- The circle indicates the unity we have in Christ. We are contained in his grace. We are on this journey together, not because we agree with each other, but because God has adopted every one of us into his family.
- We recognise that this path is painful. The colour palette is sage. Sage is an ancient symbol of healing.
- The end of the pathway is not defined. We do not know exactly where it will lead us, but by faith, we know that God is already there ahead of us, leading us towards his light.
- The two figures represent the different views on ordination we hold in the LCANZ. Both figures have shades of light and dark; we are at once saint and sinner. Whatever view we hold about ordination, we are each a broken person and a redeemed person.
- Together, we carry the cross of Christ on this journey. Together, we fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, our only hope, the joy of our salvation.
Five principles of dialogue
The Five Principles of Dialogue were developed in 2013 by the five-pastor team (representing the full range of views about the ordination of women) called the Ordination Dialogue Group to assist them in working through the issues of the ordination conversation in a spirit of mutual respect and positive dialogue. The team then offered these principles to the wider church, and they formed part of the delegates’ preparation for the 2015 General Convention of Synod. These five principles are as relevant and helpful today as they were ten years ago.
- Communion: Because God has gathered us in communion with one another through his word and sacraments, we have freedom to dialogue with one another on contested matters. Strengthening this God-given communion is the goal of dialogue.
- Trust: Because God has made us brothers and sisters in Christ, we can trust God to use our communion to build us up in love and use our differences to grow us in holiness of life.
- Listening: Because God gives each of his children a unique perspective, we can listen to each other trusting God that as we listen, we will grow in understanding of ourselves, of the other person, and of the communion that God creates.
- Speaking: Because God gives each of his children a unique perspective, we can speak to each other trusting God that as we speak, we will grow in understanding of ourselves, of the other person, and of the communion that God creates.
- Patience: Because the communion God gives us in Christ is God’s doing and not ours, we can be patient in listening and speaking to each other, trusting that God will deepen the unity he has already given us.