(*Page 54) THE CENTENNIAL MEETINGS, PARIS 16th - 22nd August 1955
To the Centennial Meetings, extending over six days, came nearly 9,000 YMCA members from every part of the world - 70 countries and territories. Delegates included members of Women's Auxiliaries; Young Men; Older Boys; and Boys' Camp Participants.
An International YMCA team thought through and wrote the Conference Study Guide "Fellow Workmen for God". Its eight main chapter titles were to become the topics of discussion for the eight sections into which the XXII WORLD'S CONFERENCE divided.
The titles were:
THE CHRISTIAN MISSION OF THE YMCA THE MEANING OF MEMBERSHIP THE DEVELOPMENT OF LEADERSHIP A PERSPECTIVE ON PROGRAMME THE YMCA, THE CHURCH AND ITS UNITY THE YMCA AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY THE YMCA IN A WORLD OF TENSION NEW HORIZONS FOR WORLD SERVICE.
ThroU8hout the world, in local groups, the questions raised in "Fellow Workmen for God" were discussed in the months preceding Paris. Delegates came with an awareness that they were taking part in a discussion of common problems which far surpassed the setting of either their local Associations or the Conference gathered in Paris. Here then was the Movement thinking and moving.
The XXII World's Conference (August 16-22) was the official centre of the entire celebrations. Its plenary sessions were held in the Palais des Sports; meetings of the fifty work groups being held in the Sorbonne or places nearby. There were 1663 delegates.
At the World Conference of YOUNG Men (August 12-22) between the ages of 18-30, there were 1708 delegates.
for young men and women
Discussions in commissions, plenary sessions and in work groups were based on the study Guide "We are not alone" and mainly followed its pattern of approach when trying to face four questions: "What is the present situation?" "What does our faith say?" "What is the YMCAs job?" "What can I do?"
The Cite Universitaire was the venue for the World's Conference of Older Bovs (including girls from the relatively few National Alliances which then sponsored work with girls). There were 1042 boys and girls present.
A World's Bovs Camp held at Le Rochetor Melun was also part of the Centennial observance. Here 204 boys between the ages of 12 and 14 with their leaders, gathered for a memorable camp experience.
In addition to these four full-length conferences, there were two shorter gatherings of special groups. One was the World Conference of YMCA Secretaries (August 12-15) the first gathering of its kind in the history of the World Movement. 873 Secretaries attended, together with many visitors. The second gathering of shorter duration was the World Conference of Y’s Men