Civic Gatherings

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

Throughout 2022, using the civic reflection dialogue method in a new series called CIVIC CIRCLES, we will explore the question: What does it mean to be an American? Do we IDENTIFY as “American” due to birth, immigration status, land, civic values, shared history, or something else? What is it that is supposed to bind us together? And what is our individual and collective responsibility to maintaining (sometimes questioning) our civic values?

Where did this series idea come from?

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 and serve as time for the public to nurture a spirit of shared purpose, wrestle with moral questions, and develop a sense of civic character.

To better align with Spirit & Place’s practice if using dialogue to spark transformational change, we are adapting the Civic Saturday format and launching CIVIC CIRCLES in 2022. We will still use poetry, music, and civic readings to bring people together, but will put more emphasis on uniting attendees in small group dialogues. Our goal remains the same: to create a time of civic fellowship so that we all might “live like citizens” and better show up for one another.

Civic Circles occur on Wednesday evenings from approx. 6:30-7:45pm.
March 16
April 27
July 20
August 10
October 12 

Questions? Email

Check out past Civic Saturday events below! (Note: Due to the small group nature of Civic Circle gatherings, the new series will not be recorded.)

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

A native Hoosier, Kelley completed her bachelor’s degree in sociology and history from Ball State University and earned her master’s degree in public history from IUPUI. As the Program Director for Spirit & Place, she oversees the annual Spirit & Place Festival by working with 100 ...

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