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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.

At first I was very proud of my church. I was amazed at how ‘cool’ we were. Then I went to worship i...

Dear United Church, I am pleased that 1988 happened. It led to a lot of controversy. Glad of the apo...

Dear Ken, 

I read your story — your and John’s story — and I am overwhelmed. It was as if all the “ru...

The story made me remember what my father said about ministers who were gay even before 1988 and in...

I remember...

Theological school...

...the last semester and reading/hearing about the movements again...

I am sad that my grandchildren are being raised in a Baptist home. They are taught that homosexualit...

God where were you when we your people, your GLBTQ brothers and sisters were being persecuted becaus...

I was there in 1988 and I remember… 

…one of the strongest objectors to the issues being raised in th...

Background: This important story outlines the experiences of a minister newly ordained just before t...

I have resisted the invitation to participate in Iridesce. After 35 years of ministry and on the cus...

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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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