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 glad my local United Church has taken steps to become Affirming. But I was shocked to learn onl...

Background: This important story outlines the experiences of a minister newly ordained just before t...

I was there in 1988 when a minister we had sent from the Western Canadian District of Metropolitan C...

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

While I was “there” in 1988, I was only seven years old, so I wasn’t really “there” in an active way...

I’ve been a queer activist all my life, starting in 1971 when I was the only woman to sign the ‘We D...

Dear United Church, 

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

I was there in 1988, and I have felt the shadow of that momentous conflict and schism in the church...

Dear United Church, 

Identity is Sacred. 

Sacred is a gift, to be received. 

I have a need to learn how...

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

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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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