The decisions we make and the direction we head are all deeply influenced by what we value. This is true for individuals and communities. For BranchStudents, we have iden-tified these values as important.
We want to foster a place where students (and adult leaders) can be honest and open about who they are because it’s in that authenticity that we are able to grow and be transformed.
Faith is complex. And the world is no less so. Which is why we all need a place where we can ask questions and explore. BranchStudents will be one of those places.
Learning how to navigate an incredibly complex world requires more than just knowing the ‘right’ answers — it requires growing in wisdom. Our discussions and times of reflection (rooted in openness and authenticity) will be intentional about fostering wise hearts and minds.
Relationships are central to faith. We simply can’t, and were never meant, to do it alone. That’s why we’ll consistently spend time eating, playing and growing in community.
God commanded the Israelites to party (aka festivals and feasts). Jesus is found at weddings and Passover celebrations. In other words, joy and laughter are important parts of our faith journey.