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.

At first I was very proud of my church. I was amazed at how ‘cool’ we were. Then I went to worship i...

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

I wish this issue

I wish this issue would come to a place of love, forgiveness and total healing. I w...

I am straight and I want the church to know that I am very thankful for the true love that the Affir...

I wish I knew how to say how proud and inspired I am of my family and close friends, but especially...


I read your story and I wanted to tell you that a cloud of sadness surrounded my being. Alth...

Imagine a world

that knows no fear

that welcomes and accepts all

that does not know discrimination


I was there in 1988 and I remember it as a very challenging and divisive time in our church. The chu...

I am intersex, bisexual & transgender, and I would like to apologize to God. I grew up in another or...

How long, God! Will we have pain!

How long will you endure these people!

They treated us like a bad vi...

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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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