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.

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

Listening to the conversations and stories today has surfaced memories I’ve not thought about for a...

As the church worked on sexuality and faith, I was a Conference Staff person, helping many congregat...

This contributor remembers a moment in the United Church in 2007.

A few years ago, our Pres...

Tony is an gay activist and long-time active United Church member.

Iridesce: Why were you interested...

I lament 1988 but for the wrong reasons.

I lament those Education and Students Committees that squash...

I am bisexual and have spent the whole of my life in the United Church. I have been proud of this ch...

1988 became a defining moment in the life of United Churches within my Presbytery* let alone Canada,...

To be honest, I’m not sure I have first hand stories of negative experiences during the 1988/89 peri...

Where were you  in 1988 and what part did you have in your church? (choir member, elder, member of 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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