A Christian emblem I like

I’m thinking of options for an emblem for the new church I’m planning. It should be

  • distinctively Christian, but not a cliché
  • simple enough for someone to draw free-hand (a standard I’ve seen for picking out graphically-successful flags)
  • correctly displayed in black and white

I’ve suggested the heptagram before, but that’s a bit obscure. I’m warming up to a knotted cross.

  • they’re used in Ethiopia (consider this lovely one) and Armenia, the two earliest countries to adopt Christianity.
  • they may have influenced Celtic knot themes.
  • they’re graphically interesting.
  • the woven character is also a vibrant image of the interconnectness of humanity and creation.
  • the squared-off design has a modern look.

Ah, but the cross as I envision it doesn’t exist as such as a logo. I’ve seen styles I like made a processional crosses, but these are obviously artefacts and in any case the lower (southward) bar it taken up with the place where it’s mounded on a staff.

I imagine something not unlike four Endless Knots — itself a Tibetan Buddhist emblem —  interlinked in some way at the middle.

If I can be drawn with forty interstices, that would be rather auspicious.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

1 comment

  1. I have always liked the dover leaving the open hands. Think it represents liberal Christianity well.

    The gifts and freedom of life in the Spirit…

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