The symbol of the Church of the Brethren

The Church of the Brethren logo is composed of images central to the life of Jesus Christ.

The cross recalls our baptism into Christ's death and resurrection (Rom. 6:4) and testifies to God's plan to bring "all in heaven and on earth... into a unity in Christ" (Eph. 1:10 NEB).

The circle, partially defined, represents the world into which we are sent by Christ (Matt. 28:19). The circle also affirms that as members of Christ's body we are members one of another (Rom. 12:4-5)-a people who confess "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph. 4:5).

The wave connotes new life in Christ, "born of water and the spirit" (John 3:5). It further evokes the waters of justice (Amos 5:24), the cup of water offered in Christ's name (Mark 9:41), the basin and towel (John 13:5), and "springs of living water" (Rev. 7:17).

Combined, the cross, the circle, and the wave present a distinct "Brethren" statement-images central to the life of Jesus Christ, images for Brethren to live by.


Romans 6:4 (New International Version)

4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Ephesian 1:10

10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

Matt. 28:19

19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Rom. 12:4-5

[4] Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, [5] so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

Eph. 4:5

5one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

John 3:5

 5Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

Amos 5:24

24 But let justice roll on like a river,

    righteousness like a never-failing stream!

Mark 9:41

41I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward.

John 13:5

5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Rev. 7:17

17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
      he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”


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