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CFS Trustees

Covenant Fellowship Scotland is registered with OSCR as
Scottish Charity SC043628.

Trustees of the charity are:

Rev Professor Andrew McGowan 
(Chairman)
Rev Richard Buckley
Rev Mike Goss
Rev Ian Murdo Macdonald
Mr Kenneth Mackenzie
Rev Mark Malcolm
Rev Ann McCool
Rev Hector Morrison
Rev Colin Strong

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Background

cofs emblem web oldWhen we began Covenant Fellowship Scotland, we chose to use the Burning Bush symbol on our website and Facebook page to indicate that we are members and adherents of the Church of Scotland and that our intention is to remain in the Church, despite recent difficulties, in order to seek reformation from within.

Unfortunately, some time ago, both Andrew McGowan and Michael Goss received phone calls from a member of the Legal Questions Committee of the General Assembly, asking us to remove the Burning Bush emblem from our CFS website and Facebook page because there had been (unspecified) 'complaints'.  We pointed out that the National Church Association had used it without difficulty for many years but that cut no ice.  We also pointed out that the Burning Bush symbol has been used by Presbyterians all over the world but were told that the version we were using was lodged with the Lord Lyon's Office as a 'Coat of Arms' and could only be used with permission of the Church, which permission was clearly not forthcoming!  The secretary also received calls from the Principal Clerk of the General Assembly, with the same message.

 

New Logo

CFS new logo Professor McGowan contacted a friend, Professor Laurence Kirkpatrick, who is Professor of Church History in the Union Theological College, Belfast (the college of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland), knowing that he had written on the history of the burning bush and asked if there was a version we could use without copyright issues.  We are delighted with the one he recommended, for several reasons:

First, it is clearly recognisable as the Burning Bush.  Second, it has an open Bible as part of the emblem, which the Church of Scotland version does not.  It seems that some of the earlier versions of the design had the open Bible but later versions have removed it.  As an organisation which aims to see the reformation of the Church according to Scripture, this was most appropriate.  Third, instead of the Latin words, nec tamen consumebatur (‘nevertheless it was not consumed’), which is the wording on the Church of Scotland version, the Irish version has the motto ardens sed virens, which means 'burning yet flourishing'.  It seems possible that it was first used by the Huegenots, to indicate that despite severe persecution (burning) they and the Gospel were 'flourishing'.  This might be considered a very appropriate motto for us.  We are not being persecuted in the same way the Huegenots were, to be sure, but the opposition is strong.  In the midst of it, the Gospel is flourishing as we bear witness to Christ.

 

Design

The version Professor Kirkpatrick sent was from a stained glass window in Union College.  We are grateful to Alice Louise Watson, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, whose studio is in Glasgow, for taking the photograph of the stained glass window and creating our new logo.  The version on the stained glass window had two shamrocks at the top.  We asked Alice to leave one of these, to highlight its origins but to replace the other with a thistle!

The Church has forced us to change our logo but in fact the change is for the better and will identify more clearly who we are and what we believe.