Just because we’re physically distancing doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate and nurture our shared civic spirit. Civic Nebraska invites you to join us as we participate in Virtual Civic Saturday at 1 pm CDT March 28. Our friends at Citizen University are hosting the event live from Seattle.
What’s Civic Saturday? The gatherings, modeled after a worship service, began in Seattle in 2016. Instead of religious lessons, Civic Saturdays feature a “sermon” about the importance of civic engagement. They also feature music and small-group discussions. Civic Saturdays have since spread around the United States and are the subject of the book Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy by their founder, Eric Liu of Citizen University.
Civic Nebraska hosted Nebraska’s first-ever Civic Saturday on Dec. 7. Here’s a recap of that awesome gathering. The event went so well that we decided to host Civic Saturdays at least quarterly around our state. In fact, in mid-March Director of Communications Steve Smith was preparing to fly to Seattle for “civic seminarian” training with 13 other civic leaders from around the country. But COVID-19 concerns delayed the training until this summer – so, given that we had to postpone our spring Civic Saturday, we’re especially eager to witness this Saturday’s event.
While in-person gatherings are important for strong civic rituals, assembling in large groups right now just isn’t possible. Still, we can keep our spirits up during a time when people may be more isolated than usual. You can watch alone, or with those with whom you are physically distancing. Come check it out; if you haven’t yet attended a Civic Saturday, this is the great opportunity to see what they’re all about. We’ll still sing, listen to civic readings, reflect with poetry, and hear a civic sermon – and participate, albeit virtually.
Don’t worry if you can’t join at the scheduled time. Virtual Civic Saturday will remain on Youtube and at Citizen University after the live stream ends.
See you there!