Civic Saturday

A civic analog to a faith gathering, Civic Saturdays gather friends and strangers together to nurture a spirit of shared purpose.

Gather with a common purpose

In a time of deep anxiety, disconnectedness, and political polarization, people need a place to come together in civic community — face-to-face or virtually — to reflect on and rededicate ourselves to the values and practices of being a contributing member in civic life within the United States. Civic Saturday began in Seattle and is now in more than 100 cities across the country.

Civic Saturday gathers friends and strangers together to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. At each gathering, we connect around the values and practices of being an active citizen, reckon with and reflect on our nation’s creed, and build relationships that create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal.

Upcoming Civic Saturdays

Bookmark this page for more details soon! 

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

June 25, 2022
Oak Lake Park, Lincoln
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, Lincoln
Sermon: Making Good  by Steve Smith
Civic Scriptures: 1, 2
~Full gathering audio

June 26, 2021
Francie & Finch Bookshop, Lincoln
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, Lincoln, Nebraska
Sermon: All Lift, All Rise by Brian Smith
Poem: Melody by Karisa Hendrickson

Are you interested in bringing Civic Saturday to your community?

Lincoln and Omaha:
Contact Steve Smith, Director of Communications, at steve.smith@civicnebraska.org

Greater Nebraska:
Contact Daniel Bennett, Rural Civic Health Programs Manager, at daniel.bennett@civicnebraska.org

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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