IRIDESCE DISPLAY & LOUNGE
Saturday and Sunday, July 21‒22, 2018.
Engage with Iridesce: The Living Apology Project at the United Church of Canada's festival of faith entitled "Risking Faith, Daring Hope". A celebration of our work and witness through the arts! Visit our display and lounge space to engage with the project, stay for conversation. All are welcome and invited to spend time with us.
Saturday, July 21st from 12:00-1:30pm, in room SW214: Workshop presented by Iridesce: The Living Apology Project.
Description: The Iridesce workshop is about remembering and sharing our experiences around the 1988 vote, and responding in community as we live, welcome and struggle with that vote up to today.
In 2015, General Council approved a motion to partner with Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble to create a Living Apology project inviting the church “into a journey of dialogue and reconciliation with LGBTQ2+ persons, that would involve: creative opportunities for conversation, worship and education; to explore concepts such as lament, reconciliation and justice, to be reported and celebrated at the 43rd General Council (2018) in acknowledgement of the 30th Anniversary of the 1988 decision” (GC42 Record of Proceedings, page 193).
Iridesce: The Living Apology Project was launched in September 2017 to gather personal stories of being: trans, bisexual, 2-Spirit, lesbian, gay, queer (or another gender or sexual identity/expression) within our church past or present; and, allies, friends, family members, ministers and community members to LGBTQ2+ persons within the United Church.
While the project has really only just begun, we are hearing some clear messages. The church we are becoming brings with it brokenness and wounds that linger from 1988, with accompanying grief and anger. LGBTQ2+ people, their family and allies in the United Church, are still afraid to share their stories, afraid to come out, afraid of judgment and rejection.
The church needs to wrestle with issues and questions such as: What is the legacy of 1988 in terms of our communal life? How do we hold the tension of allowing individual churches to choose to become affirming or not? How do we live peacefully and graciously while in conflict, especially when people’s very lives are at stake? This workshop invites participants into these conversations.
For more information, please visit http://www.united-church.ca/events/43rd-general-council
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