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History and Significance of the Cross and Flame
 

   People in the community have been asking what does that Cross and Flame on the Family Life Center represent. The information provided here will help us to share the meaning of the Cross and Flame with others.

  The history and significance of the Cross and Flame emblem are as rich and diverse as The United Methodist Church. The insignia's birth quickly followed the union of two denominations in 1968: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

   Following more than two dozen conceptualizations, a traditional symbol - the cross - was linked with a single flame with dual tongues of fire. The resulting insignia is rich in meaning. It relates The United Methodist Church to God through Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame). The flame is a reminder of Pentecost when witnesses were unified by the power of the Holy Spirit and saw "tongues, as of fire." (Acts 2:3).

   The elements of the emblem also remind us of a transforming moment in the life of Methodism's founder, John Wesley, when he sensed God's presence and felt his heart "strangely warmed." The two tongues of a single flame may also be understood to represent the union of two denominations.

   The insignia, one with lettering and one without, was formally adopted by the General Conference in 1968 and registered in 1971 with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  

 

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