The Bridging Ceremony celebrates the transition of our youth from their high school experience into young adulthood. Celebrating the Bridging of Asher Meyer, our Fellowship received his reflection from UUFP’s pulpit on Sunday, June 9, 2019.
By Asher Meyer
My family has been a part of this church for about as long as I can remember. As of lately, I’ve had less and less time to attend services, classes, and youth group, but it wasn’t until I was going through a bunch of old photos of when I was a counselor for summer camp, or hanging around a campfire at an old retreat, when I was reminded of how much of an impact this community has had on me.
I think everyone can agree that middle school was an awkward time, or I can at least prove it was awkward for me once you see my fashion decisions in my slideshow coming up, but a lot of the time it wasn’t easy to make close friends because 12-year-olds will be 12-year-olds. So having such close friends in my classes in church gave me so much more confidence and trust in myself because I never had a doubt in my mind that they would humiliate me, unlike the social battleground we call public school. Arik, Athena, and I, otherwise known as the A-Team, were undefeatable, and to this day I still miss when we would take the class to Starbucks and discuss things like why do bad things happen to good people.
This church has also broadened my understanding of how I see the world around me. When I was young, all I wanted to do was listen to music and play video games. Honestly, not much has changed. But when I got to class with my friends, we were asked some pretty challenging questions that I hadn’t even come close to thinking about at that time, which really was the first time I started developing my own opinions and learning how to have meaningful discussion.
And with that I really want to thank all of the teachers I’ve had throughout my many classes, to name a few—Jeff, Ms. Kraft, my dad, Brownie lady, and Scott. I also, of course, would like to thank Ms. Joanne for all she’s done for me and really every teenager at this church. I’m still sorry for when I knocked over the chalice with a dodgeball; the sand poured onto the piano, and it took forever to clean up. I hope we can leave that in the past.
As for future plans, right now I have decided to use the money I have been saving for about three years to purchase a van and move to Alaska. I’m gonna live off of the land and the money I have, and last as long as I can. Just kidding; I’m going to American University in DC to study audio technology, and after I get my diploma, I’m getting the van and moving to Alaska. Sorry mixed those up. And that’s about all I have. Thank you for listening.