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 this issue

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

It’s 1980

To my younger self: 

You are 9 years old and drinking.

You will stop.

Your mom will not love...

I have always struggled with the concept of “Sunday Christian”; those people that come to a place of...

Who do you think you are

When you think you can judge people by appearances? 

What do we mean when we...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans Christian people that I’m sorry that other Christians have be...

Dear loving and gracious God, 

I thank you for your constant 

love and guidance 

as we continue to evol...

Dear United Church, 

I worry that this Iridesce apology project may not adequately reach sufficient p...

I used to think that when the United Church accepted gay/lesbian ordained ministers, and our local c...

I want to thank the United Church for being there when I was searching for a Church. I know that I a...

I wasn’t alive in the 1980s when the United Church went through the process of accepting the LGBTQ+...

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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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