collabyrinth consultant melvin bray led the Finding Our Way Home annual gathering for religious workers of color for the Unitarian Universalist Association. to open the week’s work in downtown Albuquerque, NM, melvin took participants outside to participate in an invocation to honor the indigenous inhabitants of that land.
In addition, melvin invited a subset of the participants to offer a dramatic reading of the famous clearing passage from toni morrison’s Beloved, “In this place we flesh….”
afterward, participants broke into song. it was a moment of deep reverence and beauty that set the stage for critical healing and fortification work over the next few days.