Beauty matters and so do those who create it.

Transforming our city by cultivating its creative community.

When Birmingham's creatives thrive, our city will flourish.

We believe in restoration, reconciliation, and redemption. We believe beauty will transform our world. InSpero catalyzes Birmingham's creative community so our city can reach its fullest potential.

For Artists

You may feel alone or discouraged, and wonder if your work matters. InSpero nurtures artists and artisans by creating opportunities to connect and collaborate in community. We need you, your work, and your voice for the good of our city.

For Participants

When we fail to slow down and enjoy beauty, life can lose its meaning and we end up disconnected from ourselves and others. InSpero organizes gatherings to inspire people through music, hospitality, story, and art.

For Birmingham

We believe in Birmingham. Since our first event in 2013 to honor the fiftieth anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, we have empowered creative community to help bring hope and healing to our city.

For the Faith Community

InSpero provides a bridge for the church to reach out to the creative community to better serve our city. We also bring beauty into the church through collaborations with artists and musicians.

For Pastors

InSpero sees pastors as artists and prophets, sharing their gifts and voices for the good of our churches and city. We help support and encourage you to stay in your story and calling and provide ways for you reach out to  the creative community.

For Donors

We need you to join us in this beautiful story of redemption, restoration, and reconciliation. We believe in the long-lasting fruit which comes from authentic relationships and small things done slowly over long periods of time. Believe with us, for the good of our city.

"InSpero provides rest for my soul."

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“Whether it’s someone who comes to an event or an artist who needs encouragement, one thing is true – InSpero brings hope and redemption into people’s lives. They shine a light on the arts by loving on the artists who make it. Their saying fits: “Beauty matters, and so do those who create it.” All are welcome at the feast that Inspero lays out, and all are valuable in transforming our city."

Amy Wolnski

Artist
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InSpero provides rest for my soul at the most crucial moments in my life. Through retreats, events, and dinners they invite me to slow down, be seen, see the beauty around me, and rest – even if only for a moment. These moments give me what I need to go back to the world and my family with more strength and softness.”

Deidre Clark

Founder, Ensley’s Kuumba Community Art Design Academy
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“Like someone who starts hallucinating in the desert without water, we lose our bearings on what is good and true when our souls are parched. Tasting beauty is what reriorents us and helps us move toward what is good. InSpero continues to offer a cup of cold water in the desert and supports those who provide water stops along the landscape of Birmingham and beyond. Their work is invaluable and a practical manifestation of resurrection and redemption. I love the heart of their work and the beauty they create, cultivate and support!”

Gordon Bals

Author, Counselor, and Founder of Daymark Pastoral Counseling
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“There is a serious need for groups who are brave enough to offer a gracious middle space – a space where people can meet each other face-to-face in order to discover, perhaps to their surprise, the possibility of friendship, the possibility of healing, hope, and restoration. InSpero is such a group, and I thank God for them. Let me say that again: thank God for them!"

W. David O. Taylor

Author, Assistant Professor of Theology & Culture, Director of Brehm Texas
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“Over the last few years I have been watching good people like those of InSpero do good work here in Birmingham, seeing themselves implicated for love's sake in the way the city turns out. Their loves, lives, and vision are teaching us important things.”

Steven Garber, PhD

Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership, Regent University

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May these stories connect you to the heart of InSpero, to the work we've done, to our dreams for our city, and to insights from creatives and influencers from Birmingham and around the country.

“Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving" (Madeleine L’Engle).

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June 1, 2020

Social Justice and Equality in Our City and World

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As InSpero acknowledges the deep racial wounds of our city, our posture is one of kneeling, not standing. We grieve the injustices suffered by people of color through systemic oppression. We desire to listen, learn, lament, and be part of the healing of our city. We kneel in prayer and repentance and stand with those who recognize and work for racial reconciliation and equality.

April 15, 2020

Update and Resources for Artists During These Times

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An update on upcoming and recent events, resources for the creative community during COVID-19, and info on the Writers' Kiln, a livestream with local songwriters. Also an encouraging reflection from Nancy entitled "What's Essential?" that gives new meaning to a word that has become so charged during these confusing times.

