It was a special meeting, one that was not planned but with consequences. Meeting Steve Clay, CEO of YMCA Black Country Group (then called West Bromwich YMCA), England at the 2010 World Council was "accidental". Today I am convinced that it was initiated by the Holy Spirit. The exchange over lunch about the identity of the YMCA and the spiritual roots of our movement inspired both of us and led to the establishment of "UNIFY", an open network for European YMCAs.
The aim of UNIFY is to strengthen the Christ-centered work in the YMCA, as it is expressed in the Paris base (1855), and to exchange ideas about it. The first UNIFY conference took place in January 2012 in Northampton, England, others followed in 2014 in Görlitz and in 2016 on Hasliberg in Switzerland.
To worship God, to understand the calling of the YMCA more deeply, to gain inspiration for local work, to meet brothers and sisters from other countries and to pray for one another, are all essential contents of the conferences. In August 2015 a Youth UNIFY Camp took place in Lublin, Poland for the first time with 120 participants from 8 countries.
Chief Executive Officer
YMCA Black Country Group