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.

As a person in the Lgbtx2 community, I feel our church is very accepting and welcoming. We have had...

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

I am Pan-romantic Demisexual and I wish I could share that the churches I have been a part of have n...

Dear United Church, 

As a person who identifies as part of the LGBT community, I want you to know how...

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

Dear LGBTQ people,

I’m so sorry for the way we in the church have

not listened

not heard

not understood


I wish this issue

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

Dear Anonymous (writer of I learned love and faith were always okay and beautiful), 

First of al...

I only have 2 close friends that frequently attend a church other than my own. Because of this, we d...

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

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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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