The United Church Crest

 

The crest is the official signature of The United Church of Canada, placed on legal documents, ordination and commissioning certificates, and licences to perform the sacraments. Designed by the Rev. Dr. Victor T. Mooney (a treasurer of the United Church), it was officially adopted in 1944 by the 11th General Council.

For our church members, this insignia is a spiritual and historic reminder. Its oval shape is derived from the outline of a fish, a symbol of identity by early Christians. The initials of the words "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour" spell the Greek word for fish.

The crest is designed in the form of a St. Andrew's Cross with an insignia in each of the four corners. The "X" at the centre, the first letter of the Greek word for Christ, is a traditional symbol for Christ. In the four corners of the crest are symbols, three of which are particularly associated with the three communions—Congregational, Methodist, and Presbyterian—that united to form The United Church of Canada in 1925.

In 2012, the 41st General Council approved a new crest to acknowledge the presence and spirituality of Aboriginal peoples in the UCC and to clearly identify that the UCC was built on Aboriginal heritage and territory. The crest changes include incorporating the four colours of the Aboriginal Medicine Wheel (yellow as a symbol of life and Asian people, black as a symbol of the south and dark-skinned people of the world, red as a symbol of the west and Aboriginal peoples, and white as the colour of the north and white-skinned people) and adds the phrase “All My Relations” in Mohawk, “Akwe Nia’Tetewá:neren” to acknowledge that the first contact was made with the Mohawk communities of the East. The UCC seeks to cherish the gift of the presence of Aboriginal peoples and their philosophy, “All My Relations/Akwe Nia’Tetewá:neren,” meaning to live in mutual respect for differences. All My Relations offers a sound basis for becoming an intercultural church, a church living in harmony and respect among different cultures.

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