The Churches Together in England logo portrays the Church as a ship afloat on the sea of the world with the mast in the form of a cross, itself the key symbol of the Christian Faith. The symbol of a boat is common throughout the ecumenical movement, having been used by the World Council of Churches since 1948. Its origin is in the Gospel stories of the calling by Jesus of Galilean fishermen and the stilling of the storm by Jesus on the lake of Galilee.
Although adapted in 2014 with slightly darker red and bolder text, this has been the logo of Churches Together in England since 1997. It was preceded by a similar boat and cross, within the pilgrim shell of St James of Compostela. The logo retained the shell in stylised form, now often interpreted as rays flowing from the cross of Jesus, who draws all people to himself.
The images are now used extensively throughout England for ecumenical groupings, “Churches Together in XXXXshire”, etc. The images, but not the words “Churches Together in England”, can be used without copyright permission by groups which subscribe to the Basis and Objects of Churches Together in England. This permission does not imply that Churches Together in England accepts any liability for the actions for any local grouping.
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