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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 do not understand. 

I am willing to learn. 

Some things just are — no explanation needed. 

We are all...

Imagine a world

that knows no fear

that welcomes and accepts all

that does not know discrimination

that...

used to think

for the longest time

was taught

knee high

to a grasshopper

on a parent’s lap

reinforced in s...

How long, God! Will we have pain!

How long will you endure these people!

They treated us like a bad vi...

Where do we go from here

Changing hearts and minds

One story, one gesture, one response

at a time

To eac...

Where is love, 

When judgement prevails?

Where is love, 

When our hatred sails?

Where is love, 

When igno...

When I was born

you saw me

you held me

you loved me

As I grew

you saw me 

you held me

you loved me

Every day

...

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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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