OUR STORIES

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 not a part of the United Church in 1988. In the early 1980’s I had only just become aware of t...

In 1982 or 1983, I was in church in Newfoundland as the minister was telling us about the United Chu...

High School

Confusion

First Love

Lesbianism

Family

Church

The Bible says

AIDS!!!!

retreat

trauma

depression

Edu...

I am a queer womxn who loves a trans non-binary person. My faith has been both strengthened and chal...

There was a time, before 1970, when God and I were just buds… I was a teen in 1975-ish, when my mom...

Dear United Church, 

The things I want you to apologize for are not having insightful conversations w...

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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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