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 am from a small town and there were only two churches: Catholic and "Protestant". Being a francoph...

Editor’s note: The following text was written in 2012.

25 Years, Where are we now?

Last week a colleag...

Joan: Did you notice my Elliot Lake Pride t-shirt? [Joan is wearing a purple t-shirt embroidered wit...

I learned here today that I, as a straight person, have the ability to go into all places where the...

I had a wonderful experience being involved with the young adults at Youth Forum events. The youth o...

Doing pulpit supply is increasingly uncertain for me. I never realized how homophobic some churches...

Good Afternoon... My name is Peter. I am a child of God. God formed my inward parts and knit me in m...

Anne Squire was at the founding of Affirm. At Morden Manitoba General Council amid the clash of argu...

Ruth is an ordained minister, and was working in team ministery in Toronto, for five years before re...

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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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