Bridging Ceremony – Invitation to Families

Sunday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. (part of the worship service)

red rose

Our ritual for bridging seniors takes place during the Flower Communion worship service, and has usually been followed by an in-person reception. During Bridging, each senior receives the blessing of the congregation and a rose with thorns. In contrast to the budding thorn-less roses given to infants and children being dedicated in church, the rose with thorns symbolizes how the students are coming into their own power and resilience. Emergent young adults are no longer protected from the world by their parents, yet they remain part of a rich community of faith dedicated to holding them all the years of their lives.

This year we will celebrate our bridging seniors during our lived streamed worship at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 7, with a blessing from the ministers following slides featuring images of the bridging seniors. (View the worship live-stream, at

Afterwards, from 12:15-1:00 p.m., there will be a bridging celebration via Zoom for students and parents to celebrate and share UUC memories. 

Families, if your student is graduating from high school please email me ( a baby picture, a senior portrait, and a short statement about the student, perhaps their plans for next year, and a current address for your bridging senior.

It doesn’t matter how involved your student was in religious education at UUC – all graduating seniors are invited regardless!