Iridesce: The Living Apology Project (Sat)


In 2015, General Council approved a motion to partner with Affirm United/S’affirmer Ensemble to create the Living Apology project, inviting the church into a journey of dialogue and reconciliation with LGBTQ2+ persons. It was agreed that this would involve: creative opportunities for conversation; worship and education; and exploring concepts such as lament, reconciliation, and justice. It was also agreed that the Living Apology project would be celebrated at the GC43 in acknowledgement of the 30th anniversary of the 1988 decision to allow people of all sexual orientation to be full members and ministers in the church.

Iridesce: The Living Apology Project was launched in September 2017. It is gathering personal stories of being: trans; bisexual; 2-Spirit; lesbian; gay; queer; or another gender or sexual identity/expression in our church—past or present. In addition, the project is collecting stories of allies, friends, family members, ministers, and community members to LGBTQ2+ persons in the United Church.

On this journey, we are hearing some clear messages. The church we are becoming brings with it brokenness, grief, and anger lingering from 1988. LGBTQ2+ people, and their families and allies in the United Church, are still afraid to share their stories, afraid to come out, afraid of judgment and rejection.

The church needs to wrestle with issues and questions that include: what is the legacy of 1988 decision in terms of our communal life? How do we hold the tension of allowing individual churches to choose to become affirming or not? How do we live peacefully and graciously while in conflict, especially when people’s very lives are at stake? This workshop invites participants into these conversations.

Presenters: Aaron Miechkota

Max Number of participants: Up to 50, first come first serve