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...

God where were you when we your people, your GLBTQ brothers and sisters were being persecuted becaus...

I wish this issue

I wish this issue would come to a place of love, forgiveness and total healing. I w...

How do I heal without my Christian church brothers and sisters? 

You said I would never be alone.


How long God will we keep screwing up

We hurt from the friction/the conflict

A tug of war: who are we...

When I was born

you saw me

you held me

you loved me

As I grew

you saw me 

you held me

you loved me

Every day


I lament 1988 but for the wrong reasons.

I lament those Education and Students Committees that squash...

O God, where were you when…?

We distorted your message of love

and mistakenly believed it to be narro...

How long will we continue to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Why can we not just Love ever...

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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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