The Vision and Mission of SSOL
Sacred Space Online Learning (or SSOL) is an online learning center dedicated to providing a wide range of spiritual, religious, and faith-based resources in the form of online classes, live webinars, on-demand webinars or lectures, online book studies, and virtual retreats.
Conceived by the Office of Formation and Leadership Development (OFLD) of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), Sacred Space Online Learning is a welcoming place for anyone who is seeking to learn, teach, ponder, consider, create, and wonder. The materials found within SSOL come from a variety of spiritual, religious and faith-based organizations. Many of these online offerings are open to a wide range of participants and each of them offers a unique perspective on various topics..
If this is your first time visiting SSOL we invite you to begin by exploring the SSOL Online Courses Catalog. It is our hope and prayer that you’ll soon discover online offerings that will help you to illuminate your SOUL with SSOL!
Rev. Duane Romberger, SSOL Coordinator | Email Duane
Duane has a background in business, marketing, ministry, and education and he is a minister within the United Church of Christ. Duane is, himself, an avid learner and he is passionate about promoting educational and learning opportunities online. Duane holds a MDIV from Lancaster Theological Seminary and a MA in Theological Research from Andover Newtown Theological School.
Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West, OFLD Director | Email Mona
Mona received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in 1987 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. She has taught biblical studies at several colleges and universities throughout the south. Originally ordained in the Southern Baptist denomination in 1987, Rev. West transferred her ordination credentials to Metropolitan Community Church in 1992. She served as the Academic Dean for Samaritan Institute, the school that trained clergy for MCC, from 1993-1997. She has been involved in pastoral ministry since 1997, serving as co-pastor of the 3000 member Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, as well as staff clergy for Midway Hills Christian Church in Dallas and more recently as the Senior Pastor of Church of the Trinity MCC in Sarasota, FL. Currently she is the Director of Formation and Leadership Development for Metropolitan Community Churches. She writes and speaks about spirituality and Queer Biblical Studies and has edited two books: Take Back the Word: A Queer Reading of the Bible, published by Pilgrim Press, and The Queer Bible Commentary, published by SCM Press. Mona lives in Austin, TX with her life partner, Deb Elder, and their pet family. Mona believes providing educational opportunities online helps to make the world a global classroom and it allows us to connect across the world in new and exciting ways.