Putting Judeo-Christian Principles into Practice
Christian Emphasis Promise
To be committed to the YMCA Mission
To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice though programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
To bring a deliberate and determined focus to spiritual development as an integrated effort to enrich Spirit, Mind and Body of YMCA staff, volunteers and members.
To be committed in sharing the values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith with everyone.
To remind YMCA staff, volunteers and participants to fully integrate character development in all YMCA programs and membership services.
To treat all members and participants with respect and to accept people of different faiths, heritage and walks of life.
To encourage people to discover the love and compassion that is available through a personal relationship with GOD.
That they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. John 17:21
“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” – John 17:21.
The context of this passage emphasizes that followers of Christ should have such love and care for one another and for those around them that the rest of the world would believe, because of this genuine love.
The Meaning of the Emblem
The YMCA has a great history of outreach and ministry focus that is reflected in the components of the YMCA emblem. This emblem represents our history. Here are all of the component parts:
THERE ARE THE GREEK LETTERS CHI & RHO (XP)
These 2 Greek letters are the first two letters of the word Christos – meaning Christ. In early Christianity, they not only represented the name of Christ, but they represented the Church as well.
THERE IS A DOUBLE CIRCLE
One circle symbolizes the completeness and unity of the total of life and God’s created order. The other circle symbolizes a wedding ring, friendship and love without end, among individuals. Within these circles or rings, the rest of the emblem is placed.
THERE ARE TWO TRIANGLES
One standing for the trinity within the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The other, the trinity within man, that of the spirit, the mind and the body.
THERE IS THE BIBLE
It is opened to Jesus’ prayer for his disciples and followers in the book of John, chapter 17, verse 21. This scripture passage was set forth as the foundation for the YMCA.
Finally, the complete assembly of all these component parts gives the YMCA its remarkable emblem.
The "C" in the YMCA gives us clarity of purpose and a foundation for building healthy Spirit, Mind, and Body for all.
Sharing Judeo-Christian values and the YMCA Mission in all YMCA programs is our emphasis.
"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6