Music and the Gospel: “I Am,” Jojo

In high school, moments when we feel on the outside looking in happen a lot.  Everyone wants to be popular; everyone wants to be included.  Often we feel socially tested, judged about everything from the people we hang out with to the very clothes we wear.  It’s also a time when we determine what and who are important to us: is being popular more important than just being ourselves?  Who are real friends?  The song “I Am.” is a song that challenges those who want to tear us down and reminds us that we are all beautiful people.

Key Lyrics: No, no, no, don’t you dare / Who do you think you are standing there? / I’ll tell you / I am, I am, I am, I am worthy of love / Am I, am I, am I, am I strong enough?

Questions: What does popularity mean in your school?  When have you given something or someone up to be popular?  Why do groups act so cruelly about who is in and who is out?  What does it mean to bully another person? What instances of bullying have you seen around your school or community?

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