February 6, 2020

February Newsletter

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Last year, Gina and Nancy boldly asked you to join us in sustaining InSpero in this year of growth and opportunity. We are humbled to say because of you, we raised more than $50,000 through the end of 2019. These donations will help us nurture creative community in Birmingham and continue to offer intentional acts of beauty and hospitality which will bring hope and healing to our city and churches.

September 25, 2019

Magic City Storytellers 2019

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A few images from our amazing sold-out 5th annual Magic City Storytellers at the Clubhouse on Highland (great thanks to Bob McKenna). Here is just a taste of the beauty and voices of Birmingham. Photos by Emily Kicklighter Photography.

May 20, 2019

It's Been a Magical Year for InSpero

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InSpero cares deeply about beauty and those who create it. Since March we've hosted a Lent Retreat at the peaceful and lovely Salem Farm, packed the house at Leaf & Petal for a concert by David Wilcox and Andy Gullahorn, offered an intimate songwriter's workshop led by David and Andy at the gracious Wolnski Farm, and facilitated a deep conversation on our dreams for Birmingham at our Pastor Artist Dinner at the Clubhouse on Highland.

May 19, 2019

It's Time for Some More Magic!

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February 26, 2019

Be Our Guest at InSpiring Events this Spring

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We hope you will join us as we seek to give small moments of magic to Birmingham. From a contemplative retreat to begin the Lent Season to an intimate evening with David Wilcox and Andy Gullahorn followed by a songwriters' workshop to our annual Magic City Storyteller evening, there's something special coming up. Because we focus on more beautiful, intimate events, tickets are limited. 

January 15, 2019

Seeking Ways to Sustain the Sustainers

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This past month Gina and Nancy received a great gift: words of wisdom, freedom, and affirmation from trusted friends as we sought direction and answers for InSpero at a vision retreat at the beautiful Pursell Farms.

December 7, 2018

David Wilcox Tickets Now Live!

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Advent reflects the heart of InSpero, living in this now-and-not-yet time. It is a time of waiting and wondering, of remembering and longing, of acknowledging a world that is not as it should be, but still a world glimmering with a "thousand points of light" in the darkness.

October 10, 2018

Seeking the "Shalom" of the City

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InSpero packed its fifth birthday celebration on September 14 at the Clubhouse on Highland with new and old friends, music, food, cupcakes, photo booths, balloons, and joy. This magical evening was made possible by the many volunteers, donors, and Bob McKenna for sharing this vision which is InSpero.

August 7, 2018

Five Years of Bringing Beauty and Hope to Birmingham through Creative Community

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Gina recently attended a special symposium given by artist Mako Fujimura and Visions of Vocation author and InSpero board member Dr. Steven Garber in Vancouver, British Columbia. They delved into the power of art and story and vocation in finding a way to live, and still love, amidst the ruins.

June 9, 2018

The Question That's Haunting Us

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Andy Gullahorn, amazing singer/songwriter from Nashville, connected with a group of InSpero’s creatives this week (those pictured above and more who left before we remembered to take a photo!) and asked us this question, “If we believed our ‘art’ could save a life, how would it change the way we live?" 

May 15, 2018

Birmingham: A City Rich in Stories

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InSpero's Fourth Annual Magic City Storytellers is just a month away on Thursday, June 14. Appetizers, wine and beer will be served on the beautiful porch of the Clubhouse on Highland from 6-7. Performances 7-9 pm with an intermission with homemade desserts and coffee from The Neighborhood Brew.

March 16, 2018

What Makes You Weep?

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InSpero board member Steve Garber reminds us that powerful art tells the truth and quotes Walker Percy, “Bad books always lie. They lie most of all about the human condition.” InSpero invites you to see the works from thirty Birmingham area artists who have created art in response to the Victor Hugo quote "Those Who Do Not Weep Do Not See."

February 2, 2018

Weeping, Seeing, Dreaming

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We invite the creative community of visual artists, artisans, visionaries, and those who love our city to join us to discuss and create around Victor Hugo's quote "Those who do not weep do not see." On Tuesday, February 13 Gary Purdy will lead a Lenten lectio divina (meditative creative reading of Scripture) on a passage in Joel 2 and then together we will contemplate where our hearts break and how we respond. 

