Reports from World YWCA international consultations. The World YWCA hosts consultations to study specific topics or set of topics, often in cooperation with other groups. The goal of these consultations is to stimulate discussion, examine a complex issue and develop recommendations or strategies for further exploration. Consultations do not set policy or seek to develop specific policies. "An Open Door" is the report and discussion guide of a consultation in Kandy, Ceylon concerning the religious organization in countries that are not predominantly Christian. This consultation, held in conjunction with the World YMCA, explores the role of the Christian in these countries, the effect on specific functions and policies and how Christian organizations should approach their role in these countries based on the teachings of the Bible and their own experience. Another consultation held in conjunction with the World YMCA, "Consultation on Ecumenical Policy and Practice for Lay Christian Movements," examines the relationships between the YWCA and the YMCA and churches. "The Impact of Secondary Education on Young People," is the report of the World YWCA's consultation with the World Christian Youth Commission to study the importance of secondary education to youth around the world and the role their organizations play in secondary education programs.
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World YWCA, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.
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