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Incorporating the
Mennonite Church Canada Dove Symbol

Our Symbol:

The simple dove and olive branch reflect Jesus's life, baptism and ministry; the Holy Spirit; the biblical themes of creation, peace and hope; and the mission and values of Mennonite Church Canada.

We are encouraging our congregations to incorporate the dove symbol into their communications, signage, letterhead etc. We believe it is an effective way to symbolize our unity in these changing and challenging times.

Below you will find some examples of how to use the logo in conjunction with your church name or existing church logo.

While we encourage congregations to use and incorporate the symbol into their own stationery, we also ask that you carefully consider how you will use it, and respect its use in the context of the visual identity guidelines (developed by logo designer Glenn Fretz). These instructions guide the user in mating the symbol to your church's name and address in a way that is consistent with its implementation by Mennonite Church Canada.

Guidelines

You may also choose to have your printer/graphic designer work on this with you. If so, simply refer them to this website for the information they need. Printers and graphic designers are knowledgable in this field, and generally are trained to understand the language of logo incorporation and symbol reproduction.

You can also enlist the services of logo designer Glenn Fretz for assistance in designing your stationery and signage with the dove logo. Glenn can also assist you in using the appropriate font with the symbol in a way that does not require you to purchase the font. Glenn can provide you with the costs for his services.

We wish you success as you begin the work of incorporating the dove into your congregational communications!

Download

The logo is available in a variety of formats:

To paste into a word processor for letterhead. Warning: these are best when printed at small sizes, they will look jagged when printed larger than 3" X 3". We have two colors, black and green.

For graphic designers we have both an Adobe Illustrator file or a SVG (scalable vector graphics) file. These provide the best flexibility for changing the size and color.

A Reflection on the Mennonite Church Canada Symbol

Helmut Harder, November 1998

A strength of the image for the new Mennonite Church is that it "touches down" at a number of places in our salvation history.

  • It brings to mind Genesis 1 and the creation—the flood, and the dove returning with the olive branch—in other words, the biblical themes of hope and creation.
  • It brings to mind the prophet's aspiration for a kingdom of peace. I think of Isaiah and Micah's visions.
  • It brings to mind Jesus' baptism, where the dove appears with a voice from God affirming "this is my beloved Son."
  • It brings to mind the expereince of Pentecost, with the descent of the Holy Spirit, bringing the message of new life.
  • It brings to mind the Anabaptist vision, with its theme of peace and renewal in the 16th century.

And, it points us to God and the Holy Spirit, extending to us an invitation to move forward with Christ and seek the kingdom, encouraging us to aspire to a new heaven and new earth. The image suggests to me the biblical pilgrimage, enveloping us with a reference to the past, present and future.