Raksha Bandhan

Pratima Dharm was born and raised in Northern India in the 1970s. Her maternal grandfather is a recognized freedom fighter who walked alongside Mahatma Gandhi to struggle peacefully against British rule in Colonial India. Her father gave up his rights to his ancestral land to free hundreds of bonded laborers and indentured servants in the 1940s. The formative examples of justice for the oppressed set by her maternal grandfather and her father became the framework for her own spiritual journey.

She started a school for poor children at age nine, under the guidance of her school teacher, a Catholic nun. She also organized several humanitarian aid missions for the displaced tribals and Latur earthquake victims in India in the 1990s. She migrated to the United States in 2000 and felt called into ministry in 2003. She graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2005 with a Master’s in Theology and was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister in 2016. She retired from the US Army in March 2015.