It is an exciting time in the life of SACReD! I am delighted to announce that Latishia James, MDiv, is the new Co-Director for Organizational Development!
Latishia James, MDiv (she/they) affectionately known as Rev. Pleasure is a Black queer femme, womanist, writer, facilitator of healing spaces for BIPOC women, femmes, and LGBTQIA folks, and sacral spirituality coach.
A Master of Divinity and Certificate of Sexuality & Religion graduate from Paciflc School of Religion she lives – and works – at the intersection of pleasure activism, sacral sanctity, spirituality, reproductive and healing justice.
Latishia also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University in Human Services, which is where they flrst understood that they could be a healing practitioner beyond a medical professional and began advocating for the wholeness of women and girls of color. Their startup spirit and ministry of presence reaches beyond the physical walls of “the church.” Her service as a rape crisis counselor, LGBTQ activist, hospital and abortion-clinic chaplain, and facilitator blossomed into Empathic Solutions, LLC. Their consulting and spiritual coaching practice for people harmed by religious rhetoric and patriarchal power-based violence.
Latishia is dedicated to the wholeness of Black folks, and that is at the forefront of everything she does including her care of herself. They are committed to experiencing the fullness of joy and goodness of their body for their own benefit, outside of systems of oppression, in this lifetime and wants the same for their beloveds.
The Interim Steering Committee and I are ecstatic that Latishia will be joining our staff. Their experience at the interesection of faith and reproductive justice will strengthen our movement at this crucial time. As Co-Directors, Latishia and I will share the duties of executive leadership for SACReD. Latishia’s work with SACReD will begin in mid-February after she completes a sabbatical.
Join me in welcoming Latishia by sending her a note of welcome that she can read in her first days on the team!
Rev. Angela Tyler-Williams (She/Her)
Co-Director for Movement Building