December 28, 2017

Beauty Matters and So Do Those Who Create It

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HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION HELPS FULFILL OUR VISION FOR BIRMINGHAM: InSpero believes in the power of creative community to help bring beauty, hope, and healing to our city and churches. 

November 22, 2017

Slowing the Season, InSpero's Heartbeat

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What can we do that makes us gladdest, what can we do that leaves us with a strong sense of sailing true north and of peace, which is much of what gladness is? Is it making things with our hands out of wood or stone or paint on canvas? Or is it making something we hope like truth of words? Or is it making people laugh or weep in a way that cleanses their spirit?

September 25, 2017

Bearing Fruit that Will Last

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As InSpero celebrates its fourth anniversary, Gina and I look back in amazement and gratitude (scroll through our Stories page to see some of the reasons why) and look ahead to what’s next for InSpero. The last four years have been a whirlwind of beautiful collaborative events, new creative connections, deep conversations, and developing relationships. Many seeds have been sown.

May 18, 2017

Hear from Local Birmingham Voices at the Third Annual Magic City Storytellers: June 8

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Make room for an evening of stories and songs at the Clubhouse on Highland at InSpero's Third Annual Magic City Storytellers. You'll hear from a firefighter storyteller, the owner of the Museum of Fond Memories, and as WBHM described, a musician who has an “old soul with a millenial’s heart.” 

April 27, 2017

Stories That Transport Us: Hear These Birmingham Voices on June 8

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Stories give us a thread of hope that there’s more to come and we can survive. They help us fight the lie that we’re alone. And as J.K. Rowling says, "There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” 

February 20, 2017

An Invitation to Music and Silence

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Heaven has been described as: "The regions where there is only life and therefore all that is not music is silence.” (The Screwtape Letters, Letter XXII, C. S. Lewis quoting George MacDonald)

November 23, 2016

A Beautiful Way to Begin the Holidays

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Before the holidays hustle you away, slow down this Sunday, November 27, and quiet your hearts to wait and wonder as Mary did when the angel Gabriel came to her with these words: "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.”

November 13, 2016

An Invitation to Taste Joy

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In her new book, The Spirituality of Wine, Dr. Gisela Kreglinger, a German theologian raised on a vineyard, invites us to experience a fuller, deeper life that includes joy and feasting. “Wine has the potential for profound beauty and can help stir our hearts toward Heaven.”

November 3, 2016

Two Ways this Busy Season to Slow Down and "Come to Your Senses"

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InSpero’s fourth annual Creation Waits invites you to go from the hustle of the holidays to the wonder of what the Christmas season truly means. Wait with us in this quiet, worshipful way on Sunday, November 27 (the first Sunday of Advent) at Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Performance begins at 6 p.m.

October 11, 2016

The City Beautiful: Join Us for Special Events October 18-20

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InSpero believes in the power of creative community to help bring beauty, hope, and healing to our city and churches. Join us October 18-20 as Dr. Steven Garber and Andi Ashworth engage us in the conversation and show us ways Birmingham can become "The City Beautiful." 

September 23, 2016

InSpero People: Wellon Bridgers

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Wellon was so gracious to allow us to use her art for the invitation for InSpero’s October events featuring Steve Garber and Andi Ashworth. We appreciate her generosity and are so glad to introduce others to her and her art. 

September 12, 2016

The "Flourishing" of Birmingham

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InSpero believes in the power of creative community to bring beauty, hope, and healing to our city and churches. Join us this Fall as we explore The Art of Community in September and The City Beautiful/The Church Beautiful in October.

September 3, 2016

InSpero People: Matt Schneider

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Matt has been a friend a partner of InSpero’s for about two years. We met him through mutual friends and felt an immediate connection with him because of his vision and desire to see art bring renewal to this place and particularly to the City of Birmingham.

August 16, 2016

InSpero People: Connie Skellie

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We met Connie through InSpero's Thy Love Inspires events. We appreciate her winsomeness and willingness to step out and take risks to share her gifts through Act of Congress and her church and the community. InSpero also appreciates her strength as a woman and is glad to support her work and encourage her in her music endeavors. We look forward to continuing to partner with Connie and are excited to see what the future holds!

