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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 was there in ’88 and ’84 and before, and I remember… grace. Yes, there was fear, lots of it. I’d b...

I was there in 1988 and my first thought was, “Do we really have to open this can of worms?” I belie...

Dear Anonymous (writer of I learned love and faith were always okay and beautiful), 

First of al...

It’s 1980

To my younger self: 

You are 9 years old and drinking.

You will stop.

Your mom will not love...

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

I used to think…

That everyone was just like me and my family… or should be. That when I was forced t...

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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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