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

Dear United Church, 

I want you to know that you were my dream church. I remember in 1998 I was a hig...

Kai, I have heard your story and it broke my heart. I have one grandchild who was identified as a bo...

My Sunday School teacher or YUCh as we called it (Youth of United Church) was the first adult I told...

I was not a part of the United Church in 1988. In the early 1980’s I had only just become aware of t...

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

I am an open (but aging) GM and I have been active in McKillop United Church, but after 1988 they se...

Dear United Church, 

I am queer and I am wondering why it is a choice to become an Affirming Congrega...

Dear LGBTQ people, 

I’m so sorry for the way we in the United Church have responded to your community...

Dear United Church

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

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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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