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Young Men's Christian Association.

Founded in London, June 6, 1844, by G. Williams.* Original purpose was to win young men to faith and love of Jesus Christ. Soon the assoc. widened its scope of work by defining its object as being “improvement of the spiritual and mental condition of young men.” Associations were est. in Montreal and Boston 1851 and in New York 1852. The New York assoc. in 1886 stated its objective to be “the improvement of the spiritual, mental, social, and physical condition of young men.” This broad definition of the aim of the YMCA became characteristic of the N. Am. assoc. as a whole. While never claiming to be a ch., the YMCA stressed its purpose of serving the ch., seeking to cooperate with all denominations. In 1922 the various branches were permitted to elect or appoint up to 10 percent of their managing bd. from members of the assoc. not identified with chs. defined as evangelical. As far as the members are concerned, the YMCA long ago abandoned the evangelical test, except as to officers, its purpose being stated in terms so broad as to eliminate religious convictions as a condition of membership. The organization does not exact any religious pledge or confession from those who simply desire to have access to its colleges, business and vocational schools, gymnasia, reading rooms, etc. TG

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