Civic Saturday

In a time of anxiety, disconnectedness, and political polarization, we all need a place to come together in civic community to reflect on and rededicate ourselves to the values and practices of being a member of civic life.

Gather with a common purpose.

Intense polarization. A sense of disconnection from the place we call home. Feelings of hopelessness and powerlessness. Across all pockets of the country, many of us are experiencing these same heartaches and challenges.

But we are not stuck. CIVIC SATURDAYS are an antidote to this feeling of apathy and despair. Friends and strangers connect around the values and practices of being an active citizen, reckoning with our nation’s creed, building relationships, and creating new civic traditions that are joyful and communal. Join us!

Our next gathering:

Watch this space for details about our next Civic Saturday.

Recent Civic Saturdays

June 8, 2024
First-Plymouth Church
Sermon: Home Free by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 
1, 2
Full audio of gathering

Dec. 9, 2023
Turbine Flats
Sermon: Loud & Clear by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2
Full audio of gathering

July 1, 2023
Van Dorn Park
Sermon: Play Deep by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2

Full audio of gathering 

Feb. 18, 2023
Nebraska History Museum
Sermon: In Good Faith by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2
Poem: America by Shelby Martinez
Full audio of gathering

Oct. 22, 2022
Antelope Park
Sermon: Dare Mighty Things by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2
Full audio of gathering

June 25, 2022
Oak Lake Park
Sermon: Just, Like That by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2

Full audio of gathering

March 26, 2022
Virtual Civic Saturday ~ Watch
Sermon: Begin Again by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2

Jan. 22, 2022
Virtual Civic Saturday ~ Watch
Sermon: Wishing Well by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1 , 2

Oct. 23, 2021
Antelope Park
Sermon: Making Good by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2
– Full audio of gathering

June 26, 2021
Francie & Finch Bookshop
Sermon: Between The Lines by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2

March 27, 2021
Virtual Civic Saturday ~ Watch
Sermon: Patriot Acts by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2

Jan. 23, 2021
Virtual Civic Saturday ~ Watch
Sermon: A Transfer of Power by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2
Poem: I Am American by Sarah Suhr

 

Oct. 17, 2020
Virtual Civic Saturday ~ Watch
Sermon: Pocket Democracy by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2
Poem: A Good Sale by Jewel Rodgers

Sept. 26, 2020
Virtual Civic Saturday ~ Watch
Sermon: Reclaiming We by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2

Dec. 7, 2019
The Bay
Sermon: All Lift, All Rise by Brian Smith
Poem: Melody by Karisa Hendrickson

Locations

After School Programs

  • Sherman Elementary School

    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132

  • Lothrop Magnet Elementary

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521

  • Lincoln High School

    2229 J St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

  • Lincoln Northeast High School

    2635 N. 63rd St.
    Lincoln, NE 68507