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.

As a person in the Lgbtx2 community, I feel our church is very accepting and welcoming. We have had...

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

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

How to accept… difference

How do we grow love, challenge with love…

How to stand with…

How to be an all...

used to think

for the longest time

was taught

knee high

to a grasshopper

on a parent’s lap

reinforced in s...

I have always struggled with the concept of “Sunday Christian”; those people that come to a place of...

How long, God! Will we have pain!

How long will you endure these people!

They treated us like a bad vi...

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

I am lesbian but mainly I say I am straight. Why? Well look at the history. The bible says God loves...

Where do we go from here

Changing hearts and minds

One story, one gesture, one response

at a time

To eac...

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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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