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 cultivates Birmingham's creative community so our city can reach its fullest potential.

For Artists

“Being an artist can be a lonely occupation. InSpero is an empowering tool. It’s a place to come be encouraged and inspired.”

Adam Wright, Founder, Act of Congress

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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

“InSpero’s artful ways of practicing hospitality and community are so needed, and I can only hope others will catch the vision they embody so winsomely.”

Allen Levi, Singer-songwriter

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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

“Artists are prophets who remind us of beauty, truth, and goodness in a broken world. When I hear those words, I think of InSpero's impact on Birmingham. Our artists remind us all that beauty matters."

Melissa Loudon

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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 communicates the importance of the arts by encouraging local artists, facilitating conversations between pastors and artists, and bringing in speakers to help our community grapple with how we can reclaim beauty and the arts for the church.”

Gisela Kreglinger, PhD, Author and Theologian

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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 offers a natural bridge for churches to reach out to artists in authentic mutual relationships where we seek the good of our city together.”

Joel Brooks, Pastor, Redeemer Community Church

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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

“InSpero’s thoughtfully planned and well-executed events always leave me thirsty for more. I’m reminded that my story matters and to persevere in my vocation as an artist and employer of artists. My heart is full and enlarged for the greater good of my city."

Susan Gordon, Founder, Susan Gordon Pottery

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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

Senior Fellow for the Vocation and the Common Good, The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Step into the story.

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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November 10, 2020

Why Beauty Matters to Me

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Melissa Loudon reflects on why "Hamilton" made her realize why beauty matters so much. . . . especially now.

July 17, 2020

The Power of Women: Gina Hurry

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Gina Hurry and InSpero were featured in the July edition of Birmingham's B Metro magazine.

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.

April 15, 2020

Update and Resources for Artists During These Times

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Recent events before Covid. Resources for artists during COVID-19.

February 6, 2020

February 2020

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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.

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

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.

May 19, 2019

It's Time for Some More Magic!

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Preview of Magic City Storytellers 2019

February 26, 2019

Be Our Guest at InSpiring Events this Spring

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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.

January 15, 2019

Seeking Ways to Sustain the Sustainers

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Vision Retreat Highlights

December 7, 2018

David Wilcox Tickets Now Live!

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Preview of David Wilcox, highlights of Advent retreat

October 10, 2018

Seeking the "Shalom" of the City

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InSpero packed its fifth birthday celebration on September 14.

August 7, 2018

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

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Gina attended a ]ymposium given by artist Mako Fujimura and InSpero board member Dr. Steven Garber in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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 

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.

March 16, 2018

What Makes You Weep?

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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." 

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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Fall 2017 Highlights

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.

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.

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.

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.” Lent retreat and Thy Love Inspires

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 at Creation Waits

November 13, 2016

An Invitation to Taste Joy

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Dr. Gisela Kreglinger, a German theologian raised on a vineyard invites us to come to our senses.

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.

October 11, 2016

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

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Come experience the City Beautiful / Church Beautiful events with Steve Garber and Andi Ashworth

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.

September 12, 2016

The "Flourishing" of Birmingham

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Inviting you to the Art of Community

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.

August 16, 2016

InSpero People: Connie Skellie

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We met Connie through InSpero's Thy Love Inspires events.

August 1, 2016

InSpero People: Adam Wright

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Adam is excellent at what he does...

July 15, 2016

InSpero People: Charity Ponter

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Charity Ponter has been connected to InSpero for about three years.

July 9, 2016

Being Astonished by Beauty in Birmingham

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This April, InSpero hosted a Pastor/Artist Dinner at Feast & Forest. Preview of other events

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.

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.

April 8, 2016

Leaning In and Making Space

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A small gathering of musicians, potters, painters, writers, and other artists met with Sandra McCracken

February 23, 2016

Thy Love Inspires March 6

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Highlights of upcoming events

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—" Shauna Niequest, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter

January 19, 2016

Embracing Mystery

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Everyone loves a good mystery. Words from Marjean Brooks

January 19, 2016

The Link Between Beauty and Hope

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Creation Waits highlights

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

October 19, 2015

Steel City Makers 5 Man Show Friday Oct 23

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Birmingham was birthed out of steel. Come to see 5 artists

September 22, 2015

Flying Broken

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I'm speaking on "Does Beauty Matter?" at Q Commons Thursday, September 24

September 10, 2015

For Love's Sake

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"For a good life, knowing must become doing..." 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."

February 24, 2015

A Sense of Place: The Southern Landscape

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InSpero believes when creative community flourishes, the city will flourish.

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.

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.

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..."

December 20, 2014

Artists Pondering Advent II

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Isaiah 9

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.

November 25, 2014

Slow Down This Season

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Advent is the waiting for 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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InSpero will introduce you to each of our amazing Board of Advisors. 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.

