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 UCC of Tomorrow, 

Seeing, touching and feeling the reality that nothing has really changed in th...

Dear LGBTQ people, 

I’m so sorry for the way we in the United Church have responded to your community...

In 1988, I remember the struggle, the anger, indifference of some.  I wish for resolution, through o...

Hello there.

I’m an asexual man who loves other men &

my home church makes me feel like

I have no spa...

Oh Divine, 

help us to embrace our authentic selves, 

When the fears and constructs of our world 


I wish I knew how to say to people of other faiths, other religions, other cultures, that we’re all...

Dear Anne, 

I heard your story. 

I heard your pain. 

I heard your stunned amazement at the hate-filled...

We get open invitation every day

to self-exclude, self-harm, self-annihilate

and these messages come f...

I wish this issue would disappear — but disappear without dismissing the pain and struggle or hope a...

Dear loving and gracious God, 

I thank you for your constant 

love and guidance 

as we continue to evol...

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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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