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OUR NAME

 

In 1917, Mohandas Gandhi founded a multi-faith, multi-caste, multicultural Ashram on the banks of the Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad, India.  It was commonly referred to as the Satyagraha Ashram.  “Satyagraha” is a Hindi word created by Gandhi to describe his vision of the immeasurable power of non-violence used in service to human dignity.  The English translation is “soul-force.”  A small container of earth from the prayer grounds of the Satyagraha Ashram has been brought to our community, to be kept in honor of this inspiration.

OUR NAME

 

 

"Araminta" (or "Minty" for short) was the name given to Harriet Tubman at her birth.  Her mother, who she admired greatly, was named Harriet so she changed her name as an adult. Harriet Tubman lived and died in what is now upstate New York near the town of Auburn.  The Underground Railroad was very active in this area of New York as well as the abolition movement in general.  It was on a tour of Harriet Tubman's house where we learned of her childhood name.  We loved the sound of it and wanted to honor both her ferocious and compassionate mentoring as well as her "little girl" self as representative of important core values.  It can, of course, be changed by the will of the community.



"I freed a thousand slaves, I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves."    

 

                                  ~ Harriet "Araminta" Tubman

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