As graduation season begins in the midst of closed school buildings and online learning, we encourage congregations to be creative in their approaches to honoring traditional spring rites of passage. Not only are high school seniors missing their moment to walk across a stage to receive a diploma, but many college seniors have also been sheltering in place and will never be back on their campuses to celebrate and say farewell to the friends they made during their higher education experience. Even our Episcopal Seminaries are planning for digital graduation ceremonies this spring.
The Faith Formation Department’s Office for Youth Ministries and Young Adult and Campus Ministries have been curating ideas, resources, and liturgies to share across the church with all of our faith communities. We hope that rural and isolated communities as well as big program parishes will find something that works for them. Our rituals and liturgies are designed for marking time through the liturgical year, for sharing our common story as Christian souls engaged in a mortal journey on Mother Earth. Let’s make sure that during this time of isolation in a pandemic our rising seniors know that they are valued in appropriate and helpful ways.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has recorded a message/homily for the graduating class of 2020 that can be found on the Video page.
This is a work in progress and we will continue to add to the page as we receive or create new resources. We welcome your ideas and resources as well as hearing stories of how you celebrated in your ministry context. Please share by emailing Bronwyn Skov or Shannon Kelly.