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.

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

I was here in 1988 and I remember what some of my relatives went through. My cousin and his wife bot...

I am lesbian but mainly I say I am straight. Why? Well look at the history. The bible says God loves...

I wasn’t there when it happened

I never knew that it was a “thing” 

No one told me about the “Issue”


I wasn’t alive in the 1980s when the United Church went through the process of accepting the LGBTQ+...

In the 1960s, as a thirteen year old teenager, I dealt with a bisexual father and a mother with repe...

There was a time, before 1970, when God and I were just buds… I was a teen in 1975-ish, when my mom...

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

My younger brother is openly gay. Several years ago, in 2013, as teens my brother and I were in a fo...

A word collage: 


LOVE / Hope / Prayer / Equality / Miraculous

Acceptance / Support / Unity / Fai...

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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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