The NACUC logo is a Tree of Life is because it is a symbol used in many religious and philosophical traditions.


The tree bound to a book suggests the nature of our work to foster the relationships between religious and spiritual traditions and communities of study and learning.

  • Buddhism: The tree of life suggests the bodhi tree--the “still point of the turning world”--beneath which the Buddha understood the nature of suffering and achieved enlightenment.
  • Judaism: The Torah “is a tree of life to those who hold fast on it”--a constant and enlightening source of knowledge leading to flourishing of the human spirit and cultivating its divine essence.

  • Christianity: In Christian scripture from Genesis to Revelation the tree of life endures as an image of life and promise and “...the leaves of the tree serve for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:2)
  • Native Peoples' Traditions: The tree can represent the spirit of the universe who protects human life; the spreading roots provide foundation, while the branches and leaves offer security to all creation.
  • Islam: The tree is mentioned in the Qur'an as a symbol of Islam, with its roots set firmly on the earth and its branches in heaven, and giving fruit at every season by God's mercy and compassion.