Bridging Ceremony 2022

Orange rose with thorns

Sunday, June 5, during the 11:15 a.m. worship service

The bridging ceremony is an annual tradition where we recognize our graduating high school seniors as they transition from youth into adulthood. Bridgers receive the blessing of the congregation, and a rose with thorns. In contrast to the budding thornless rose given to a young child who is dedicated in church, the rose with thorns symbolizes both one’s budding potential 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. 

Here are some of the bridgers who will be celebrated:

Noah Brown (above) is an ardent Ultimate player, devoted Seattle Storm fan, and frequent maker—with multiple 3D printers. He loves to hike, and recently rafted down the Colorado River. Noah is graduating from Seattle Academy, and will be attending the University of California at Berkeley this fall, where he will be studying nuclear engineering.

Ella Carnell (above): “My name is Ella Carnell and I am about to graduate from Ingraham High School. I officially became a member of our UUC congregation in middle school. I am one of the captains of the congregation’s Friday night meal team for Teen Feed. I have been volunteering with Teen Feed since the beginning of ninth grade. I have also been a teacher in religious education for the past few years. I started out as a volunteer in Sprouts during the summer of 2019, but I loved it so much that I decided to commit to working year around. I have since branched out to work with elementary school children, but the sprouts children will always hold a special place in my heart because they are the ones that first introduced me to religious education. This coming fall I will be attending Eckerd College which is in Florida and is on the Gulf Coast. I plan to major in human development with a focus in public health, as well as participate in their swim club.”

Judas Knox (above): “I am attending Parsons School of Design in New York this fall and am excited to expand my artistic capabilities.”

Arwen Vaughan (above): “I am planning on taking full advantage of the Seattle Promise, which for those who don’t know is a free two years of college through the community colleges. I plan on getting my Associates degree in nursing. Although I am open to different fields and would like to see, after getting experience, where I best fit, I am currently most interested in NICU, and pediatrics.”

Clio Vos (above): “Next year I’ll be going to Occidental College in LA. I’m very excited to live somewhere new, and I plan to study marine biology. I also hope to play in the jazz program, study abroad, and do lots of research. Thanks to UUC for all of the support over the years!”

Iris Webb is graduating from Roosevelt High School on June 14, 2022. She will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia starting in September. She is looking forward to experiencing a different area of the country, living in a warmer climate, and hopes to join the college equestrian team while there.

1 Response

  1. Jane Blackwell says:

    Congratulations to all the graduating seniors! I am impressed by the varied colleges and fields of study you have chosen. I am sorry that I won’t be at the bridging service. Best wishes to you all as you move out into a wider world.