New Corporate Image

The proofs of the new corporate image for the Scottish Episcopal Church have arrived at last today. It has been quite a job for the Information and Communication Board and I was getting worried that they would not arrive in time for this year’s General Synod to approve them.

Synod will actually be part of the process in that it will make a decision about the final logo which will appear outside all of our churches by the end of the year. The well known ‘piscy pub-signs will all go and be replaced by new boards.

These are the two final images that synod members will have to choose from:


The influence of the designer is clear. It was the same designer who designed one of the logos for a prominant UK political party who was happy to work at low cost for the church once the speakers at the Provincial Conference were announced last year.

The process has been a particularly fruitful one, with faciliators working with focus groups in each diocese to develop the logos. A particularly valuable outcome is that this leaves us with a network of trained facilitators who will be able to work in dioceses. (The theme for the groups was “New Ways of Seeing Church” and it is hoped that this work will now trickle down to congregational level).

The bishops have been involved fully in the process and it was left to them to decide on the background shade of red. Two colours were put to them to vote on. Although in the end, it is believed that they had to choose by drawing lots, all are reported to be satisfied with the outcome and are looking forward to working together. Indeed, they believe that the logo drafting process is a model which could be shared with the wider Anglican Communion.

The logo has been designed so the networks and groups in the church will be able to adapt it for their own use.

For example:


  1. David Bayne says

    Nice try, Kelvin. Happy St. Gilbert’s Day!

  2. All the blessings of the feast, David.

  3. On this, the most holiest of days, the OCICBW… crowd salutes Provost Kelvin and offers up their thanks for his mighty works.

  4. Gareth says

    Red and Green!!!

  5. Of course had it been red yellow and black it would have been much more acceptable, especially in the West End of Glasgow!

  6. Pink and black would be best, surely.

  7. Vicky says

    red green together – will just be grey for some – did no one consider the impact of this on folk with red-green colour blindness?

  8. Yes Ryan, but only for “away” matches, aka when the Bishop is away or not present.

  9. Andrew says

    I admit to colour-blindness, but I cannot see the symbols which I am told grace the inside of the logo. Blue and yellow would be a better combination

  10. liz wrathmell says

    Please go back to the wonderful logo we already have. They just need renewing. These are a pale shadow of existing ones. a case of where new is not better.

  11. Could I thank all those who have made comments and suggestions and ask them all to check the date on which this news was released.

  12. Vicky says

    Oh that is the funniest April fool yet 🙂
    Also a bit sad that many of us thought it was a real possibility that such a change would happen! (I am now and leave and realise just how serious work has been making me….think I might need to give it up…….)

  13. Andrew says

    It’s been many years since I have been so completely fooled on April 1st. I await 1/4/2010 with anticipation.

  14. I think Canon Bayne actually spoiled it rather, but it produced a fun day none-the-less!

  15. David Bayne says

    Oooh, that’s a bit harsh, Kenny. I thought my post was opaque enough not to spoil the fun – and some later comments suggest I was right. Only afficionados of Catholic Order, such as yourself, appear to have been alerted by the date of the Feast Day of St. Gilbert of Caithness.

    Like almost everyone else, I was thoroughly suckered at first. Some harsh words of the boards-with-nothing-better-to-waste-time-and-money-on variety had to be repented of when the penny dropped. Congratulations, Father Provost, on a wheeze of spaghetti-tree quality.

  16. Moyra says

    It all gave me the best giggle I’ve had for a few weeks now!

    I was fooled, for about ten minutes, and had plenty to say on the colour combination and colour-blindness, but then I noticed the date…

  17. Zebadee says

    Kenny is quite correct. Red, Green and Black are the only colours, not only in the West of Glasgow, but for any true Jags fan. Why does the choir not wear such colours every Sunday?

  18. David |Dah • veed| says

    Forgetting that 1 APR is significant to some, but nothing here, I am glad to know it was a joke, because I thought they were gawd awful, and did not wish to appear rude in saying so.

  19. Kennedy says

    Nice one, Kelvin.

    I remember that Robin Paisley’s son did some drafts of a new logo using the lozenge shape and a cross which were pretty good – I wonder what be came of them.

    re St Gilbert’s day, the problem is that life is sufficiently bizarre to make genuine stuff difficult to distinguish.

    Did anyone else get an email about CafeChurch which was signed by Rev Cid Latty?

  20. Hope it’s also a joke that the Episcopal Church welcomes people only on Sunday!

  21. Ha !
    Fooled the Hub n me fer a moment there las’ wednesday – but I didnae get onter the system agen til the noo t’comment.
    Nice One Padre !

  22. Ritualist Robert says

    I would have thought that the SEC welcomes people throughout the week. The logo with a Lebanese cedar tree is curious – hardly an outward and visible sign of a church located in Scotland!

  23. Ritualist Robert says

    Ugh! Had I read this on 1 April I would have realized it was a hoax! Well done, Mr Provost.

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