The circular shape represents unity and equality. The three interlocking figures represent the equality of all people without gender or race bias. The number three suggests the three focus areas of congregational vitality, addressing the concerns of scarcity and the injustice that men, women and children experience every day because of poverty. Finally, the legend “Matthew 25” below the symbol is the literal identification of the mark, to make the point that active engagement in the world requires human effort.
Matthew 25:31-46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 222nd and 223rd General Assemblies (2016 and 2018) exhorted the PC(USA) to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned, or poor.
By accepting the Matthew 25 call, WE AFFIRM that our church is a relevant presence in the world. WE RECOGNIZE Christ’s urgent call to be a church of action, where God’s love, justice and mercy shine forth and are contagious. And WE REJOICE how our energized faith can unite all Presbyterians for a common and holy purpose: our common identity to do mission.
For more information on the Matthew 25 doctrine, visit https://m25m.org/.