The tree symbol represents the branches of ministry and, based on the themes of the Tree Project’s visioning phase, roots in outreach. The actual representation of the tree is modern and abstract, in some ways challenging us to see own tree. The number of branches and roots are expected to change over the course of this year. The starting version is visually balanced but it is quite likely that our tree will morph into something more asymmetrical, capturing the unique passions of Emmanuel. The group of people that chose this particular design commented on its sense of motion and how that will be important as we explore what the new Emmanuel will look like.
The circles by the roots represent nutrients. The nutrient symbol is abstract and can represent where we our nourished in ministry and outreach. The symbols by the branches are meant to capture the transformation of energy, again either in ministry or outreach. You can think of these as leaves or root nodules. Individually, each one of us is nourished by the different parts of Emmanuel and we can then transform that new energy for many things. For example, some of us might receive spiritual nourishment through worship and then transform that into a passion for outreach. Where do you get your nutrients from the Emmanuel Tree? Do you get your oxygen from music ministry? How do you transform and express the energy that you get, as part of the Emmanuel Tree?
This week a large version of the tree symbol placed in the sanctuary with only the main branches and roots. Over the course of our visioning journey, we will have the symbols for nutrients and transformation available for you to place on our Emmanuel Tree.
We want to thank our resident artist, Beth Shortt for her creative energy and patience as she worked with us to develop the tree graphic.