The Young Men’s Christian Associations seek to unite those young men who,regarding Jesus Christ as their God and Saviour,according to the Holy Scriptures,desire to be His Disciples in their faith and in their life,and to associate their efforts for the extension of His Kingdom amongst young men.
THE KAMPALA PRINCIPLES
1.To work for equal opportunity and justice for all.
2.To work for and maintain an environment in which relationships among people are characterised by love andunderstanding.
3.to work for and maintain conditions,within the YMCA and in society,its organisations and institutions,which allow for honesty,depth and creativity.V 4.To develop and maintain leadership and programme patterns which exemplify the varieties and depth of Christian experience.
5.T0 work for the development of the whole person.
Sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and striving for spiritual,intellectual and physical well-being of individuals and wholeness of communities. Empowering all,especially young people and women to take increased responsibilities and assume leadership at all levels and working towards an equitable society. Advocating for and promoting the rights of women and upholding the rights of children. Fostering dialogue and partnership between people of different faiths and ideologies and recognizingthe cultural identities of people and promoting cultural renewal. Committing to work in solidarity with the poor,dispossessed,uprooted people and oppressed racial,religious and ethnic minorities. Seeking to be mediators and reconciliers in situations of conflict and working for meaningful participation and advancement of people for their own self-determination.
Defining God’s creation against all that would destroy it and preserving andprotecting the earth’s resources for coming generations.To face these challenges,the YMCA will develop patterns of co-operation at all levels that enable self-sustenance and self-determination.
The Indian YMCA is committed to strive for a just society where oppression,exploitation and denial of life is confronted and transformed.It believes in the sanctity of all life and preservation of all God’s creations.It stands for renewal and reconciliation in broken communities.
The 'Red Triangle', the most popular and universal symbol of the YMCA was invented by Luther Halsey Gulick (1865-1918) in 1891 at Springfield College of Physical Education to provide the rationale and philosophical orientation needed to place physical education in its proper perspective in the YMCA programmes as a whole, which otherwise had so far emphasized only the spiritual and mental well-being of young people. Gulick believed that the equilateral triangle was an appropriate symbol for portraying the work of the YMCA, because it indicated the threefold nature of man- mind, body and spirit.
In selecting the Triangle, Gullick had thought of an emblem that would "stick right out" and would not be confused with the Red Cross, but at the same time serve as a symbol that would look well on sweaters, letterheads and as a sign on building. Students at Springfield College accepted the Triangle as their official emblem when they first published their school paper in the winter of 1890-91. In March 1891 the trustee of the College officially adopted the Triangle. Gulick made every effort to popularize the symbol and to make it acceptable. He introduced the proposal for the adoption of the inverted Triangle as the YMCA symbol at the National Conventions held in Philadelphia in 1889, and in Kansas in 1891. It was voted down on both occasions. In 1895 at the Springfield convention, the Triangle was atleast approved by 182 voting for and 56 against the proposal authorizing the preparation of the Triangle as YMCA badge.
"The triangle stands, not for body or mind or spirit, but for the man as a whole. It does not aim to express these distinct divisions, but to indicate that the individual, while he may have different aspects, is a unit. Thus with the individual man, he is not a body and a mind and a spirit, but a wonderful result of their union, something entirely different from any single aspect of himself". The triangle stands for the symmetrical man, each part developed with reference to the whole, and not merely with reference to itself.
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