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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 that there were only three of us on the sub-committee of the Chur...

Dear United Church, 

As a person who identifies as part of the LGBT community, I want you to know how...

Dear LGBTQ people,

I’m so sorry for the way we in the church have

not listened

not heard

not understood

...

I was there in 1988 and I remember…

the congregational meeting

and

my shock

that my dear congregation

cou...

I do not understand. 

I am willing to learn. 

Some things just are — no explanation needed. 

We are all...

I was there in 1988 and I remember that the “homosesxual issue” divided our church. I was largely ig...

How to accept… difference

How do we grow love, challenge with love…

How to stand with…

How to be an all...

Arlene, 

I read your story and I wanted to tell you that a cloud of sadness surrounded my being. Alth...

Canada has had the political will to support, for instance, gay marriage, since 2005, despite the la...

Dear United Church, 

I want you to know that you were my dream church. I remember in 1998 I was a hig...

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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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