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.

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...

To Anne Squire, 

I read your story and I wanted to say how horrified I felt, reading what one of your...

I was there in McLeod-Stewarton United Church in downtown Ottawa when people congregated in the sanc...

Dear United Church,

I think that when we apologize, we need very much to go beyond saying we are sorr...

I am gay and love my partner who is gay. In 1988 I remember the discussion that took place. At that...

Dear United Church, 

After today’s workshop, I am more discouraged than ever about the future of our...

United Church, 

I feel an apology is owed to all ‘gay’ people, however I feel that only the churches...

Thanks for the opportunity to meet. I found this was a helpful experience. I have been to lots of wo...

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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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