The nyame (triple-infinity logo) is a dream image first conceived (in 1987) by Charles R. Butler, III and designed by Susan Reed as a symbol of many paths in unity. It is similar in style and form to the ngyame (infinite Deity) which is woven into clothing of West African holy people. Ecumenicon uses it as a service award, for our conference, and for our clergy. As a carved image, it has not been seen in this form for over 1,000 years, but is a potent and ancient symbol beyond copyright.
For 16 years we hung the nyame from its center, as three interwoven infinity symbols, but an unexpected encounter of one of our clergy, Rev. Fred Blanken, with African elders from Ghana gave us insight into a better presentation. At the National Prayer Vigil organized by the Native American community, the African communities have erected an altar. In 2001, as Fred was volunteering his time, he was approached by an Elder of that community who asked him about our holy symbol. At sunset, she led him behind the altar, so that he could see its base. There, carved into the wood, was the nyame, placed vertically. According to their belief, it was carved by Obatala, the creator of humanity, over 10,000 years ago. So, in accordance to both ancient tradition and modern vision, we now have chosen to view our symbol not only as a triple-infinity, but also as the Sacred Tree connecting heaven and earth. Thank you Fred. May we always keep ourselves firmly rooted in the earth, yet always reaching toward the heavens.
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