August 1, 2016

InSpero People: Adam Wright

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Adam is excellent at what he does. He's passionate about his music and bringing other artists (musicians, visual artists, and varied audiences) into the process to share an experience together for the good of the city and the church. InSpero is thankful for his courage to try new things and to reach out to new artists in the city.

July 15, 2016

InSpero People: Charity Ponter

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Charity Ponter has been connected to InSpero for about three years. She is a treasure to Birmingham and embodies much of what InSpero is about. Charity has a heart for helping other people tell their stories. She also values artists and their processes, and she is a safe person for those she comes in contact with. 

July 9, 2016

Being Astonished by Beauty in Birmingham

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This April, InSpero hosted a Pastor/Artist Dinner at Feast & Forest. This annual event is a perfect example of how InSpero loves to give good gifts: facilitating deep conversation around a beautiful meal, building understanding and community, igniting dreams for the good of our city, and finding ways for the church and the creative community to reach the city together.

July 1, 2016

InSpero People: Corey Nolen

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InSpero is delighted to highlight Corey Nolen. Corey is a Birmingham-based photographer and musician. He is a dear friend of InSpero’s and is coordinating some of our efforts with musicians in Birmingham. We are so glad to learn more about him and his work and to share it with the InSpero community.

May 9, 2016

Entertainment that Expands the Soul: Magic City Storytellers

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“Entertainment” gets a bad rap when confused with “amusement.” Amusement is literally activity done “without the Muses” — that is, mindlessly. There is a time and place for that kind of amusing, Netflix-surfing vegetative state we go to when we need a break from the realities of life.

April 8, 2016

Leaning In and Making Space

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A small gathering of musicians, potters, painters, writers, and other artists captured a few quiet moments of food and conversation with singer-songwriter Sandra McCracken and musician Kenny Meeks in the home of Birmingham painter and InSpero founder, Gina Hurry.

February 23, 2016

Thy Love Inspires March 6

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In every season, hints of hope, what is to come, “Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

January 20, 2016

Creating Space for God Allowing Him to Create Through You

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"Yet whatever else it may be, Lent should never be morose— an annual ordeal during which we begrudgingly forgo a handful of pleasures. Instead, we ought to approach Lent as an opportunity, not a requirement. After all, it’s meant to be the church’s springtime, a time when, out of the darkness of sin’s winter, a repentant, empowered people emerges." Shauna Niequest, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter

January 19, 2016

Embracing Mystery

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Everyone loves a good mystery. Nothing engages the imagination like an intricately woven story without an obvious ending. We imagine possible outcomes until the final scene or page. Who done it? Did he get the girl? Was justice served?

January 19, 2016

The Link Between Beauty and Hope

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Perhaps you, like me, are once again surprised by the reality that it's never enough even when you do everything possible to create your perfect picture of the holidays for your loved ones. Because life is broken. We are broken. So, we fight to not give in to that haunting refrain: "Is that all there is? If that's all there is my friends, then let's keep dancing." 

November 18, 2015

O What a Night!

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Hundreds of people from around the city enjoyed great art, music, food and conversations at InSpero's Steel City Makers 5 Man Show held October 23. For Gina and Nancy, it was a dream realized...

October 19, 2015

Steel City Makers 5 Man Show Friday Oct 23

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Birmingham was birthed out of steel. All the elements—including the men strong enough to make it—meld together to make this city grow. Although Birmingham’s Steel Age has passed, the strength, endurance, and determination of these men still permeates the DNA of our city. It’s in our bones.

September 22, 2015

Flying Broken

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I'm speaking on "Does Beauty Matter?" at Q Commons Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Theater in Birmingham. Please come hear how InSpero and other local groups are impacting the city. Below are some thoughts on why I joined Gina in this "unexpected" journey to bring beauty and hope to Birmingham through creative community. 

September 10, 2015

For Love's Sake

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"For a good life, knowing must become doing. Human flourishing requires that knowledge has to become responsibility. But not for mere duty's sake, though that is not nothing; eventually duty has to become desire. We have to see ourselves as implicated in the way the world turns out, for love's sake." Steven Garber, board member of InSpero, in his book "Visions of Vocation."

June 4, 2015

The City Beautiful The Church Beautiful

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Two InSpero events last month show the power of creative collaboration to bring hope and beauty to our city and churches.

