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.

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

I wish I had known how to support young people who were struggling with rejection, depression and ho...

I wish I knew how to say to people of other faiths, other religions, other cultures, that we’re all...

I used to think that when the United Church accepted gay/lesbian ordained ministers, and our local c...

High School

Confusion

First Love

Lesbianism

Family

Church

The Bible says

AIDS!!!!

retreat

trauma

depression

Edu...

I am a lesbian and would like to share my story with the United Church. 

I came out when I was studyi...

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

. that God, with perfect love, made you on p...

In the 1960s, as a thirteen year old teenager, I dealt with a bisexual father and a mother with repe...

I am lesbian. 

I am a Minister. 

I am new to The United Church. 

I am grateful for the decision of 1988...

My wife and I were married 31 December 1988 by the female minister of my wife’s United Church (just...

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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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