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.

Dear Ken, 

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

When you watch your children grow up in the church they should be accepted unconditionally in their...

Dear UCC of Tomorrow, 

Seeing, touching and feeling the reality that nothing has really changed in th...

This word collage portrays the schism of this issue. 

  • On one side: anger, horrified, silenced, le...

Dear United Church, 

I worry that this Iridesce apology project may not adequately reach sufficient p...

I read the “November 1988” story as well as several others that made me realize how though we see ou...

I wasn’t there when it happened

I never knew that it was a “thing” 

No one told me about the “Issue”

I...

Sixteen years after 1988, in 2004, I was two years into my first pastoral charge — settled there by...

A word collage

GLAD / ANGERED / BETRAYED

accepted / upset / content / abandoned / sad / happy / hopefu...

A word collage:

LOVE

inclusivity / overcome / familiarity / beautiful / family / acceptance

wealthy / s...

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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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