The Civic Salon is a pop-up community gathering space intended to help incubate a more empathic, democratic, and resilient community.

Starting with a few events, we invite the community to use the Salon to initiate and convene additional activities that uphold principles of mutual respect, compassion, civic engagement and social justice.

¿Cómo organizarnos como comunidad que trabaja en equipo para promover la compasión , la responsabilidad, y la iniciativa colectiva para el bien común?

An eventful and engaging civic experiment – wrapping up the pop-up Salon

Thanks to everyone who came out in January to participate in the Civic Salon pop-up space!  It was an eventful month, with over 500 people coming out to workshops, meetings, presentations, and conversations over a wide range of topics focused on the convening...
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Exploring Goshen’s Third Side

The final workshop at The Salon was: Exploring Goshen's Third Side:  "When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” Led by Philip Thomas, the event provided a space to reflect on some of the themes that emerged over the month, particulalrly with respect to...
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Dialogue – The Challenge of Bridging Divides

To help bring a full month of events into focus and explore possible next steps, the Salon hosted a workshop led by Philip Thomas: Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides The workshop explored the importance of taking a “dialogic approach” to bridge the divides...
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Immigration Resource Center Presentation Follow-up

Last Tuesday night, January 10, 55 people turned out for a presentation on an immigrant resource center in Elkhart County. I presented on the model of Indianapolis’s Immigrant Welcome Center, which works to both connect recent immigrants to resources in the community...
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Connecting the Dots

It’s been a real privilege to convene a wide array of groups and individuals through the Civic Salon; not just at the events themselves, but through organizing meetings and interviews to gauge what issues and opportunities seem most ripe for convergence....
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For questions, or to propose an idea for the Salon, contact info@civicsalon.com

The Salon is located at 213 S Main St – enter from the alley (west) entrance on the parking lot off 3rd St, between the entrances to Better World Books and to Back Alley Brewery and Art House.

