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.

Dear United Church, I am pleased that 1988 happened. It led to a lot of controversy. Glad of the apo...

Dear United Church, 

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

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

I used to think most United Churches were Affirming, but now I realize that even within the United C...

In 1991, my little brother called me. He was living 800 miles away from me at the time. As we talked...

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

I was there in 1988 and I remember the extreme attitudes and feeling expressed in some congregations...

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...

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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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