Friday, 25 January 2008

Has Lambeth 2008 Nicked the Unitarian Logo?

Here is the Unitarian logo (in orange and on the right):





















And here is the Lambeth 2008 logo (in yellow and on the left):
















Oops!

5 comments:

richardtmorgan said...

Nicked and also upgraded? Lambeth could also be welcoming arms embracing all points of view, Seraphim gathered round the throne of God, Reformers bearing the candle that Ridley and Latimer set alight and holding it proudly aloft...
Good logos always encourage a breadth of different interpretation.

Stuart said...

The crescent moon gives it an Islamic feeling as well. Does the Logo suggest that +++Rowan hopes to use Islam as kindling or Islam as light of the world?

-Stu

Pluralist (Adrian Worsfold) said...

The flaming chalice as it is called has origins with Hans Deutsch, an Austrian, for whom the cup and flame represented love and sacrifice. It comes from World War II symbol to help Jews and Unitarians via the Unitarian Service Committee to get away from Nazi persecution. It was based in Portugal where it ran couriers and agents.

I prefer the flatter chalice that the Unitarians had, which was more of a design. This one is more rounded and realistic, less edges.

It has come to mean something like a cup of community and flame of freedom. I've no idea what the Lambeth 2008 equivalent is supposed to mean.

I was one of those who would light a chalice at the start of every service I took; the Puritan shadow was against all sorts of visual aids. I went in for many candles and even incense as a symbol to represent a symbolic element. I even rang a bell in some. Using the senses and using symbols should be part of engaging the body in worship.

Robin Edgar said...

There are actually a considerable variety of depictions of the Unitarian aka U*U chalice logo. Here is a page of diverse chalice logos from the official UUA web site. The official UUA "corporate identity" flaming chalice logo is this one.

Personally I get a bit of a chuckle out of this particular version of the U*U flaming chalice logo. For some reasojn it brings this iconic image to mind. Oops indeed. . . ;-)

mewmewmew said...

The crescent moon gives it an Islamic feeling as well. Does the Logo suggest that +++Rowan hopes to use Islam as kindling or Islam as light of the world?


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