SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT TOUR
2022 UNOPENED GIFTS TOUR:
The Call to Live into Your Calling
Book me to serve your faith community by providing a compelling sermon to your congregation. You can also choose to include enriching learning experiences targeted to staff, lay leaders, and those seeking adult faith engagement that align with the sermon theme. For 2022 I will be touring with my award-winning sermon, Unopened Gifts Tour: The Call to Live into Your Calling.
Are you already planning for 2023? Great! Booking is open for my "Change As A Spiritual Practice: The Transformation of our Principles" tour.
You can choose up to all four of the offerings while hosting the tour. As with all offerings, they are available in-person or virtual.
In person offerings include a transportation fee and a separate daily ‘in town’ fee.
Full Worship Service
Adult Faith Engagement (AFE)
Staff Development Training
Lay Leadership Development Training
2022 Unopened Gifts Tour Offerings
WHAT A SAMPLE TOUR SCHEDULE MIGHT LOOK LIKE:
Sunday morning Worship Service
Sunday afternoon Adult Faith Engagement Class
Monday morning Staff Development Training
Monday evening Lay Leadership Development Training
"What a beautiful reflection on how joy and grief and love intertwine. Thank you, Ebony."
IN-PERSON PRICE BREAKDOWN
Daily Lodging + Meals Fee
Daily In-Town Fee
Full Tour (Price Shown Includes In-Person Saturday, Sunday, + Monday)
The ”in town” fee only applies when night lodging & meals are necessitated due to travel distance and/or flights. The transportation fee for in person offerings activates when a travel distance is greater than 15 miles from White Oak, Maryland. The transportation fee is 58.5 cents per mile.
For example, if no night lodging is required, an in-person offering 31 miles away would have a transportation fee of 58.5 cents per mile for a total of $18.14. An in-person offering 15 miles or less would not have a transportation fee.
SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT RESIDENCY
SUNSTONE CHAPEL IN RESIDENCE
Hire Sunstone Chapel to serve your community for a month at a time.
At Sunstone Chapel, my theme is always Beloved Community. I have a network of distinguished liberal faith leaders I collaborate with to ensure your pulpit and community enrichment is covered during the residency. Sunstone Chapel in Residence brings diverse, new voices not just to your pulpit - but to other areas of your congregation for a deeper and longer-lasting impact.
A Sunstone Chapel in Residency is a powerful spiritual enrichment opportunity for your community. Sunstone Chapel in Residence can cover every single Sunday worship service a month, including long months with 5 Sundays, freeing your leadership to confidently focus on other pressing matters.
In person offerings include a transportation fee and a separate daily ‘in town’ fee.
BENEFITS OF SUNSTONE CHAPEL IN RESIDENCY
The absence of a minister or other worship leader is a great opportunity for the presence of spiritual leadership from a diverse perspective. Let your faith community be immersed in worship services and congregational activities that help exercise their spiritual muscle in what it means to be welcoming, inclusive, and multicentric.
Celebrating + Uplifting BIPOC:
This type of immersion can also be heartfelt for the marginalized groups within your congregation. Your BIPOC members will have the opportunity to experience their faith community decenter whiteness and the status quo to embody multicentric spirituality during the residency. Racism, lack of belonging, and responding to inequities and other oppressions takes a toll on the health and well-being of those impacted. Black and brown people are disproportionately impacted. Bringing Sunstone Chapel in Residence to your faith community can help alleviate some of the fatigue and demonstrate your support of Beloved Community.
Sunstone Chapel in Residence does not “take over the steering wheel” in absence of your minister or community leader. We let the steering wheel go, get out of the car, and invite your community to walk with us into a deeply felt spiritual journey.
Administration Task Completion:
I will also work with your Sabbatical Committee to ensure coverage of key tasks. It’s my goal to facilitate smooth transitions at the beginning and end of the residency period. Before starting, I will coordinate with your worship associate team and other committees at your request.
