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 have resisted the invitation to participate in Iridesce. After 35 years of ministry and on the cus...

I was there in 1988 and I remember the anger, the challenges, the disrespect on both sides of the is...

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

Dear United Church, 

I worry that this Iridesce apology project may not adequately reach sufficient p...

I used to think that when the United Church accepted gay/lesbian ordained ministers, and our local c...

I was there in McLeod-Stewarton United Church in downtown Ottawa when people congregated in the sanc...

Dear United Church,

I think that when we apologize, we need very much to go beyond saying we are sorr...

My story is probably a lot like many people of my generation.  I am 71.

Having been raised to believe...

I wasn’t alive in the 1980s when the United Church went through the process of accepting the LGBTQ+...

Today I learned about the decision made in 1988 regarding the United Church of Canada and LGBTQ peop...

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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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