Swiss Reformed churches introduce a common logo for the Reformation Jubilee

For the first time in the history of Swiss Protestantism, all of the country’s Reformed churches have agreed to a common brand presentation: The logo, website, and plans for the “500 years of the Reformation” project were presented to the public at today’s FSPC Assembly of Delegates in Scuol, Canton Graubünden.

There is now an official logo for the Reformation celebrations throughout all of Switzerland – a bold and clear “R”. This brings together the various aspects of the Reformation and its celebrations into a single vibrant symbol. And, for the first time in Reformed Switzerland, there will be optional cantonal versions of the logo for each of the cantonal churches so that the Reformation logo can find a place at home all throughout the country.

The Gospel is at the center of all things – this is the liberating and uplifting message of the Reformation! And the “R” is to become a living expression of unity in the diversity of the Reformed churches. People of all confessions are invited to join together with the Reformed of Switzerland in celebrating the opening up of the Gospel. This is not a matter of denominational divides but is solely about Christ as the basis of faith.

As a combined word mark and logo, the “R” can stand alone for flexible use and can be creatively combined or filled with images, illustrations, words, and colors to present an unlimited range of content.

An Internet page dedicated to the Reformation Jubilee has also now been launched at www.ref-500.ch (French and German), in which the logo and proposed FSPC projects are presented. The first highlighted content is to be an interactive debate on 13 topics connected to the Reformation. The FSPC would like to formulate “our Gospel theses today” at all levels – from the congregation to the national stage – making use of and adapting the materials from a similar project by the United Protestant Church of France (Eglise Protestante Unie de France). The project plays on Martin Luther’s 95 Theses of 1517, which began the Reformation movement in Europe. The autumn Assembly of Delegates will look into a variety of projects to be implemented through 2018.

The FSPC bulletin periodical is taking a playful look at this topic. The current issue (1/2014) includes a kit for everyone to put together their own stand-up Reformation-R. The issue can be ordered free of charge.

Information, documents, the bulletin, and the aforementioned kit can be accessed at www.ref-500.ch.