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.

God where were you when we your people, your GLBTQ brothers and sisters were being persecuted becaus...

I have always struggled with the concept of “Sunday Christian”; those people that come to a place of...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans Christian people that I’m sorry that other Christians have be...

Dear LGBTQ People, 

I am sorry for the incredible pain and loss you have gone through in leaving your...

As I read the stories, I learned about a part of church history of which I had very little knowledge...

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

. that God, with perfect love, made you on p...

How do I heal without my Christian church brothers and sisters? 

You said I would never be alone.


Seven years ago I moved to Cambridge, and having been involved with Westminster United in Waterloo,...

I wish I had known the world was about to change. 

I wish I had known that I was not broken, tha...

I am non-binary though it’s often easiest to call myself a lesbian. I grew up during a time when the...

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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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