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

At first I was very proud of my church. I was amazed at how ‘cool’ we were. Then I went to worship i...

Dear Ken, 

I read your story — your and John’s story — and I am overwhelmed. It was as if all the “ru...

I am straight and I want the church to know that I am very thankful for the true love that the Affir...


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...

I was there in 1988 and I remember being somewhat upset by the decision of the church to accept gay...

There was a time, before 1970, when God and I were just buds… I was a teen in 1975-ish, when my mom...

I wish this issue was a non issue. As a church we are supposed to practice love and acceptance to al...

A word collage: 


LOVE / Hope / Prayer / Equality / Miraculous

Acceptance / Support / Unity / Fai...

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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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