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.

As a person in the Lgbtx2 community, I feel our church is very accepting and welcoming. We have had...

Who do you think you are

When you think you can judge people by appearances? 

What do we mean when we...

Dear United Church, 

I am queer and I am wondering why it is a choice to become an Affirming Congrega...

I am glad my local United Church has taken steps to become Affirming. But I was shocked to learn onl...

I was there in 1988 and I remember the anger, the challenges, the disrespect on both sides of the is...

As I read the stories, I learned about a part of church history of which I had very little knowledge...

I was there in McLeod-Stewarton United Church in downtown Ottawa when people congregated in the sanc...

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

Dear United Church, 

After today’s workshop, I am more discouraged than ever about the future of our...

I am lesbian. 

I am a Minister. 

I am new to The United Church. 

I am grateful for the decision of 1988...

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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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