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(Aug. 14, 15 and 23) There were 350 participants.

At the first meeting of the International Committee held in Paris in August, 1855, eleven years after the founding of the YMCA, 99 young men came from America and various parts of Europe and the Colonies. George Williams was one of fifteen British delegates to attend the historic meeting where the representatives of various countries arrived at the important decision that all YMCAs in every part of the world should be one in principle and operation, preserving independence of organisation and modes of action; that first meeting of the World's Committee established the Association as a world wide organisation, adopting the Paris Basis as the criteria for admission to membership of the World's Alliance.

Centennial Declaration:

At Paris, August 1955, the following Declaration was adopted:

“The Accredited representatives of Young Men's Christian Associations in seventy countries and territories throughout the world, assembled in Paris, desire 1) To record their deep thankfulness to Almighty God for the innumerable evidences which have come to them during these unforgettable days together of their unity in Jesus Christ, which finds expression in their fellowship with one another as disciples of one Master and Lord, and in work in their Associations.

2) They recognise that this fundamental unity of life and aim has been given to them by God for the purpose of extending His Kingdom among young

men and boys, and of bringing spirit and action between all Saviour according to the Holy

about an ever increasing measure of unity of who acknowledge Jesus Christ as God and Scriptures.

3) The experiences which they

have thus had together lead them to covenant

with one another in reaffirming the Basis of the World' s Alliance as formulated and accepted in the founding Conference held in Paris one hundred years ago, and subsequently confirmed at the Jubilee Conference of the Alliance in Paris 1905.

........To form a Confederation on the following fundamental principle, such principle to be regarded as the basis of admission of other Societies in future:

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 last, and undoubtedly, the most striking feature of the Centennial was the Rally.

The vast Palais des Sports was thronged with thousands who had come from the ends of the earth for the Centennial and with an untold number of young men and women who had flocked in from France Germany, and the Low Countries, especially for this final event.

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