The Bridging Ceremony: What It Is, and How to Participate

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Melody Moberg, Director of Religious Education

We have a tradition of celebrating students who are transitioning from youth to young adulthood during the Flower Communion ceremony. Usually, this means the youth are graduating from high school or turned 18 in the past year. During the bridging ceremony, each high school 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 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 with a blessing from the ministers during worship on Sunday, June 7, following a slideshow featuring images of the bridging seniors. This will happen over the worship livestream, which you can view from home, here: https://www.uuchurch.org/sunday-service-live-stream/

Families, if your student is bridging they can participate in our bridging ceremony regardless of how involved they have been in the church in recent years. To participate, please contact Melody Moberg at melody.moberg@uuchurch.org. To participate you’ll want to send: a baby picture of the bridger, a senior portrait of the bridger, and a short statement about the student which may include their plans for next year. Please also send a current address for your bridging senior, for a special gift from religious education and the congregation. The deadline to sign up is by the end of the day on May 30, 2021.