On October 25, 2020, from 1:00 – 2:30pm, we invite you to join our virtual “Civic Sunday.” 

 

The theme is: How can we use our civic power to make real anti-racist changes in our community?

 

Building on the conversations over the summer and on the High Holy Days, we invite PSJC members to gather for an event to help us harness and focus our civic power to make real change in our community. Join us to take the next steps to make it real. 

What is Civic Sunday?

 

The aim of this virtual, non-partisan gathering is to provide us a way to come together as a civic community in this time of uncertainty, disconnectedness, and polarization. Our hope is that events like this can help build a culture of powerful, responsible citizenship that we will translate into civic action. 

 

“Civic Saturday” gatherings began in Seattle, WA in 2016 and are now happening in over 30 cities across the country. Developed by Eric Liu at Civic University, Civic Saturdays gather friends and strangers together to nurture a spirit of shared purpose to strengthen our democracy. At these gatherings, we connect around the values and practices of being an active US citizen, reckon with and reflect on our nation’s creed, and build relationships that create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal. The idea is to empower Americans who are steeped in a sense of civic character, educated in the tools of civic power, and are problem-solving contributors in self-governing communities. 

 

What will do at Civic Sunday?

In this gathering, we will:

  • Listen to and reflect on “civic scripture,” as moral grounding;

    • Passages from our nation’s founding documents, speeches or essays by civic and intellectual leaders, etc.;

  • Use music and poetry as rituals to create community and further stimulate our engagement;

  • Provide a civic “sermon” to teach and motivate;

  • Participate in follow-up breakout discussions to identify our sources of civic power, identify targets of our civic action, and plan next steps for PSJC to engage in moving the needle on anti-racist change in our community. 

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