May 5, 2015

InSpero Shining a "Light so Lovely"

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InSpero shares the vision of Madeleine L'Engle of "showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it." We invite you to enjoy two special events where that lovely light will shine next week.

February 24, 2015

A Sense of Place: The Southern Landscape

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InSpero believes when creative community flourishes, the city will flourish. Today we feature two InSpero artists who are bringing beauty to our city. Michael Morris, Alabama author, reflects below on "A Sense of Place." 

February 16, 2015

What Will We Do with This World Filled with Beauty and Brokenness?

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That question is the heartbeat of InSpero. We long to see Birmingham as The City Beautiful with all its people taking their places in its transformation: the dreamers, artists, artisans, makers, storytellers; the risk-takers, entrepreneurs, business people; the healers, reconcilers, pastors and churches; the teachers and givers; and the children and lovers of beauty.

January 19, 2015

The Courage to Keep Hewing Stone of Hope

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“The forces that threaten to negate life must be challenged by courage, which is the power of life to affirm itself in spite of life’s ambiguities. This requires the exercise of a creative will that enables us to hew out a stone of hope from a mountain of despair.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King has been praised as a prophet, preacher, visionary and martyr. But we also praise him as an artist who painted a picture in words of InSpe

December 30, 2014

InSpero's (Scary) New Year's Resolution "Disturb Us, Lord"

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"Disturb us, Lord when we are too pleased with ourselves; when our dreams come true because we dreamed too little; when we safely arrive because we sailed too close to the shore."

December 20, 2014

Artists Pondering Advent II

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Isaiah 9 "They will look to the earth but behold Distress and darkness The gloom of anguish They will look to the earth but behold Distress and darkness The gloom of anguish But there will be no gloom for her..."

December 4, 2014

An Artist Ponders Advent

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As a native Floridian, the experience of seasons as a part of the rhythm of life did not come until my college years. The impact of color-laden, then barren trees was not unlike a slow-motion magic show. The starkness of winter giving way to yet another unfurling of color, texture and pattern unlocked my imagination and wakened a way to both understand and articulate deep soul-thoughts.

November 25, 2014

Slow Down This Season

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We are an Instagram people who hate to wait and have developed the technology to avoid it. How do we learn to wait with eager expectation? Advent means the coming of someone and something of extreme importance. That someone is not Santa Claus and that something is not more “stuff” under a Christmas tree or an elf on a shelf.

November 12, 2014

Board Member Highlight: Marjean Brooks

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In the upcoming months, InSpero will introduce you to each of our amazing Board of Advisors. (go to InSpero Family page to see a list of our Board members). We begin with Marjean Brooks, co-author of "The Way of Grace."

October 7, 2014

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY INSPERO

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“More than we could imagine” That’s what we keep saying as we look back on our first “official” year. Our dream at InSpero is to seek out and care for creative community so we can bring beauty and hope to the city we love. It’s happening, not only in the big events that touch all parts of our city, but also through our small ongoing community-cultivating activities and speakers.

June 9, 2014

They Shall Know

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My friends have a luscious confederate jasmine framing their front door. Its waxy leaves stay green through the winter and its small white blossoms give off a delicate scent welcoming everyone who comes to their home in the spring. I have planter’s regret because I chose confederate rose, which blooms for a week, sheds leaves all year long, and goes brown in the winter.

May 21, 2014

A Pentecost Conversation (by faith- part 2)

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I find humor in a lot of things . . . maybe it's a wrong way of dealing with serious life issues . . . but i know my sense of humor has often kept my heart above the brokenness and sadness of life. My son tells me I am not actually funny, I just laugh at my own jokes. So, for this post I apologize NOW if you do not see the humor in this like I do. 

May 16, 2014

An Invitation to a Pentecost Conversation (part 1)

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I have a friend who always smiles, toungue in cheek and tells me when she "writes her book," the first sentence will begin; "This is ALL Gina Hurry's fault." I begin by saying I'm glad there is Someone bigger than me to blame for this Conversation I'm inviting you into. 

