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"...

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

Full disclosure: I am a white-straight-male in my 60's.  The most vilified and blamed group for all...

I was there in ’88 and ’84 and before, and I remember… grace. Yes, there was fear, lots of it. I’d b...

At first I was very proud of my church. I was amazed at how ‘cool’ we were. Then I went to worship i...

Dear United Church, I am pleased that 1988 happened. It led to a lot of controversy. Glad of the apo...

I was there in 1988 and I remember that there were only three of us on the sub-committee of the Chur...

The story made me remember what my father said about ministers who were gay even before 1988 and in...

I remember...

Theological school...

...the last semester and reading/hearing about the movements again...

I was not ‘there’ in 1988, wherever that location was; neither General Council, pastoral charges, bo...

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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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