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.

A memory so short and lived,

Leaving this world with so much pain. 

Everyday with each prayer come str...

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

Dear United Church, 

I love someone who identifies as LGTB2SQ?. 

Thank you for being proactive and wil...

I was around in 1988 but not really present. How did, and how does, this affect me, as a straight wh...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans Christian people…

. that God, with perfect love, made you on p...

I am a celibate lesbian woman who has enjoyed ordained ministry in many settings — in rural and urba...

One of two things that I know, unequivocally, is that I am a good dad. Some days I am a very good da...

The thing that hurts the most is when you say my child—a wonderful, talented, caring person, who is...

I wish I had known the world was about the change. 

I wish I had known that I was not broken, that my...

Our family had not lived in the community for very long, and had only occasionally attended this Uni...

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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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