May 5, 2014

Re-Thinking Calling and Creativity

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InSpero hosted Kate Harris at a lunch where she spoke on calling and creativity. I loved her. But I also hated her because she stripped away all my excuses. Excuses like: I’d fulfill my calling if my life were simpler, if I wasn’t juggling so many different responsibilities and people in my life. How can I be creative when life is so complicated? How can I even know what my calling is when I’ve got so much to do?

April 19, 2014

Darkness and Death Dies

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Easter! April 20: "But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ..."

April 18, 2014

For the Lord God Will Be Their Light

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Lent Day 40, Saturday, April 19: "Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month."

April 17, 2014

A Day When There Will Be No More Darkness

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Lent Day 39, Good Friday, April 18: "And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there." Revelations 21:22-25

April 16, 2014

Do You Know What You're Looking for?

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Lent Day 38, Thursday, April 17: "Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining."

April 15, 2014

Walking Light and Clean

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Lent Day 37, Wednesday, April 16: "This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin."

April 14, 2014

Called into Light to Proclaim Him!

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Lent Day 36, Tuesday, April 15: "But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." 1 Peter 2:9-10

April 13, 2014

Wake Up! You are a Child of Light

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Lent Day 35, Monday, April 14: "But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober."

April 11, 2014

Delivered from the Domain of Darkness

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Lent Day 34, Saturday, April 12: "And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God."

April 10, 2014

Dance in the Light

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Lent Day 33, Friday, April 11: "At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them."

April 9, 2014

We are Both Jars of Clay and New Creations

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Lent Day 32, Thursday, April 10: "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

April 8, 2014

It's Time to Wake Up and Get Dressed

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Lent Day 31, Wednesday, April 9: "Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light."

April 7, 2014

What's Keeping You in the Dark?

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Lent Day 30, Tuesday, April 8: "And Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness." John 12:44-46

April 7, 2014

A Simple Choice

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Lent Day 29, Monday, April 7: "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” John 8:12

April 4, 2014

Come to the Light

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Lent Day 28, Saturday, April 5: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

April 4, 2014

Light Wins

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Lent Day 27, Friday, April 4: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it..."

April 2, 2014

Bright Eyed

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Lent Day 26, Thursday, April: “No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright."

April 1, 2014

His Tender Mercies Break Through

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Lent Day 25, Wednesday, April 2: "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

March 31, 2014

Do You Know Your Worth?

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Lent Day 24, Tuesday, April 1: “So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."

March 30, 2014

Wide-Eyed Wonder

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Lent Day 23, Monday, March 30: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

March 28, 2014

Light It Up

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Lent Day 22, Saturday, March 29: “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

March 27, 2014

Turn to the Light

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Lent Day 21, Friday, March 28: "And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light..."

March 26, 2014

Bringing You Out to the Light

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Lent Day 20, Thursday, March 27: "But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against him, until he pleads my cause and executes judgment for me. He will bring me out to the light..."

March 25, 2014

Are You "In the Dark?" Ask Him for Light

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Lent Day 19, Wednesday, March 26: "Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him."

March 24, 2014

The Lord Will Be Your Everlasting Light

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Lent Day 18, Tuesday. March 25: "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising."

March 23, 2014

You Will Be a Noonday Garden

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Lent Day 17, Monday, March 24: "Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’
If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday."

March 21, 2014

Changing Deserts to Gardens

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Lent Day 16, Saturday, March 22: "For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song. “Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples." Isaiah 51:3-4

March 20, 2014

Playing in the Dark

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Lent Day 15, Friday, March 21: "Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God." Isaiah 50:10

March 19, 2014

He Will Give You Treasures in the Dark

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Lent, Day 14, Thursday, March 20: "I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name... I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things."

March 18, 2014

The True Guiding Light

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Lent Day 13, Wednesday, March 19: "And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. They are turned back and utterly put to shame, who trust in carved idols,
who say to metal images, 'You are our gods.'” Isaiah 42:16-17

March 17, 2014

Into the Land of Deep Darkness He Comes

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Lent Day 12, Tuesday, March 18: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone... For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:2, 6

March 16, 2014

When We Get a Glimmer of His Glory

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Lent Day 11, Monday, March 17: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
and shrewd in their own sight!" Isaiah 5:20-21

March 14, 2014

Shining Brighter and Brighter

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Lent Day 10, Saturday, March 15: "But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble. My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh."

