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

Dear United Church, 

I will accept your apology if you put your words into action by no longer allowi...

Tony is an gay activist and long-time active United Church member.

Iridesce: Why were you interested...

I am a celibate lesbian woman who has enjoyed ordained ministry in many settings — in rural and urba...

I wish I had known what I know today about LGBTQ2+ people. In 1988, I was too young to participate i...

[Shared with permission of Karen]

Shared at a United Church event. Pat* is a minister and senior citizen.

I just came out this weekend,...

“When I was a teenager, in 1998, I was at the United Church in rural Alberta*. I was struggling with...

I am from a small town and there were only two churches: Catholic and "Protestant". Being a francoph...

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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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