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 Ken, 

I read your story — your and John’s story — and I am overwhelmed. It was as if all the “ru...

Dear Anonymous (writer of I learned love and faith were always okay and beautiful), 

First of al...

Dear Anne, 

I heard your story. 

I heard your pain. 

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

Writing about 1988

. Be who you are and don’t let anyone mislead you by what they think.

Respond to a...

Dear United Church, 

The thing that has hurt the most is how open and accepting we claim to be but th...

I read your two stories, and I am sorry, most of all, that I can’t say this to you in person: 

To me,...

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

Chris your story made me think about how different the church has become. Accepting people for who t...

Anne Squire, 

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

Elsbeth, I heard your story and you are surprised even today the church is not as welcoming to LGBT...

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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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