Pam Rocker writes about ending the practice of conversion therapy, saying "The way we treat LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit people will not change dramatically until we dismantle the archaic notion that heterosexuality equates to holiness."
Katherine Brittain writes about Camp Pringle's experiment of "Gender Inclusion Week" and how its success provides a model for welcoming children and families of all kinds to be part of the camping experience.
An LGBTQ member of the United Church writes that they came to Canada with their partner to be free, yet are still not fully accepted in the church. So they never imagined their wedding would be so beautiful and noble, made so by friends and God.
Recent acts of hate targeting United Church ministries who are affirming of LGBTQIA2S+ people, show the importance of continuing to struggle for justice and inclusion for all.
According to the Indigenous Calls to the Church, our Two Spirit relatives are welcome and a valued part of our circle. This act of acknowledgment fills me with pride because it is a step towards rebuilding our whole community from the generations of ignorance and mistreatment of Two Spirit… Read more
The Rev. Evan Noodin Smith writes that, "Within the church there have been very few attempts to start acknowledging Two-Spirit people."
Basil Coward asks, Can you be both queer and Black, and enjoy a celebrated and visible presence in the United Church?
Jordan Sullivan asks, “What measure of privilege are we willing to give up to create equity for others?”
The Rev. Jeff Rock writes that while progress has been made in the church for LGBTIQ2S+ people, the work of inclusion is just beginning.
At the ACT Alliance General Assembly, the church continues to twist itself in knots about sex and sexuality.
The old, grey stone steps of my local United Church in Toronto were recently transformed. They are now awash in a cheerful rainbow of hues, almost daring people who bustle by on the busy Toronto street not to stop and smile. I’m sure more than a few pedestrians have wondered, “What’s going on… Read more
The Iridesce Project aspires to be a community movement of reflection and reconciliation as we approach the 30th anniversary of the vote of The United Church of Canada not to reject gay and lesbian people from membership and eligibility for ordination… and as we reflect on the past 30 years of… Read more
Canadians have made huge progress in advancing LGBTI rights here. But what about the rest of the world? Is there something in our experience from which others could draw? How might we act in solidarity with people who live under more repressive regimes?