New United Church Crest

One of the major developments at the 41st General Council that was overlooked by the mainstream media was the adoption of a new crest for the United Church of Canada — a new colour scheme and additional wording.

Nora Sanders, General Secretary, recently circulated this explanation of the changes:

Colour: The new crest reflects the four colours of the Indigenous medicine wheel: yellow, black, red and white. These colours are in acknowledgement that the United Church was founded and continues to exist on Indigenous land.

Wording: The Mohawk phrase “Akwe Nia’Tetewá:neren”, meaning “All my relations”, has been added to the Latin words ut omnes unum sint (That all may be one.” John 17:21) on the crest. Canada’s Aboriginal peoples’ understanding of this phrase “All my relations” encompasses Christ’s vision.


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