Estia Logo

Estia Logo

 

The following excerpt has been taken from a speech made by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos at a fundraising dinner in 2003. It gives an explanation as to the meaning and symbolism of Estia's logo and motto: Faith Love Hope.

"I am sure that you have noticed on Estia's logo three terms: Faith, Love and Hope.
I am sure, though Estia's staff have not asked me, they had not considered the importance of the way they have printed these three names. Instinctively, they have touched the central nerve of Orthodox, of Christian spirituality, FAITH LOVE HOPE. We all know that these three virtues of the Gospel are the driving force of everything in the life of a Christian: Faith, LOVE and Hope. But, the way they have printed it says something more.
They are not only the three basic virtues of the Gospel. You see, LOVE is bold (in the centre), which means LOVE is the heart of Faith and Hope.
Faith without LOVE is a dead antiquity, a dead past, a blind past, which has nothing to do with life, and Hope without LOVE is a utopia, no place, a utopian figure.
FAITH, LOVE and HOPE are, if you want, the three dimensions of time.
Faith relates us to the past. Our Faith comes from the past. It is a sanctified past.
Hope relates to the future, we have expectations for the future.
And LOVE relates to the present. Every moment in our presence and in our present is more binding than any point of Faith and Hope. It is for this reason that LOVE is GOD himself.
God has not been characterised in the Gospel as wisdom or as holiness or as of importance. God has been named by one word, only once, by St John "O Theos Agapi Esti ", God is LOVE.
For this reason, the Estia Foundation is based on LOVE.
For this reason, I congratulate them for having printed this piece in bold.
And the Estia Foundation is the triumph of LOVE within our community, here in Sydney and beyond..."
Archbishop STYLIANOS of Australia