Oasis as a spiritual, not religious community was birthed through the vision of its founding faith leader, the Rev. Kwame Pitts.
Kwame 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 journey of multiple faith belonging that she finds herself immersed. She attended the Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago-focused on Black Liberation and Womanist theology, graduating in 2015 with her M.Div and ordained that same year. She also continued her academic and theological journey at the Chicago Theological Seminary with a Master of Sacred Theology, focused on Black Ancestral theology, and received her degree in Spring 2021. Her thesis for her STM degree is entitled: The oppression of syncretism.