IRIDESCE: The Living Apology Project is an invitation for story-sharing to all people affected by the United Church’s 1988 decision—when the church declared that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, are welcome as full members, and all members are eligible to be considered for ministry.

IRIDESCE invites stories from before, during, and after the 1988 decision. How welcoming has our welcome been? These stories will help the church to discern if, and how, it might live into a possible apology to the church’s LGBTQ and Two-Spirit people.

The whole church is invited to participate! That means folks associated with the United Church in any way, no matter how they identify—as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, Two-Spirit, and more.

To share your story—and you can do so anonymously—write it down, type it up, make a video, create art or drawings, design a collage…it’s up to you! Be inspired by our questions to help you reflect on the IRIDESCE website. E-mail your story to our coordinator at livingapology [at] gmail.com. Stories can be as anonymous (or not) as you prefer, and will never be shared without your clear consent. Stories may be shared on the IRIDESCE website and as part of our General Council 43 presentation (July 2018).

IRIDESCE is travelling the country! If you would like to request a visit for a community workshop event or for Sunday worship, please be in touch! A schedule of regional visits and local events is posted on the IRIDESCE website.

Learn more:

  • Get involved at iridesce.ca
  • Join the conversation in the Facebook group
  • E-mail the project coordinator at livingapology [at] gmail.com
  • Use the hashtags #iridesce #ause #uccan

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Iridesce: The Living Apology Project is a joint project of Affirm United/S'affirmer Ensemble and The United Church of Canada. It is funded by Mission & Service.