THE Methodist Church in Fiji will introduce its revised logo to delegates at its 49th annual conference this weekend.
The renewed logo was accepted at the final meeting of the church's standing committee held at Navuso Methodist Church two weeks ago.
"The new logo is exciting and dynamic," church general secretary for communication Reverend James Bhagwan said.
"It has a range of symbolism to express the church in a world of struggle, yet still forging ahead, with the power of the spirit to urge and encourage the church forward."
The church's new logo is explained below.
* The takia is now a drua. The takia is for short journeys around an island or within the island group but the drua is for crossing the wide sea and sailing to islands outside the calm waters of the lagoon.
This symbolises the missional journey of the Methodist church to go outside its comfort zone and connect with others outside their usual sphere.
The drua is also larger and thus can carry more people, symbolising an inclusive church for all.
It also requires more than one person to sail which again signifies the working together of clergy and laity, and of different groups within the church.
In the new logo, the seas are rough. This signifies that the journey is not an easy and calm journey, but one that forges ahead in the face of the "winds of change" affecting Fiji in the 21st century.
* The cross, in stark red, is held or carried as a symbol of new life, resurrection life.
The red is connecting with Methodism, but more importantly, the cross is going before, in front of the drua.
Previously the cross was on the sail reflecting the carrying of the gospel to the islands of Fiji.
Now the cross is on the drua itself, symbolising the community of faith in Fiji.
The bright blue sky is also the waters of the seas on the world globe, serving as a reminder that the Methodist Church is a missional church.
The grey/silvery clouds of stormy weather are also countries/nations on the world globe, serving as a reminder of our connection with the Methodist community and the Body of Christ around the world.
* The hovering dove is the symbol of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
The dove is flapping its wings, propelling the drua forward across the chaotic waters.
This wind of the spirit blows the takia forward, and the flying masi indicates the force and direction of the wind.
* The diamond at the top of the mast of the drua traditionally means that this is the takia of the chief. In the logo, it symbolises that Jesus is Lord.
* The words Methodist Church in Fiji is the officially registered name of the Church, since 1964.
Returning to this gives a sense of inclusivity to all people of Fiji (Rotuma, Indo-Fijian, Kai Loma, Rabi, Kioa, other ethnic groups).