Will your faith community need pastoral care services during our time together? If you don’t already have a pastoral care point person in your back pocket, as an add-on service based on your needs, I can assign one of the distinguished leaders in my network to your congregation as a spiritual caregiver during the residency. The spiritual caregiver provides on-call emotional and spiritual support during their sacred ministry of presence. At your convenience, this person will also be available for rites of passage and other transitions as needed.
Interim Board Leadership:
Will your congregation need spiritual leadership and administrative insight and guidance during monthly board and other key meetings? Are you looking for someone to supervise the staff? This can also be provided based on your unique needs and resources.
Though my colleagues and I are happy to travel, Sunstone Chapel in Residence is a better fit for communities who are comfortable with or prefer virtual residency, otherwise it may be cost prohibitive if significant travel is required.
VIRTUAL PRICE BREAKDOWN
(FOR 4 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS)
3 Worship Services
2 Ninety Minute Adult Faith Engagement Classes
4 Sixty Minute Staff Development Training Classes
4 Ninety Minute Lay Leadership Development Trainings
If this were in person, it would be $3,315 (4 weeks of residency) + travel fee which includes a transportation fee of at least $500 for each flight, $275 per night lodging & meals (Sat, Sun, & Mon night), and a separate daily ‘in town’ fee o f $375 (x3) = 2,450 per three days on top of the investment for the residency. The "in town” fee only applies when night lodging & meals are necessitated due to travel distance and/or flights.
You have the flexibility to fly me in up to once a week with the travel fee of $2,450 per week during the 4 weeks residency or the residency can be 100% virtual or hybrid.
LIBERAL FAITH-BASED FACILITATION
ALL LIBERAL, PROGRESSIVE FAITH CONGREGATIONS
Interested in bringing liberal faith Adult Programs to your congregation?
I facilitate my own signature classes, primarily within my two specialty areas of (1) Holistic Sexuality Education and (2) Faith-grounded Leadership. I am trained as both an Adult Our Whole Lives (OWL) and SACReD Curriculum on Reproductive Dignity facilitator.
For years I've been grateful for the many opportunities to develop, facilitate and teach in various spaces such as UU congregations, the UUA’s General Assembly, institutions of higher education, professional conferences, and the federal government.
Would you like to attend a signature class? Awesome! Join me and like-minded others at our monthly Dinner Chapel.
Pre-Purchased Curriculum Facilitator
If you have purchased or developed a curriculum for your community and need a skilled liberal faith leader to facilitate the offering to your group, please be in touch with me. I am happy to learn more about how I may be able to help.
Let’s discuss your outcome goals and your preferred time frames. Course length can be customized to fit your needs and resources.
As with all offerings, they are available in-person or virtual.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST SPECIFIC TEACHINGS
Are you a Unitarian Universalist community? I am happy to facilitate any of the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith Programs for Adults. If you’re new to Tapestry of Faith or unsure where to start, check out this curriculum scope and sequence.
Please note that the UUA recommends a team of two or more adults to facilitate most Adult Programs. Some programs also require special facilitation skills such as experience as a congregational leader, being a religious professional, minister, or having a background in counseling. Some programs also suggest three or more facilitators depending on how many folks are participating.
For the UUA curriculum, it's in your best interest to have co-facilitators for your program as per the UUA recommendations. If you wish to follow the UUA recommendations, I am happy to co-facilitate with a member of your community or bring in my own qualified co-facilitator from my network of expert liberal faith leaders.
The Tapestry of Faith programs are copyrighted material owned by the Unitarian Universalist Association for use in Unitarian Universalist congregations.
VIRTUAL PRICE BREAKDOWN
Half Day Workshop (4 hours)
Full Day Workshop (6.5 hours)
Hourly Training/Class Rate for Curriculum created by others
Sunstone Chapel Adult Faith Engagement (AFE) Classes
Specialty Theme Talk (per 20 minutes)
In person offerings include a transportation fee of at least $500 (flights), $275 per night lodging & meals, and a separate daily ‘in town’ fee of $375. The "in town” fee only applies when night lodging & meals are necessitated due to travel distance and/or flights.
