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

Dear UCC of Tomorrow, 

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

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

To Anne Squire, 

I read your story and I wanted to say how horrified I felt, reading what one of your...

Dear United Church, 

It saddens me to think that we as a faith community need to go through any of th...

Dear United Church, 

The thing that hurts the most is how we have neglected Christ. We rarely refer t...

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

God help us. It’s been hard for me to understand how so many people who call themselves Christians c...

I read your two stories, and I am sorry, most of all, that I can’t say this to you in person: 

To me,...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans Christian people that I am offering my compassionate presence...

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add your voice to the conversation. 



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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