Consensus vote changes our Sangha name to Quiet Mind Sangha

We recently concluded a name change process. This included a three-week period of accepting proposed name suggestions, during which 19 suggestions were received. The Transformation Committee considered all the suggestions, all of which were very good names. We want to thank everyone who participated.

It turned out that about half were already in use by another Sangha or were very similar to existing Sangha names, so were ruled out. Finally we held a consensus vote on the name Quiet Mind Sangha, and there was consensus.

Now with all deliberate speed, as time and energy allow, we’ll change over the URL, website name, and documents to reflect this change.

The reason for the change was to avoid possible confusion. In recent years the word Rainbow has become associated with organizations exclusively for people identifying as LGBTQ+. While our sangha is completely tolerant, supportive, and inclusive of LGBTQ+ people, the sangha is meant for everyone and we have many straight members as well, so decided to change the Rainbow name.

Please note that until further notice we are holding hybrid meetings on Sundays from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Zen Center, 2300 Garfield Ave. SE. For the in-person meeting we are distancing, wearing masks, and using hand sanitizer and HEPA air filtration. If you’re interested in joining by Zoom please contact us for the Zoom logon info. We hope to see you at a meeting soon.

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