Rev. Dr. Luccia Jalila Malika Rogers is a life-long seeker whose journey led her to become a scholar, educator, interfaith minister, and anamchara (soul friend)/spiritual guide. As part of her calling to serve, she created thePractical Mysticism and Interfaith Ordination Preparation programs to prepare those who are called to serve and to serve those who wish to deepen their learning. She was also a co-founder of Earth Spirit Community, an interfaith spiritual community.
Decades before Indigo children were recognized, Luccia Rogers saw human auras, empathically connected with all around her, and had several experiences of, “Union with the Divine,” what the Sufis call, “Fana fi Allah.” Her challenging childhood compelled her to both look within to understand and conduct extensive studies of the world’s religions and spiritual traditions as there was little support for her mystical journey.
Dr. Rogers was blessed to earn a Master’s degree in Culture and Creation Spirituality from Holy Names University in Oakland, and a Doctoral degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Her education included global gender and sex roles and identities, comparative religions, global mystical traditions, spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, dreamwork, and academic support for the concept that all learning is unified and interconnected.
She was ordained an interfaith minister in the Sufi tradition of the Universal Worship and her ministry includes spiritual direction, pastoral counseling, and life-event celebrant and ritualist. She also practices an innate energy healing technique revealed to her three decades ago. She is happy to be able to offer Sufi SoulWork as part of her ministry and service to humanity.
Her spiritual path has included both Protestant and Catholic Christianity, earth-centered traditions such as wicca, and, for almost three decades, participation in the Universal Sufism brought to the West by Inayat Khan and expanded upon with the founding of the American school of Sufism known as the Sufi Ruhaniat by Sufi Ahmed Murad Chishti, aka, Samuel Lewis.
An educator with a broad range of expertise, she has taught courses in Psychology, Comparative Religions, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Social Psychology, Mythology, and Storytelling and Oral Tradition, and Science Fiction as Literature at a number of colleges. She has presented at academic conferences and churches and community organizations on topics including Third-Gender Spiritual Functionaries, Gender 101, Cultural Migrations of Shamanic Traditions. Her 2008 dissertation was the first publication of findings that transgender people know their gender identity as children between the ages of 3-7.
Dr. Rogers is also an experienced human sexuality educator whose volunteer work with San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI) included co-creation of their, “Train the Trainers,” curriculum.
Rev. Dr. Rogers currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Southwest Sufi Community near Sliver City, New Mexico. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Soulwork Foundation. She lives with her spouse, Hakima, in Silver City, New Mexico where they host a weekly Sufi study group and coordinate a monthly Service of Universal Peace.
She is a published poet, freelance author and editor, avid cook, musician, and grateful retired person who also shares her home with two cats.