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Michelle Brown with Worship Associate Susan Layng – “Drive to work all day, try to sleep at night / Beneficiary of a genocide.” These lyrics, from “Beneficiary,” by Wintersleep, can be uncomfortable to grapple with. This was the kind of grappling done during the sustained dialogues on “Reconciliation and Relationship” we hosted for Victoria Unitarian Universalists and guests in the spring of 2019.

This service will include elements of reflection and response to this song, and on our personal and collective paths of reconciliation. Michelle’s homily will address her experience co-facilitating these sustained dialogues, both at the church and at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria.

Michelle Brown is a Cree Métis poet, performer, and homilist. She is a member of the Advisory Council at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (UVic) and a retired treaty negotiator.

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