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 don’t think there is “the Church” that can apologize for its members/adherents. The United Church...

I am a queer womxn who loves a trans non-binary person. My faith has been both strengthened and chal...

There was a time, before 1970, when God and I were just buds… I was a teen in 1975-ish, when my mom...

In 1988 I was living in San Francisco and working. Having come out as a gay man in 1984, I was then...

I am bi — my faith has been strengthened by being in a same sex relationship. I have had to learn to...

Dear United Church

We are one, I would like for us to share some of the rich, tear-laden, joy-filled...

[Shared with permission of Karen]

I used to think I didn’t know anyone who was gay; I used to think to be gay was to be promiscuous; b...

Janet (*not her real name): I billet musicians from the symphony who are passing through town, and a...

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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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