The United Methodist Church
The Cross and Flame
The United Methodist Church is symbolized by the cross and flame. This symbol was adopted in 1968 when the Methodist Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church. The cross represents Jesus and the flame stands for the Holy Spirit. The two tongues of fire not only symbolize the Holy Spirit’s coming at Pentecost (Acts 2), but also the two branches of the church that merged in 1968. This symbol is recognizable around the world.