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 Ken, 

I read your story — your and John’s story — and I am overwhelmed. It was as if all the “ru...

I am sad that my grandchildren are being raised in a Baptist home. They are taught that homosexualit...

Dear United Church

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

Dear United Church, 

The thing that hurts the most is how we have neglected Christ. We rarely refer t...

I am bi — my faith has been strengthened by being in a same sex relationship. I have had to learn to...

Anne Squire, 

I read your story and I want to tell you how sad I am that anyone who would call themse...

Dear United Church, 

The things I want you to apologize for are not having insightful conversations w...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans Christian people… 

That we don’t — and won’t — always get it r...

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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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