The transportation fee for in person offerings activates when a travel distance is greater than 15 miles from White Oak, Maryland. The transportation fee is 58.5 cents per mile. For example, if no night lodging is required, an in-person offering 31 miles away would have a transportation fee of 58.5 cents per mile for a total of $18.14. An in-person offering 15 miles or less would not have a transportation fee.
"Your contributions, including your Kwanzaa collaboration with Black Souls, were greatly appreciated. Your sermons, especially the one you gave on Mother’s Day, were awesome. I will listen to them again and share them. I hope your time with us was as much of a blessing to you as it was to us, and look forward to seeing your light shine brighter in more places. We will miss you Many Thanks."
JOHN A. WHITE
Black Men’s Group, All Souls Unitarian
MONTHLY VIRTUAL DINNER CHAPEL
Join me and like-hearted others for a virtual monthly gathering over a meal.
We come together for spiritual nourishment, reflection, and mutual support to sustain us as we labor forward towards a more just and peaceful world.
Bring your authentic self and your dinner or favorite beverage to your computer or mobile device. We will take in thought provoking UU specific topics intertwined with a brief spiritual message, and group discussions in a supportive atmosphere as we hold space for spiritual awakening. This includes time to reflect on our joys, struggles, and aspirations into what we are called to do and be.
Currently, Dinner Chapel topics center on two rotating monthly spiritual practice areas of “Holistic Sexuality Education” and “Faith-grounded Leadership”.
Holistic Sexuality Education: Through my Clear Authentic Truth (CAT) series for BIPOC Women, participants deepen their understanding of sexuality from a progressive, faith-based perspective. CAT is about reflecting on our journey towards clear, authentic, meaning-making around our truths about sexuality from a socio-spiritual perspective.
CAT helps adult BIPOC women make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior while centering love, justice, and self-knowledge in their lives. CAT is adapted from the Our Whole Lives (OWL) Curriculum to be exclusively virtual with culturally relevant adjustments to deliberately support BIPOC women. This series is explicitly for women identifying as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Trans women who identify as women, are women. Each session stands alone and you are invited to attend as many or as few as you like.
Faith-grounded Leadership: The Leadership for Liberation (LFL) series is adult spiritual deepening through the exploration and reflection on anti-oppression, liberation, and the sacred through the lens of servant leadership. We need leaders at all levels, job titles, roles, and backgrounds.
LFL is a great fit for lay leaders who want to not just be a “worker bee” in charge of special projects, but who want to move beyond tasks to develop their leadership skills and support the growth of other leaders in their communities.
LFL is also ideal for staff members in UU faith communities who may not identify as a UU but are still expected to perform their job duties in accordance with the Unitarian Universalist values and mission. LFL not only offers a spiritually grounded engagement with leadership development, but it increases participants knowledge about UU theology, values, and relational expectations inherent to collaborative, sacred work around justice, love, and day-to-day accountability in a progressive faith-based work environment.
Leadership for Liberation is a multi-centric, inclusive exploration of intersectionality, social action, and servant leadership.
Through reflecting on various topics such as land acknowledgement, Kwanza, courageous conversations, allyship, cultivating inclusiveness, and more we embrace leadership as a spiritual practice. We ‘mastermind’ with each other and create concrete steps, ideas, or action plans to intentionally apply our learning to our retrospective roles. This series is designed for UU lay leaders and staff members of UU communities. Other progressive faith leaders are welcome.
Though Dinner Chapel is free, all are welcome to offer a financial gift if you're so moved. Dinner Chapel is supported by both your financial gifts and your referrals. Referrals are appreciated! Please refer Sunstone Chapel to your faith community as a resource for adult spiritual engagement classes, guest in your pulpit, or lay leadership development. If you know someone who would benefit from attending Dinner Chapel, please invite them by offering a link to this webpage. Please share Dinner Chapel in your faith community newsletter as a resource. Don’t keep Dinner Chapel a secret!