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New Years Day – Open(ing) Space 2:00 pm
New Years Day – Open(ing) Space
Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
New Years Day - Open(ing) Space
The Salon is intended to provide a gathering space and incubator for a more empathic, democratic, and resilient community. You’re welcome to drop in New Year’s Day any time from 2 to 6pm to learn[...]
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Community Game Night 4:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 5 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of[...]
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First Fridays – Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show 4:00 pm
First Fridays – Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show
Jan 6 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Fridays - Open House and Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-up Show
Drop in any time between 4 and 8pm to learn more about what’s happening at the Civic Salon, and check out the Lexicon of Sustainability exhibit – a pop-up show in a pop-up space. We’ll[...]
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A Michiana Seed Bank? A Presentation and Conversation about Seed 10:00 am
A Michiana Seed Bank? A Presentation and Conversation about Seed
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
A Michiana Seed Bank? A Presentation and Conversation about Seed
From John Sherck: This coming Saturday, 1-7-2017 at 10:00am, I am going to be giving a little chat with discussion to follow, at the Salon in Goshen, Indiana. The official title of this event is,[...]
Opening Dialog – World Cafe 2:00 pm
Opening Dialog – World Cafe
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This World Cafe event on Saturday will be our first deep dive into the convening question: How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good? To help[...]
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Opening Dialog – Open Space 2:00 pm
Opening Dialog – Open Space
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This Open Space event on Saturday will continue exploring the convening question: How can we organize a community that works together to maximize compassion, empowerment, agency and responsibility for the common good? To help build organizing capacity, we’ll[...]
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Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center 7:00 pm
Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center @ The Salon
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Envisioning an Immigrant Resource Center @ The Salon
Greetings! My name is Julia Schmidt and I am a current grad student at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, although you might know me through my work at Maple City Market and/or Southside Fellowship. I am[...]
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Community Game Night 4:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 12 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of[...]
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Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees 9:00 am
Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees @ Civil Rights Heritage Center
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Mass Mobilization to Protect Immigrants & Refugees @ Civil Rights Heritage Center
Build community, celebrate our immigrant heritage and defiantly pledge to protect immigrants, Muslims & refugees from hateful attacks and policies. Find an event near you: https://action.unitedwedream.org/calendars/global-day-to-protect-immigrants-refugees
Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign 2:00 pm
Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign @ Historic Roosevelt Center
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Reviving Dr. King's Call for a Poor People's Campaign @ Historic Roosevelt Center
To start off the weekend honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the People’s History of Elkhart organization invites you to a community celebration, “Reviving Dr. King’s Call for a Poor People’s Campaign.” The[...]
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Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 9:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 15 @ 9:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration @ College Mennonite Church
Worship Service and Discussion Sermon: MLK and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 9:30 a.m., College Mennonite Church Sermon Response and Discussion 11:00 a.m., College Mennonite Church Each year Goshen College honors the life[...]
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives 2:00 pm
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon
Jan 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Health Care Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives @ The Salon
Questions and Concerns about the Affordable Care Act and Alternatives Please join us Sunday, January 15 from 2 to 4pm for a cafe-style conversation about potential changes to health care and insurance during this time[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song 7:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center
Jan 15 @ 7:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song @ Umble Center
Community Gathering: Building a Movement with Self, Story, and Song 7:00 p.m., Umble Center Through dance and song, sharing stories and fellowship, this evening gathering demonstrates the community and movements these times require.  Since 2009,[...]
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Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Breakfast 7:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Community Breakfast @ College Mennonite Church - Chapel Fellowship Hall
Community Breakfast MLK, the Poor People’s Campaign, and Elkhart County since the Great Recession. Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 7:30-8:30 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall The breakfast is open to the campus and the wider community. Advanced tickets[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Spoken-Word Coffeehouse 9:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Jan 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Spoken-Word Coffeehouse @ Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall
Spoken-Word Coffeehouse Featuring: GC students in a program of poetry and other readings 9:00 a.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school study[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Convocation 10:00 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Convocation @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Convocation @ College Mennonite Church
Convocation A New Unsettling Force: MLK and the Poor People’s Campaign. Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 10:00-11:15 a.m., Church-Chapel Each year Goshen College honors the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. by holding an all-school[...]
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Workshops and lectures 12:00 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Goshen College Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration - Workshops and lectures @ College Mennonite Church
Get Ready Now!  Nonviolent Direct Action Skills and Faith for the Long-Haul Struggle for Justice. Featuring: Sarah Thompson, M.Div. 12:00-1:15 p.m., Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Humanizing the enemy and tending to the trauma.[...]
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Goshen Climate Action Plan Presentation 7:00 pm
Goshen Climate Action Plan Presentation @ The Salon
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm
Goshen Climate Action Plan Presentation @ The Salon
In September, Paul Steury presented a request to the city council that Goshen become the first city in Indiana to create a climate action plan. This is a chance to advance that conversation.   Come[...]
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Connecting the Dots 11:30 am
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
Jan 18 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Connecting the Dots @ The Salon
For this brown bag lunch, Phil Metzler of the Community Resilience Guild will give a presentation on “Connecting the Dots”. Mapping the ideas and resources we hold in common is one the primary activities of[...]
“Connecting the Dots” work session 3:00 pm
“Connecting the Dots” work session
Jan 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session
In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The[...]
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“Connecting the Dots” work session 10:00 am
“Connecting the Dots” work session @ The Salon
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
"Connecting the Dots" work session @ The Salon
In support of the growing attention and emerging initiatives focused on immigrant support and ecological issues, the Community Resilience Guild will be leading a series of working sessions dedicated to “mapping” relevant stakeholders, resources, needs, and issues. The[...]
Community Game Night 4:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of[...]
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A Time for HOPE 5:00 pm
A Time for HOPE @ The Salon
Jan 21 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A Time for HOPE @ The Salon
ComUnidad is hosting an evening of music by Lalo Cura Acustico, a taco dinner, and la loteria (Mexican bingo) as a time of community building and fundraising for the Elkhart County HOPE Network, a grassroots[...]
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Intro to Transition 7:00 pm
Intro to Transition @ The Salon
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm
Intro to Transition @ The Salon
Gather with others who have an interest in creating a more resilient and localized community. Phil Metzler and Ben Beyeler will re-cap the history of Transition Goshen, share some of the cool initiatives that have emerged from[...]
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Transition social lunch 12:00 pm
Transition social lunch @ The Bricolage
Jan 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Transition social lunch @ The Bricolage
A continuation of the 2017 Transition Goshen reawakening. An opportunity for folks to connect with interest, ideas, or questions related to Transition and/or community resilience. Bring your own lunch.  Some table service will be available to[...]
Community Game Night 4:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
Jan 26 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Community Game Night @ Civic Salon
One of the Salon goals is to bring people to the table for positive interactions.  Games offer a nice complement to our other activities in this spirit, and we’re pleased to collaborate with Better World Books of[...]
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Transition social hour 4:00 pm
Transition social hour @ The Salon
Jan 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Transition social hour @ The Salon
A continuation of the 2017 Transition Goshen awakening. The last opportunity of the week for folks to connect with interest, ideas, or questions related to Transition and/or community resilience. Phil and Ben will bring drinks. (it’s[...]
Women’s March Potluck 6:00 pm
Women’s March Potluck @ The Salon
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm
Women's March Potluck @ The Salon
Many local women here in Elkhart made history this weekend, by participating in Women’s Marches accross the country, along with over 5 million people worldwide (Wow!). As a way to reflect, decompress, and discuss next[...]
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Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides 9:00 am
Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Jan 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dialogue: The Challenge of Crossing Divides @ The Salon
Our country is currently experiencing what feels like for many a deepening and widening of social and political divides.  The effects for these divisions are being experienced within and between individuals and groups at all[...]
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Exploring Goshen’s Third Side: “When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” 2:00 pm
Exploring Goshen’s Third Side: “When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon
Jan 29 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Exploring Goshen's Third Side:  "When spider webs unite, they can halt even the lion” @ The Salon
Building on Saturday’s workshop on Dialogue, Philip Thomas will facilitate a workshop in which participants will explore together creative ways of promoting and strengthening the following core principles and values that many residents of Goshen[...]
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