At the first meeting of the City Council for the newly formed Zion, Illinois in 1902, the Reverend John Alexander Dowie presented the city with a proposed corporate seal. Rev. Dowie had created a shield draped by a ribbon reading, “God Reigns” within a circle of the words, “Corporate Seal” and “City of Zion.” Under the ribbon were four images, one of a cross, the others were of a dove, a sword, and a crown.
As he presented the seal to the newly formed City Council of Zion, he did so with this explanation:
I ask you to accept (this seal) and use it reverently. Let no hand ever hold this lever and put this seal to anything that God does not approve. Let the officer who uses this seal feel, as he pulls this lever and makes this impression, “God reigns,” that the document must be such a one as God approves.
Dowie did not leave the chosen symbols to suspect meaning. Before the City Council unanimously accepted his proposal, he explained the meaning of each: [Read more...]
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Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.