March 13, 2014

Undone by God's Wonderful Works

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Lent Day 9, Friday, March 14: "If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,' even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." 

March 12, 2014

Light Dawns in the Darkness

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Lent Day 8, Thursday, March 13: "Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments! His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous." Psalm 112:1-4

March 11, 2014

Walking in the Light of Your Face

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Lent Day 7 Wednesday, March 12: "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face, who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted. For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted."

March 10, 2014

Knowing God is for You Changes Everything

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Lent Day 6, Tuesday, March 11: "This I know, God is for me. For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life." Psalm 56:9, 13

March 10, 2014

God Leaves the Light On for Us

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Lent Day 5, Monday, March 10: "How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light." Psalm 36:7-9

March 7, 2014

Fighting Fear

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Lent Day 4, Saturday, March 8: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1

March 7, 2014

Hope for Those Hiding from the Light

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Lent Day 3, Friday, March 7: "There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its path. In the dark they dig through houses; by day they shut themselves up; they do not know the light. For deep darkness is morning to all of them;
for they are friends with the terrors of deep darkness." Job 24:13, 16-17

March 6, 2014

No Longer Afraid of the Dark

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Lent Day 2, Thursday, March 6: "For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him." 2 Samuel 22:29-31

March 5, 2014

No Longer Afraid of the Dark... or the Light

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Lent Day 1, Wednesday, March 5: "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day."

March 4, 2014

Easter People: Lent as a Creative Offering to God

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Lent: Forty Days to Repent, Return, Refocus and Renew. Dear Easter People: If you didn’t grow up in a Catholic or liturgical church, you may be unfamiliar with Ash Wednesday and Lent. Ash Wednesday (March 5) ushers in the 40 days of the Lenten season (with Sundays off to celebrate the reality of our Resurrected Lord) culminating in the Church’s most hopeful day of the year—Easter (April 20).

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InSpero Board Members

We are privileged for the wisdom, vision, leadership, and prayers of our Board of Directors. They guide, support, and advocate for InSpero, and hold us true to our mission to bring hope and healing to Birmingham through nurturing creative community. 

Nancy Carroll
President, InSpero
writer
teacher
soul-tender
Gina Hurry
Founder, InSpero
painter
creator
nurturer
dreamer
Andi Ashworth
Cofounder, Art House America
author
hospitality artist
Marjean Brooks
Author
author
teacher
mentor
Andrea Brown
Founder and Head Designer, Hannah Kate Clothing Co.
designer
entrepreneur
William Carroll, MD
Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Otolaryngology, UAB
doctor
photographer
otolaryngologist
Lucy Farmer
Founder, Lucy’s Inspired, Social for Locals
entrepreneur
jewelry designer
social media consultant
Steven Garber, PhD
Professor of Marketplace Theology and Leadership, Regent University
professor
author
mentor
Andy Gullahorn
Musician
songwriter
musician
badminton player
Richie Salem
Senior Vice President, McGriff, Seibels & Williams
treasurer
business leader

InSpero Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council shares InSpero’s vision to help Birmingham thrive through helping its creative community flourish. They advocate, endorse, support, offer insight, and invite others to work with us for the good of our city, our creative community, and our local churches.

Brian Barrett
Architect, Barrett Architecture Studio
architect
Amanda Blake
Artist
entrepeneur
artist
Jan Caradine
President, Springboard Benefits Co.
Deidre Clark
Founder, Kuumba Community Art. Using creativity and design for social change.
artist
creative
tedx speaker
Noah Despinasse
Urban Missions Director
Bill Ivey
Writer and Creator of Napkinisms
writer
strategist
TEDx speaker
Steve Lorenz
Co-founder & Director, MDI, Inc.
founder
mentor
coach
Bruce Nix
Owner, Under Cover Entertainment
videographer
writer
producer
entrepreneur
Gary Purdy
Pastor and Church Planter of City Church Midtown
pastor
Chris Reebals
Owner, Christiopher Architecture
architect
entrepreneur
Marti Scudder
Co-founder & Director, MDI, Inc.
founder
mentor
coach
Peter Wolnski
Director of Development, Dominion Partners
Manuel Zarate, PhD
Cultural Thinker, Speaker
speaker
Christian thinker
organizational coach