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.

Full disclosure: I am a white-straight-male in my 60's.  The most vilified and blamed group for all...

I was there in 1988 and I remember how fearful people were about the change. People looked to their...

I only have 2 close friends that frequently attend a church other than my own. Because of this, we d...

I was there in 1988 and I remember the extreme attitudes and feeling expressed in some congregations...

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

I read the “November 1988” story as well as several others that made me realize how though we see ou...

I went back into the ministry in 1982 and was in Aylmer, Quebec. I was also president of Conference,...

I was there in ’88 and was obviously not aware of the dissent that existed within our congregation....

I was there in 1988 and I remember the intensity of how people in the pastoral charge I served grapp...

Our family had not lived in the community for very long, and had only occasionally attended this Uni...

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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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