The BSC service year is organized into themes for exploration that align with the program tenets as well as with the emotional stages of a service experience. Examples include Hospitality & Community, Generosity & Simply Living, Sustenance & Wholeness, and Immigration & Justice.
SERVICE SITE COMMUNITY NIGHTSThe first week of each month BSC participants and members of the community gather at one of the BSCer's service sites to learn about the mission and work of the organization as well as the deeper social justice and systemic change issues they seek to address.
COMMUNITY FORMATION NIGHTS
The second week of each month, the Program Coordinator joins each house community for an evening of reflection and exploration around forming intentional community. Participants explore personality, communication, conflict styles, humility, ego, and more through a variety of media, including TED talks, creative activities, journaling, and discussion.
The third week of each month BSC participants and members of the community gather for educational evening, featuring guest speakers from the community who share their unique perspective and/or work related to the month's theme.
The fourth week of each month, a spiritual mentor joins each house community for an evening of discussion and reflection around spirituality. Journey Conversations is a process in which a group reflects on a common experience, poem, or reading, followed by some silent centering and a time for individuals to share stories from their journey and ask contemplative questions to help one another explore our stories more deeply.
The third Friday of each month, BSC participants gather for a day of programming and activities related to the month's theme. This programming may include trainings or workshops, group reflection, service work, and/or immersion experiences in the community.
Three to four times in the service year, BSC participants will participate in retreat-like weekend experiences to allow for more intentional time to build relationships, explore the BSC tenets, and learn about our communities. Community weekends may include attending local conferences, community formation exercises and activities, hiking & other outdoor activities, and group processing of service year joys and challenges.
BSC staff conduct monthly one-on-one check-ins with each BSC participant to provide support & accountability in personal growth and professional development and discuss the joys & challenges that arise within intentional community, service site experiences, and personal life.