The founder of the Red Cross, Henry Dunant, was a Swiss entrepreneur who was deeply affected by the sight of 40,000 wounded and dying soldiers on the battlefield in Solferino, Italy in 1859. He was compelled to do something, so he began to help organize local people to help the wounded and dying soldiers. This led to a book and, ultimately, the Geneva Convention in 1864. It was there that the red cross name and symbol was adopted for this humanitarian organization that would offer aid to all. We think there is something to that.
The red cross on a white background was adopted by the Geneva convention of 1864 as the emblem to identify installations, vehicles, and people who would rescue and help those who were sick and wounded in times of war. It is typically seen on hospitals, ambulances, and the helmets of combat medics (people who are sold out to a life of rescuing people).
It is not uncommon for a church logo to contain some variation of a cross, but the red cross logo of DCC is similar, and yet distinct, from an image that is typically not associated at all with church. The vertical beam on our red cross is longer, more consistent with the Roman cross that Jesus was crucified on. In an effort to respect the distinction of those who wear the red cross in a white circle courageously every single day, ours is contained in a square. The faded, grunged, distressed, worn out look points to the realities of the battles and mess that we all face in life, and the messiness of a life committed to helping bring rescue and help to people around us. So why the red cross? Because we’ve made it our mission to live to rescue.