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 Pan-romantic Demisexual and I wish I could share that the churches I have been a part of have n...

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

I am straight and I want the church to know that I am very thankful for the true love that the Affir...

I was there in 1988 and I remember it as a very challenging and divisive time in our church. The chu...

Dear United Church, 

I am queer and I am wondering why it is a choice to become an Affirming Congrega...

Dear United Church

Your Spirit-Guided journey into fuller Affirmation and reconciliation with the LGB...

I have resisted the invitation to participate in Iridesce. After 35 years of ministry and on the cus...

I’ve been a queer activist all my life, starting in 1971 when I was the only woman to sign the ‘We D...

I was around in 1988 but not really present. How did, and how does, this affect me, as a straight wh...

As an ally, to hear the stories, stories that touch me, beyond the ‘head’, in my heart… I am moved t...

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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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