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 was there in 1988 and I remember that the “homosesxual issue” divided our church. I was largely ig...

I am intersex, bisexual & transgender, and I would like to apologize to God. I grew up in another or...

In 1988, I remember the struggle, the anger, indifference of some.  I wish for resolution, through o...

Oh Divine, 

help us to embrace our authentic selves, 

When the fears and constructs of our world 


Dear Anne, 

I heard your story. 

I heard your pain. 

I heard your stunned amazement at the hate-filled...

Dear loving and gracious God, 

I thank you for your constant 

love and guidance 

as we continue to evol...

I am bi — my faith has been strengthened by being in a same sex relationship. I have had to learn to...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian or trans Christian people that I am offering my compassionate presence...

I’d like to tell gay, lesbian and trans Christian people that you are not alone. I pray that God our...

Anne Squire, 

I read your story and I want to tell you how sad I am that anyone who would call themse...

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add your voice to the conversation. 



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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