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.

Dear Anonymous (writer of I learned love and faith were always okay and beautiful), 

First of al...

With all the stories of church torn apart and families hurt it is important not to get caught up in...

Dear LGBTQ people, 

I’m so sorry for the way we in the United Church have responded to your community...

I was there in 1988 and I remember the anger, the challenges, the disrespect on both sides of the is...

. a person with passion

. a person with information gained through reliable sources

. a person who lis...

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

Harris is a senior-aged person living in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories. The experience he shares her...

1988 became a defining moment in the life of United Churches within my Presbytery* let alone Canada,...

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

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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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