In a time of deep anxiety, disconnectedness, and political polarization, people need a place to come together in civic community to reflect on and rededicate ourselves to the values and practices of being a contributing member in civic life.
That’s why Civic Nebraska hosts Civic Saturday – a national phenomenon inspiring Americans to become more powerful and active citizens. The latest Civic Saturday gathering will be from 11 a.m. to noon CDT Oct. 23 at Shelter No. 1 in Antelope Park in Lincoln. RSVP | See Map
Civic Saturdays began in Seattle in 2016 and are loosely modeled on a faith gathering. They feature music, poetry, readings, and a “civic sermon,” as well as opportunities for participants to engage during small-group discussions. The free, public gatherings have since spread around the country. Civic Nebraska has hosted six Civic Saturdays in Nebraska since 2019.
“This is a gathering for those of us – and that’s most of us – who believe that showing up and working together strengthens democracy,” said Steve Smith, Civic Nebraska’s director of communications. “At Civic Saturday, we connect as neighbors and strangers, reflect on the moral challenges of our times, and develop habits of being responsible for each other. Bringing ourselves fully into community is a practice, and Civic Saturday is where you can renew and restore that practice.”
The theme of Oct. 23’s gathering is “Making Good,” and will examine the paths between promise and practice in our shared civic life. Performances include music from Jack Rodenburg and original poetry by Jordan Charlton; and inspiring readings from Alicia Phillips, program manager for Collective Impact Lincoln, and Chris McCurdy of Civic Nebraska.
Smith, a local writer, mentor, and community advocate, also will deliver a “civic sermon.” Smith is a 2020-21 Civic Saturday Fellow with Citizen University. Small-group discussion is weaved throughout.
Civic Nebraska hosts Civic Saturdays throughout the year, with the next community gathering being planned for early 2022. To learn more, click here.
“It’s vital for our community, and our nation, to connect in discussion about how to live as powerful, responsible citizens, and how to inspire our neighbors to do so as well,” Smith said.