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.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)
|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 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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