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11.05.05 06:08 Age: 7 yrs

A Symbolic Cross

Ruth Bottoms, CWME moderator

It seems a long time ago that the conference planning committee discussed ideas for a logo for the conference and considered various designs. This included discussion about the symbol of the cross. It is a most profound symbol that speaks of the heart of our faith in Jesus Christ. But we also noted that the symbol has been misused and experienced as a symbol of domination. The bringing of the olive wood cross, over the sea from Jerusalem, with the reminder from those who presented it of the realities of that context I found very moving. So too was the struggle to hold it upright. If the cross is made of many pieces as a reminder of the many parts of the body of Christ, the many needed to lift it high reminds me of the need for us to work together in our proclamation of the good news. May the gift of this cross inspire us in our deliberations.