Building Bridges – the journey

Building Bridges – the journey

Symbolism of a Bridge

What can they mean and how can we use the symbols as discussion starters for different groups?

A bridge can be seen as a barrier that people are afraid to cross or may be the only (possible) way to reach a destination or a solution.

A bridge can symbolise progress, connection, stability or maybe the only way to overcome an obstacle.

A bridge can represent a transition – a crossing over – taking that journey from life to death or more importantly, from death to new life.

A bridge can be a symbol of hope. If you can just get over that bridge, you may find yourself in a better place on the other side.

Some bridges can be harder to cross than others. Some can represent a challenge, others a struggle but there are prospects of  something better on the far shore.

What does the Building Bridges Through Story image represent?

There are groups of people collecting on both sides of the half finished bridge over flowing water. They are obviously trying to connect with each other because the building of the bridge is continuing from both sides. A bridge that is built from one side only is fraught with difficulties.

The people building the bridge represent people from all cultures, religions, races, gender, places of birth, abilities, ages and socioeconomic status.

The bridge is being constructed by using stories, represented by jig saw pieces.

Our goal in Building Bridges Through Story, is to find the place where each story fits or connects with others to complete the bridge to an inclusive community.

Our goal in Building Bridges Through Story, is to find the place where each story fits or connects with others to complete the bridge to an inclusive community.

For more information about the Building Bridges event – Contact 03 9846 1037 admin@manninghamuc.org or see the calendar of events