The Synergy Bridging Service is happening virtually this year (Friday, June 26th at 6 p.m. ET / noon HT) and open to the public! Bridgers (youth transitioning to young adulthood) are invited to be honored at the service, by submitting their name and/or a short video clip to the Office of Lifespan Faith Engagement by June 10th. See form below. Read on for more information. For questions, email youth [at] uua [dot] org.
About the Service
The Synergy Bridging Service—our annual worship at the UUA’s General Assembly to honor those transitioning from youth to young adulthood—is happening this year on Friday, June 26th at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT / noon HT! While many things have shifted in the transition to virtual General Assembly, our need to mark and celebrate this transition, as a global faith community, is more alive than ever. Planned by youth and young adult leaders, this worship is for everyone to attend and participate! We’re pleased to announce that the Synergy service is open to the public, so you don’t need to be a virtual General Assembly registrant to go.
This year’s Synergy service uses a metaphor of Compost to reflect on the growth, transformation, and transition of this life stage. Throughout our childhoods and youths, we are held in a “container” that encourages our growth, connects us to the resources we need, and balances our pH levels. Somewhere in that time, we have moments—as processes of decay, growth, and turning take place—that form and transform us to, in turn, nourish and be nourished by our community and faith. As youth bridge to young adulthood, we don’t just dispose of all that has grown in our compost container, but take responsibility to spread and fertilize and contribute to all the communities we join and enrich and remain in.
Your help needed!
To make this worship a success, we need your help! Please spread the word about the service, and encourage your communities to attend. Having a cloud of witnesses that will commit to continuing to support young people is so crucial to our faith.
We ask that bridgers submit their name and/or a short video clip to the Office of Lifespan Faith Engagement by June 10th, with their Name and Home Congregation. This compilation will be part of the Bridging ceremony. We ask that the bridger consent (and a parent or guardian, if under 18 years old) to having their image and/or name shared publicly at the worship service. Complete the form below.
Who's a "Bridger"?
Overall, it’s someone who’s transitioning to young adulthood, however that means for the individual. Often that’s meant someone at the end of 12th grade or the homeschool equivalent. But for other folks, other milestones (starting a job, leaving a home community) might be more relevant. We trust you to name and claim this moment of transition.
May the gathered community at this year's virtual General Assembly honor this rich and complicated moment, and in turn, commit and re-commit to creating a more multigenerational Unitarian Universalism.