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.

Dear United Church, I am pleased that 1988 happened. It led to a lot of controversy. Glad of the apo...

When you watch your children grow up in the church they should be accepted unconditionally in their...

I am sad that my grandchildren are being raised in a Baptist home. They are taught that homosexualit...

I was there in 1988 and I remember… 

…one of the strongest objectors to the issues being raised in th...

In 1991, my little brother called me. He was living 800 miles away from me at the time. As we talked...

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

I was here in 1988 and I remember what some of my relatives went through. My cousin and his wife bot...

Dear LGBTQ people, 

I’m so sorry for the way we in the United Church have responded to your community...

I was there in 1988 and I remember being somewhat upset by the decision of the church to accept gay...

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

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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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