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

"Unless the Lord" by Gina Hurry, reflecting on Psalm 127 as part of project for Corner Room Music

"Unless the Lord" by Gina Hurry, reflecting on Psalm 127 as part of project for Corner Room Music

You’ll be known as those who can fix anything,

restore old ruins,

rebuild and renovate,

make the community livable again.

Isaiah 58:12 The Message


"Stepping Together for The City Beautiful" 

Our Shared Dreams for Birmingham
October 18-20, 2016

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." 

The Power of Two:  Steve Garber and Andi Ashworth Speak on Why You, Your Voice, and Your Vocation Matter in Our City

InSpero features two of our board members who are nationally known voices on the integration of faith, vocation, and the arts for the flourishing of our city October 18-20. They are Dr. Steven Garber, author of Visions of Vocation and founder and principal of the Washington Institute of Faith, Vocation and Culture and Andi Ashworth, co-founder and executive director emeritus of Art House America and author of Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring

In his book, Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, Steve Garber asks, "Can you know the world and still love it?" He challenges us that as we see and know the world around us, we are implicated. What part do we play in this world that is not as it should be?  He invites us to a broad view of vocation which incorporates the whole of our lives with our relationships and responsibliites over a lifetime. 

Andi Ashworth and her husband, Charlie Peacock, have spent their lives loving and caring for the stream of musicians, artists, dreamers and drifters who have come to their home (a renovated church in Nashville) which became the first of the Art House America locations. In her book, Real Love for Real Life, she asks herself (and all who have been sucked into too-busy lives) the good and hard questions of "What kind of life do we want, and what choices can we make to move toward it? Has our busyness become so intense that we are no longer able to care for people out of love and freedom?" She speaks to the reality that hospitality and caregiving needs space and margin to love well without losing ourselves. 

Steve and Andi, good friends, weave their voices and visions together to speak to the artists, dreamers, leaders, restorers, curious, weary, the ones questioning their "career" choice, the ones needing hope, the ones who see Birmingham, love it, and want to know if they can have a part in making it The City Beautiful. 

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 Tuesday, October 18

"Havens of Grace: Hospitality in a Busy World" Andi Ashworth

2712 Alta View Drive, Vestavia Hills, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

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Andi will speak on the joys and realities of living a life of hospitality. Lunch begins at 11:30. Program begins at 11:50. Catered by Ashley Mac's.  Ashley MacMakin will also share on generations of hospitality which have resulted in the Ashley Mac's restaurants in the Birmingham area.  Andi's book will be available for purchase. Link here for tickets.


"The City Beautiful/The Church Beautiful" Pastor—Artist Dinner

6:30 p.m. 

By Invitation only


Steve and Andi will join with five local pastors from different denominations and five artists (ranging from a film maker to architect to musician) in a facilitated conversation of dreaming together on how beauty can bring healing and hope to our city and our churches.



Wednesday, October 19

"The City Beautiful" Lunch with Steve Garber and Andi Ashworth

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Lunch served at 11:30, Program begins at 11:50 a.m.)

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Steve and Andi will speak on how cities around the country are being "flourished" by the shared vision and work of visionaries, leaders, artists, and those committed to the common good. This event is for all who love our city and want to know their "place" in it. It will be held at The Nest in Avondale with catering by Post Office Pies.  Limited seating. Link here for tickets. 


InSpero Family/Friend Feast

5:30 -8:30 p.m. The Salem Farm

By invitation only

Board and Advisory Council members and friends and supporters of InSpero will gather at the beautiful farm home of Richie and Melissa Salem for an Italian feast by Chef Benard Tamburello of Vecchia. Steve and Andi will speak around the campfire after dinner. 

Thursday, October 20

Stepping Together for the City Beautiful

16th Street Baptist Church

6:45- 8 a.m.

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InSpero is honored to gather at 16th Street Baptist Church for a citywide catered prayer breakfast on Thursday, October 20 from 6:45 a.m - 8 a.m. Program will begin at 7 a.m. and Steve Garber will begin speaking at 7:10 a.m. This event is supported by 16th Street Baptist, Covenant Presbyterian, Mountain Brook Community, and Oak Mountain Presbyterian churches. Link here for tickets

Please go to our website calendar for list of all our upcoming events. 

Join InSpero in Bringing Beauty, Hope, and Healing to Our City

InSpero's financial and volunteer needs grow as we reach more of Birmingham's creative community to bring beauty, hope, and healing to our city and churches. Please go to our website to make a donation and contact Rachel Hunt at to find your place at InSpero to invest your time, talents, and passions.