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  •  YMCA History (0+ / 0-)

    The Young Men's Christian Association ("YMCA" or "the Y") was founded on June 6, 1844 in London, England by a young man named George Williams. At the time, the organization was dedicated to putting Christian principles into practice, as taught by Jesus Christ. Young men who came to London for work were often living in squalid and unsafe conditions, and the YMCA was dedicated to replacing life on the streets with prayer and bible study.

    And today:

    The national YMCA federation in the United States expresses its mission:

    To put Christian principles in to practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all

    "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." Sen Carl Schurz 1872

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Jul 02, 2008 at 12:15:48 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you for proving my point... (0+ / 0-)

      The YMCA receives government funding (at all levels) for all types of programs from gang prevention, housing & rehab to child care and education.  Many of the programs are not so secular, ie Raggers, Bible study, Yoga & Tai Chi(yes, I included these because there is a spiritual basis) and prayer groups.

      I'll throw YMHA's, the Salvation Army, yada yada yada, into the mix as well.  I guess my point is that faith based orgs, with guidelines, can administer non-religious programming in communities where there is an absence of such support.

      I drive an '86 Volvo, I like lattes but can't afford them, I have a college degree but I'm being murdered by student loans & I need OBAMA to be my President

      by ayanna a kazana on Thu Jul 03, 2008 at 10:51:40 AM PDT

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