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.

Listening to the conversations and stories today has surfaced memories I’ve not thought about for a...

Dear United Church, 

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

Who do you think you are

When you think you can judge people by appearances? 

What do we mean when we...

As the church worked on sexuality and faith, I was a Conference Staff person, helping many congregat...

Background: This important story outlines the experiences of a minister newly ordained just before t...

I have resisted the invitation to participate in Iridesce. After 35 years of ministry and on the cus...

This story speaks to the homophobia that was part of church life in many places in 1988. In June of...

My wife and I were married 31 December 1988 by the female minister of my wife’s United Church (just...

Sixteen years after 1988, in 2004, I was two years into my first pastoral charge — settled there by...

I went back into the ministry in 1982 and was in Aylmer, Quebec. I was also president of Conference,...

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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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