The Seattle Public Library is hosting a civic engagement gathering for fellowship and common purpose from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 20 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended, but not required. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $7.  Doors will open at 10 a.m.

Limited child care is available; registration is required prior to the event.

The event will include a secular sermon on civics from Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University, as well as singing, readings of civic scripture (great and provocative American texts) and silent reflection. Following the event, from noon to 1 p.m., will be a social hour with time to meet and make new friends.

Civic Saturday is a periodic gathering convened by Citizen University to help be a civic analogue to church or synagogue and temple. But mainly, it's about fellowship. In a time of deep anxiety and political polarization, people feel a need to reckon with the meaning of our nation's creed - and to do so face-to-face with others.

Citizen University seeks to promote and teach the art of powerful citizenship. The organization, founded by former Library board member Eric Liu, works with a national array of partners to help Americans cultivate the values, systems knowledge and skills of effective citizenship.

This event is made possible with support from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.