The Cross Triumphant
What does the UCC logo symbolize?
The symbol of the United Church of Christ
comprises a crown, cross and orb
enclosed within a double oval
bearing the name of the church
and the prayer of Jesus,
"That they may all be one" (John 17:21).
It is based on an ancient Christian symbol
called the "Cross of Victory"
or the "Cross Triumphant."
The crown symbolizes the sovereignty of Christ.
The cross recalls the suffering of Christ
—his arms outstretched on the wood of the cross—
for the salvation of humanity.
The orb, divided into three parts,
reminds us of Jesus' command
to be his "witnesses
in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria
and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
The verse from Scripture
reflects our historic commitment
to the restoration of unity
among the separated churches of Jesus Christ.