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 wish I knew how to say how proud and inspired I am of my family and close friends, but especially...


I read your story. What a difficult journey you’ve had. It makes me sad that you suffered so, an...

Dear United Church, 

I want you to know that you were my dream church. I remember in 1998 I was a hig...

Hello there.

I’m an asexual man who loves other men &

my home church makes me feel like

I have no spa...

Oh Divine, 

help us to embrace our authentic selves, 

When the fears and constructs of our world 


I wish I knew how to say to people of other faiths, other religions, other cultures, that we’re all...

This word collage portrays the schism of this issue. 

  • On one side: anger, horrified, silenced, le...

As I read the stories, I learned about a part of church history of which I had very little knowledge...

For me, it started with AIDS in the early 1980s. Although I had been raised in the United Church, I...

Dear United Church, 

It saddens me to think that we as a faith community need to go through any of th...

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add your voice to the conversation. 



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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