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inSpire 2020

We are sorry to have to cancel the inSpire gathering scheduled for April 17-19, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise. It seems like everything is being cancelled lately. We hope to be able to reschedule it for later in the year, but at this point it’s really hard to know. So we are leaving it open-ended. Stay tuned!

inSpire 2020 is coming to Phoenix, Arizona. The date is April 17-19, 2020, at the Adventist Worship Center, 15220 N 39th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85053-4503.

Things to Know — The event is free. There is no registration. Everyone is on their own for meals and lodging (except the noon meal on Sabbath). Let us know if you plan to join us for lunch. It is free, but we’d like to know.

We want to know about you. Do you write songs, poetry, or make videos? Are you a floral arranger, visual artist, calligrapher, or wood carver? The modes of expression are all over the map, and each discipline is a gift that can be used to help tell God’s story. Even if your work is not overtly religious, you can use it to bring good to life and make the world a better place.

We’re eager to connect with Adventist creatives throughout Arizona, the Pacific Union Conference, and beyond.

As with previous gatherings, Sabbath will include music, poetry, visual art, a panel discussion, a worship message that focuses on using the creative arts to promote compassion, good food, TED-talk like presentations by creatives, and an open mic (music and poetry only).

Program Content (Tentative line up)
PLEASE NOTE: The program for inSpire 2020 is still being finalized. Items listed are subject to change.

Friday, April 17

6:30 p.m. — Artwalk
7:00 p.m. — Songwriters Event/Open Mic with Ed Anderson and John Schachinger

Sabbath, April 18

9:30 a.m. — Artwalk
10:00 – Singer/Songwriter — TBA
Poetry reading — TBA
Welcome and Songs of Praise — TBA
Artist Spotlight — Interview TBA
10:30 – Panel Discussion — Innovation in Ministry

The discussion will focus on how the arts can be used to connect with a world that is hungry for love, justice and mercy. How can we use the arts to help tell God’s story in healing, compassionate ways?

11:00 — Break

Morning Worship

11:15 – Welcome and Introduction
11:20 — Songs of Praise

Acts of Mercy – Rhett Laufenburger (Homeless ministry)
A Time for Giving — TBA
Music feature — Carmen Cruz
Spoken Word (Scripture) — TBA

11:45 – Message — Milton Coronado

Afternoon Schedule

Lunch – 12:30 (Break for lunch) – Haystacks

Artwalk – Time after lunch for participants to take in the art and talk with the artists. Impromptu music and sharing.

A Time to Grow

2:30 – The afternoon session consists of four TED Talk-like presentations, each lasting 15-20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of discussion. This means things will move along quickly.

Created to Create: Presentations (More info coming soon)

Duane Calkins – Guitar Luthier
Milton Coronado – Urban Artist
Alan Lacey – Cinematography
Stephanie Wilczynski – Drama

4:30 – Break and Snacks – Open Mic

7:00 p.m. – Wildlife Documentary, Gray Area (Wolves of the Southwest), by film producer Alan Lacey

Sunday, April 19

Milton Coronado is painting a wall at Thunderbird Academy, and you can watch him paint or participate with the effort.

Special thanks to the Adventist Worship Center planning committee, Pacific Union Conference Creative Ministries, and the Arizona Conference Youth Department for organizing this event. Let us know if you want to help.

To learn more about inSpire on Facebook at facebook.com/visit.inspire, and on Instagram at: visitinspire

inSpire is an initiative of Pacific Union Conference Creative Ministries and Church Support Services. Copyright 2020.

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