Citizen University is building a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship across the country. We envision a great civic revival across our nation — our dream is a country in which Americans are steeped in a sense of civic character, educated in the tools of civic power, and are problem-solving contributors in a self-governing community.
Who better to join us in gathering people together, building culture, and inspiring reflection and joy than Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture! We're cooking up a special program featuring local artists in the MoPop community and a timely civic sermon from our very own Eric Liu. After our YouTube live, we invite you to join in conversation with others around the country in what we call civic circles.
Civic Saturday, started by Seattle-based Citizen University, seeks to build community and inspire civic action with gatherings that feature music, poetry, civic readings and remarks that explore our shared values and identities as Americans. A civic analog to a faith gathering, Civic Saturday aims to help us make sense of our current moment, and spark deeper engagement in our democracy.
The Civic Circle is honored to bring the first Civic Saturday to Montgomery County, Maryland, where the Black Lives Matter movement has stirred passion and compassion in our diverse community. When so many of our friends, neighbors and essential workers are suffering, and inequities in housing, jobs, health care and education have intensified to the breaking point, many of us feel helpless to fix what's broken. Yet moments of great disruption can also open the way for systemic change. Will we seize the opportunity, and will we hold ourselves and one another accountable? At this Civic Saturday, we will have the opportunity to connect, reflect, and brainstorm ways to marshal our deep civic power.
Civic Saturday encourages us to reflect with others around our common civic purpose, challenges us to consider how we are living up to the American creed, and inspires us to live like citizens now and in the future. Tune in to the livestream as we sing classic Civic Saturday songs, hear poetry and civic scripture, and a civic sermon from Eric Liu.
In a time of deep anxiety, disconnectedness, and political polarization, people need a place to come together in civic community—in a room, face-to-face—to reflect on and rededicate ourselves to the values and practices of being a contributing member of civic life within the United States. Civic Saturday began in Seattle, and is now in over 30 cities across the country.
Civic Saturday gathers friends and strangers together to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. At the gathering we connect around the values and practices of being an active citizen, reckon with and reflect on our nation's creed, and build relationships that create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal.
Join Citizen University for another special Civic Saturday with Civic Saturday Fellow Wendy Willis in Portland, OR.