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"...

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

I remember...

Theological school...

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

As the church worked on sexuality and faith, I was a Conference Staff person, helping many congregat...

For me, it started with AIDS in the early 1980s. Although I had been raised in the United Church, I...

I went back into the ministry in 1982 and was in Aylmer, Quebec. I was also president of Conference,...

I was there in 1988, not at General Council, but in ministry in the United Church, and I remember …...

What I remember about 1988 is actually 1989, because that’s when I attended Alberta and North West C...

I came to the United Church in the Fall of 1988, that's the fall I moved to my town*. When I was a c...

To be honest, I’m not sure I have first hand stories of negative experiences during the 1988/89 peri...

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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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