Civic Gatherings

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

Join Spirit & Place this spring as it invites you to participate in a CIVIC CIRCLE exploring your understanding and commitment to religious pluralism.

Civic Circle gatherings invite you to reflect on our democracy and grapple with what it means to live by America’s civic values.  Whether or not you are a person of faith, the Constitution protects it all! So what does “religious pluralism” mean in terms of a shared civic or societal value? How is it different than religious liberty and how do we live into the work of nurturing a religiously pluralistic society?

Using the civic reflection dialogue method, this participatory gathering – you’ll be doing most of the talking! – aims to help you unpack your civic values with others who also care about their role as citizens, that is, as those who show up for each other in public life.

Wednesday, March 15 from 6:30-7:45PM (Virtual)
Monday, April 24 from 6:30-7:45PM (College Ave. Branch Library)
Wednesday, May 17 from 6:30-7:45PM (Virtual)

Note: Each session will feature a different source material to focus our dialogue.

**CIVIC SATURDAY: The Reflective Citizen**
We are thrilled to share Spirit & Place will host a full Civic Saturday gathering on Saturday, August 19 from 11am-12:30pm at the College Ave. Branch Library. Learn more sign up today!

Engaging in a civic reflection dialogue is not the same at attending a lecture or discussing a book. This is an immersive experience around a shared source materials (e.g., a poem, short writing, visual image, etc.). As such, we’ll spend most of the time in small group dialogue. Active participation is a must!

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 launched CIVIC CIRCLES in 2022.

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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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