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 was there in 1988 and I remember that there were only three of us on the sub-committee of the Chur...

I remember...

Theological school...

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

I wish there had been, or rather that the General Counsel had included, training sessions on how to...

Dear United Church, 

I will accept your apology if you put your words into action by no longer allowi...

Sixteen years after 1988, in 2004, I was two years into my first pastoral charge — settled there by...

I am a queer womxn who loves a trans non-binary person. My faith has been both strengthened and chal...

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

It is a source of great disappointment to me that the United Church has not managed to universally p...

Dear United Church, 

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

I was there in 1988 and I remember the intensity of how people in the pastoral charge I served grapp...

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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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