June 9, 2014

They Shall Know

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My friends have a luscious confederate jasmine framing their front door.

May 21, 2014

A Pentecost Conversation (by faith- part 2)

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I find humor in a lot of things...

May 16, 2014

An Invitation to a Pentecost Conversation (part 1)

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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.

April 19, 2014

Darkness and Death Dies

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Easter! April 20

April 18, 2014

For the Lord God Will Be Their Light

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Lent Day 40, Saturday, April 19

April 17, 2014

A Day When There Will Be No More Darkness

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Lent Day 39, Good Friday, April 18

April 16, 2014

Do You Know What You're Looking for?

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Lent Day 38, Thursday, April 17

April 15, 2014

Walking Light and Clean

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Lent Day 37, Wednesday, April 16

April 14, 2014

Called into Light to Proclaim Him!

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Lent Day 36, Tuesday, April 15

April 13, 2014

Wake Up! You are a Child of Light

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Lent Day 35, Monday, April 14

April 11, 2014

Delivered from the Domain of Darkness

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Lent Day 34, Saturday, April 12

April 10, 2014

Dance in the Light

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Lent Day 33, Friday, April 11

April 9, 2014

We are Both Jars of Clay and New Creations

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Lent Day 32, Thursday, April 10

April 8, 2014

It's Time to Wake Up and Get Dressed

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Lent Day 31, Wednesday, April 9

April 7, 2014

What's Keeping You in the Dark?

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Lent Day 30, Tuesday, April 8

April 7, 2014

A Simple Choice

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Lent Day 29, Monday, April 7

April 4, 2014

Come to the Light

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Lent Day 28, Saturday, April 5

April 4, 2014

Light Wins

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Lent Day 27, Friday, April 4

April 2, 2014

Bright Eyed

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Lent Day 26, Thursday, April 3

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

March 30, 2014

Wide-Eyed Wonder

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Lent Day 23, Monday, March 30

March 28, 2014

Light It Up

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Lent Day 22, Saturday, March 29

March 27, 2014

Turn to the Light

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Lent Day 21, Friday, March 28

March 26, 2014

Bringing You Out to the Light

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Lent Day 20, Thursday, March 27

March 25, 2014

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

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Lent Day 19, Wednesday, March 26

March 24, 2014

The Lord Will Be Your Everlasting Light

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Lent Day 18, Tuesday. March 25

March 23, 2014

You Will Be a Noonday Garden

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Lent Day 17, Monday, March 24

March 21, 2014

Changing Deserts to Gardens

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Lent Day 16, Saturday, March 22

March 20, 2014

Playing in the Dark

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Lent Day 15, Friday, March 21

March 19, 2014

He Will Give You Treasures in the Dark

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Lent, Day 14, Thursday, March 20

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

March 16, 2014

When We Get a Glimmer of His Glory

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Lent Day 11, Monday, March 17

March 14, 2014

Shining Brighter and Brighter

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Lent Day 10, Saturday, March 15

March 13, 2014

Undone by God's Wonderful Works

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Lent Day 9, Friday, March 14

March 12, 2014

Light Dawns in the Darkness

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Lent Day 8, Thursday, March 13

InSpero during Covid-19

InSpero loves to gather people together in events of beauty, hospitality, art, music, stories, food, and hope. In these times of uncertainty, our first concern is for the safety of each participant. We will resume public events when our Board and the medical authorities agree that it is safe to gather with you again.

We are also concerned for the creative community of Birmingham. Artists, musicians, chefs, entertainers, and other creatives have been some of the most impacted by the pandemic. Please consider finding ways to support Birmingham’s creative community. Click here for local and national resources to help during the Covid-19 crisis.

We have continued to host livestream events such as the Writer’s Kiln, our online community where songwriters test, mold, and refine their music. To get a little bit of beauty in your inbox and to stay in-the-know on when InSpero gatherings will return, please join the community below.

Upcoming Public Events

Summer 2021

Magic City Storytellers

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J.K. Rowling says, "There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” Make room for an evening of stories at the Clubhouse on Highland for InSpero's Sixth Annual Magic City Storytellers on Thursday, June 10, 2021, where we will feature two singer/songwriters, two poets, and two writers. Come for wine and cheese on the patio at 6pm. Performances begin at 7pm. Intermission features desserts and a coffee bar. Evening concludes at 9pm. Suggested donation of $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
Senior Fellow for the Vocation and the Common Good, The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
professor
author
mentor
Andy Glenn
Senior VIce-President, Insurance Office of America
business leader
Andy Gullahorn
Musician
songwriter
musician
badminton player
Bruce Nix
Owner, Under Cover Entertainment
videographer
writer
producer
entrepreneur

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
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