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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.

My partner and I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and made a conscious decision to join the Unit...

I would like to say to gay, lesbian, or trans Christian people, 

we are blessed to be Christians know...

I was there in 1988 and I remember how fearful people were about the change. People looked to their...

I was there in 1988 and I remember the extreme attitudes and feeling expressed in some congregations...

I was there in 1988 and I remember how joyful I was that the United Church was at last accepting of...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans people that there are more people like me out there… willing...

Dear United Church, 

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

I was not a part of the United Church in 1988. In the early 1980’s I had only just become aware of t...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans Christian people that I’m sorry that other Christians have be...

I am lesbian but mainly I say I am straight. Why? Well look at the history. The bible says God loves...

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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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