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A-Z: General definitions: YMCA
DefinitionAbbreviation for Young Men's Christian Association. The YMCA was formed in London in 1844 as a body of young men committed to winning their friends to faith in Christ. The organisation also runs recreational and relief work. During the world wars, the YMCA provided for the needs of soldiers, the wounded and prisoners-of-war. Today it has an elaborate network of hostels, clubs, cafeterias, gymnasia, vocational training centres and holiday homes. The YWCA was founded in 1855, with activities parallel to its brother organisation.
Name originally given to disciples of Jesus by outsiders and gradually adopted by the Early Church.
1. The human body, viewed positively in the Bible because it has been made by God though it can be vulnerable to temptation. 2. Term used of the church, 'the Body of Christ'. 3. In Holy Communion the bread is also called the Body of Christ.
Belief and trust in someone or something.
Title (eventually used as name) given to Jesus, refering to an anointed person set apart for a special task such as a king.
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