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Tending God’s field, forming God’s people: Saskatoon 2002


The Saskatoon 2002 logo, designed by Jerry Unrau of Wildwood Mennonite Church, Saskatoon.

Feb 14, 2002

Winnipeg, Man.—Have you ever spent time contemplating a prairie field, reflecting on the curve of the earth and the waving grasses poking through the snow and soil?

That’s how designer Jerry Unrau sought inspiration for the Saskatoon 2002 assembly logo.

"Some of the grasses form themselves into a hand reaching up for help, and others reaching down from above. The aspect of partnership, with God, with each other and with the earth, also speaks through the graphics. The concept of partnership leads to a sense of growth and of becoming," says Unrau.

Indeed the image fits nicely with the theme, "Tending God’s field, forming God’s people," says general secretary Dan Nighswander. "It’s an appropriate follow-up to last year’s them of ‘What is God doing?’ and will also help delegates engage in a special pre-conference session called ‘Making Peace with the Land.’" This additional event is planned in response to a resolution passed at Lethbridge 2000 to have the church dialogue at a deeper level on issues of faith, food, and farming.

Last year in Abbotsford delegates considered the question, "What is God doing?" They observed presentations for a vision of a missional church (every part of the church fully engaged in God’s mission), and offered responses in discussion groups. This year, delegates will be asked to engage in further dialogue as they review initiatives to implement the missional vision..

The Saskatoon assembly graphic depicts a hand reaching up from the earth, and a hand reaching down. "There are so many ways of interpreting this logo," said Nighswander. "Hands in partnership with God, each other, and the earth – in short, growing in God’s way. It is a wonderfully evocative allusion to the Assembly text, 1 Corinthians 3:6-9."

"The vision of engaging every part of the church in God’s mission is beginning to take root. Whatever shape it takes will surely be framed by hands joined in partnership—partnership with and among congregations, with and among area conferences, and with and among our international sisters and brothers."

Saskatoon 2002 will take place on July 3-7, and "Making Peace with the Land" will take place on July 2-3. Details will be released as plans are confirmed. Check the web site,, for the latest information.

Note: Hi resolution files of the graphic are available on request. JPG format: 490 kb; TIF format: 20 mb; EPS format: 517 kb. Contact Dan Dyck, Director of Communications.