Civic Gatherings

Join us in nurturing a spirit of shared civic purpose.
July 2019 Civic Saturday at Central Library

In January of 2018, Spirit & Place Program Director Erin Kelley became one of the first twenty fellows in the nation selected by Citizen University in Seattle to attend Civic Saturday training. Civic Saturdays are an analogue to a faith gathering, but do not aim to replace faith traditions. Instead, these gatherings serve as time for the public to nurture a spirit of shared purpose, to wrestle with moral questions, and to develop a sense of civic character. Using poetry, song, civic readings, a civic “sermon,” and conversing in Civic Circles at the end, Civic Saturdays strive to help people to show up for each other in civic life.

Upcoming Civic Saturday information forthcoming.

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Watch, listen, or read past civic sermons here

Date Title Formats
April 28, 2018 A Good Citizen Text, Audio
July 28, 2018 Promises Text, Video, Audio
February 23, 2019 Becoming US Text, Video, Audio
April 16, 2019 The Myths We Tell Text, Audio
July 20, 2019 Optimism as Rebellion Text, Video, Audio
February 27, 2021 Making Meaning Video


Erin Kelley

Erin Kelley is a public historian, public programming professional, dog-lover, beer geek, and voter. At Spirit & Place she serves as the Program Director where she oversees the annual Spirit & Place Festival by working with 100+ community partners across sectors and disciplines. Kelley wa ...

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