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CoUUrage Touch Groups

CoUUrage Touch-groups 1-3

Touch-group 1: Friday Night 11:00-12:00 (Midnight)

Chalice Lighting:

“One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

Maya Angelou

Introduction: Go around the room saying names, pronouns, and what you are most looking forward to at Con.

Discussion Questions on Awakening of our Courage:

What does courage mean to you?

Does someone in your life come to mind when thinking about courage?

How have you used courage in your life? Any stories?


Create a name for your touch-group and a symbol that incorporates what courage means to you


Human Knot

(Ask if everyone is comfortable touching hands and be respectful to those who don’t want to deal with touch at that moment. This is a classic game, but it can also put people very close to each other. Make sure this is ok with all of the participants.)

Stand in a circle. Everyone puts their hands in the center and grabs hold of two different people’s hands. Try to untangle the knot into one or two circles without letting go of one another’s hands.

Variation: Divide into teams and have a race. Variation: Try it in silence.


Now we extinguish this chalice keeping in our minds these words:

“Courage is found in unlikely places.”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Touch-group 2: Saturday Morning 9:30-10:30 am

Chalice Lightning:

We light this chalice to affirm that new light is ever waiting to break through to enlighten our ways: That new truth is ever waiting to break through to illumine our minds: And that new love is ever waiting to break through to warm our hearts. May we be open to this light, and to the rich possibilities that it brings us.”

Discussion Questions on Fear:

What is a specific area in your life in which you feel fear?


What are your fears?


Write down your fears and hold on to them for Main Workshop. Make sure to make them anonymous and to write down ones that you feel comfortable being read out loud. Keep some for the last touch-group.

Other questions to consider during this meeting:

What is keeping you from acting on this fear?

How has this fear made you a stronger person or do you feel weaker?

What are some stories you would like to share with the group about times when you felt scared or fearful?


We extinguish this chalice with these closing words:

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that

something else is more important than fear.”

Ambrose Redmoon

Touch-group 3: Saturday Night 5:30-6:30 pm

Chalice Lightning:

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela

Discussion Questions on Overcoming Fear:

What is an example of when someone close to you was feeling fear?

How did you support them?

How would you have done it differently?

How can we support people who have trouble finding courage?

How can you use what you’ve learned about courage and fear to help you overcome fear and move forward?


Write down things that make you feel courageous or brave. Share them with the group if you want. Now take out your fears that you had written down from the last meeting. Mix all of your fears and things that give you courage and give them to your touch group leader. Make sure to have written anonymously unless you want to share your name. Have the touch-group mix all of them up one more time before evenly distributing the pieces of paper. Now match the fear with what you think would help overcome this fear. Post them around the room. Find your fear and take both the fear and the thing that will help you overcome it. You may keep these pieces of paper to remind you that you have all the strength and support you need to overcome your fears.

Other questions to consider during the meeting:

How will you use what you have learned at Con about yourself and your fears when you go home?

What was your favorite part of Con?

Did you get something new or special out of this Con that you will take home with you?


Now we will extinguish this chalice.

Remembering that this is not “goodbye” it is “see you later” and keeping these words in mind.

“Who sees all beings in his own self, and his own self in all beings, loses all fear.”

– Isa Upanishad, ancient Hindu scripture