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.

With all the stories of church torn apart and families hurt it is important not to get caught up in...

I was there in 1988 and I remember how joyful I was that the United Church was at last accepting of...

Canada has had the political will to support, for instance, gay marriage, since 2005, despite the la...

Dear United Church, 

I love someone who identifies as LGTB2SQ?. 

Thank you for being proactive and wil...

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

Dear LGBTQ People, 

I am sorry for the incredible pain and loss you have gone through in leaving your...

Dear LGBTQ People, 

I’m so sorry for the way we in the church as allies have such a hard time giving...

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

Dear United Church

Your Spirit-Guided journey into fuller Affirmation and reconciliation with the LGB...

I used to think…

That everyone was just like me and my family… or should be. That when I was forced t...

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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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