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.

Living in Ottawa, going to school in Kingston, a mature student commuting.

The "Community of Concern"...

Interview Rev. David Allen (retired)

What church were you at in 1988? 

I would have been I would been...

What church were you at in 1988? 

In 1988, I was at my home church, Trinity United in Wallaceburg, On...

Robyn of Iridesce: I’m with Rev. Jack Spencer at Berwick Camp. Thank you Jack, for taking the time t...

What church were you at in 1988? 

In 1988, I was at my home church Trinity United in Wallaceburg, Ont...

My partner and I grew up in the Roman Catholic Church and made a conscious decision to join the Unit...

A brief story regarding 1988 appears below:

Before and during the 1980s, every major societal institu...

Captain John Niles was at St Andrew’s Seminary in Saskatoon in 1988. The topic of sexual orientation...

Waabskiiki-Gah-Bo, White Bear Standing, Mishkikan Dodem.

Snapping Turtle clan, Niizh Manidoowag

And my...

I would like to say to gay, lesbian, or trans Christian people, 

we are blessed to be Christians know...

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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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