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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 how joyful I was that the United Church was at last accepting of...

My Sunday School teacher or YUCh as we called it (Youth of United Church) was the first adult I told...

How long, God! Will we have pain!

How long will you endure these people!

They treated us like a bad vi...

I was around in 1988 but not really present. How did, and how does, this affect me, as a straight wh...

As an ally, to hear the stories, stories that touch me, beyond the ‘head’, in my heart… I am moved t...

God help us to be slow to chide and swift to bless

To help us confess

Our foolishness.

God forgive us a...

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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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