans on a path of forgiveness and reconciliation, paired with the biblical story of Joseph.
• Mary of the Bible, who demonstrated her love by anointing Jesus’ feet.
• Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller, women who forged a special teacher-student bond through
compassion and trust, paired with the biblical story of Jesus teaching his disciples.
• Mother Teresa, who lovingly ministered to the poorest of the poor, whom she saw as “Jesus in disguise,” paired with the biblical story of Jesus eating with the outcasts.
• Young people, 5 to14 years old, who are currently expressing their compassion for others through creative actions.
These people are truly heroes for compassion in action. The stories presented in these lessons are just snapshots of their lives as a whole. To give you a broader understanding of each person, additional background information is included at the end of each lesson.