The Rev. Kwame Pitts has found herself immersed in justice movements surrounding transformative and revolutionary change. Her name is a dedication to a collective ancestor, Kwame NKrumah, first president of Ghana. It is also a reminder to her of the responsibility and the accountability she has towards her Ancestors, which she holds in high stead, and to the call before her of pastoral ministry. She was called to Crossroads Lutheran Church in Amherst/Buffalo, New York. Rev. Pitts began her service as Pastor at Crossroads and Campus Pastor for the Western New York area for LuMin. She also serves as a Faith Clergy activist for VOICE Buffalo and has partnered with Community of Good Neighbors in Buffalo. Pastor Kwame hails from Chicago, beginning her theological and academic journey at the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago graduating in 2015 with her M.Div. and ordained that same year. She continues her academic and theological journey at the Chicago Theological Seminary with a Master of Sacred Theology focused on Ritual Indigenous practices, in ATR set to receive her degree in 2020.
The Syrophoenician woman sees herself as essential—both for herself and for her daughter. She is an uppity woman; we can assume that her daughter lived to often hear the tale, forming her as an uppity woman too.