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29 years ago, The United Church of Canada did something historic when it voted not to exclude gay and lesbian people from eligibility for ministry and membership. This vote was celebrated by many and brought communities together. At the same time, this vote proved deeply divisive for some communities. Iridesce is asking people to reflect on this time and this decision throughout our history. 

 

Collected here are reflections, stories and community art that reflects our time of personal and community remembering, acknowledging, lament and sharing around topics of LGBTQ2+ experience in The United Church of Canada, from the time of our 1988 vote, through 'the issue years', up until today. You are welcome and invited to share about your experiences too.

I was there in 1988 and I remember it as a very challenging and divisive time in our church. The chu...

I wasn’t there when it happened

I never knew that it was a “thing” 

No one told me about the “Issue”

I...

…in coming to Grosvenor Park United Church (GPUC) and the ministry team* here. […] Things were relat...

I wish there had been, or rather that the General Counsel had included, training sessions on how to...

To be honest, I’m not sure I have first hand stories of negative experiences during the 1988/89 peri...

Where were you  in 1988 and what part did you have in your church? (choir member, elder, member of t...

Editor’s note: The following text was written in 2012.

25 Years, Where are we now?

Last week a colleag...

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add your voice to the conversation. 

QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU REFLECT

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE

To contribute your perspective or experience: write, make a video, create draw, paint, collage, collect artifacts… it’s up to you.

Email your contribution to livingapology@gmail.com along with a signed consent form. Download the form: PDF or .docx

Stories can be as anonymous (or not) as you prefer, and will never be shared without your clear consent.

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