By AT New Team, Jan. 23, 2015:   Artists and Adventists interested in the arts are gathering this weekend at the University Church in La Sierra, California, for InSpire 2015. “Faith of an Artist” is the topic at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow (Jan. 24). Pastor Chris Oberg will preach twice, during both the 9:30 a.m. and 12 noon worship services and her topic will be “The Soul-Filled Body.”

Artists with pieces they would like to share will be given opportunity to display their work during the weekend. At 2 p.m. tomorrow there will be a time to view and discuss paintings, drawings and sculpture; followed by a film workshop at 3 p.m. An open mic discussion period is scheduled at 4:30 p.m.

The winners of a songwriting contest will be announced during the weekend. Adventist Today has reported on this contest earlier in the year. A total of 109 songs were submitted and the judges have been reviewing them. The 2014 writing awards will also be given recognition.

The theme for the event is “Peace Makers: Creativity Through the Lens of Peace.” InSpire was launched last year as an annual event by the Pacific Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. The goal is to encourage artistic expression of the Adventist message and mission.

The weekend begins this evening at 8 with a praise service led by Donavan Childs. A Sabbath luncheon will be provided for all who attend. Additional information is available at this Web address: