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.

Dear United Church, 

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

My Sunday School teacher or YUCh as we called it (Youth of United Church) was the first adult I told...

I’ve been a queer activist all my life, starting in 1971 when I was the only woman to sign the ‘We D...

I am a queer womxn who loves a trans non-binary person. My faith has been both strengthened and chal...

I self identify in two ways. Both as a bisexual which was my first self identification, and also as...

As a queer youth in the United Church I want the church to know that it has made progress however we...

I’m still not sure, as a queer person, that I’m OK, by Dodie*

I wish I knew how to say that I’m still...

In 1988, I was 14 years old. I was a member of a fundamentalist extremist cult. I was also so deeply...

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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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