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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 only have 2 close friends that frequently attend a church other than my own. Because of this, we d...

Who do you think you are

When you think you can judge people by appearances? 

What do we mean when we...

Dear LGBTQ People, 

I’m so sorry for the way we in the church as allies have such a hard time giving...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans Christian people…

Richard was a good friend, kind man and harm...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans Christian people… 

That we don’t — and won’t — always get it r...

I wonder how I can meet the responsibility to understand and accept my core. I think it’s a matter o...

Elsbeth, I heard your story and you are surprised even today the church is not as welcoming to LGBT...

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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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