Dear Friends and Colleagues,I was in my local paper shop recently picking up my morning paper and as usual passing the time of day with the staff and enquiring where the boss was. As we chatted, his wife informed me that he was celebrating the Muslim festival of Eidand this has made me think of the festivals that are celebrated around this time of the year. Another one celebrated recently was Diwali, one of the biggest festival of Hindus and celebrated for five days with great enthusiasm and happiness and the third day is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or 'Festival of Lights'.
At the Annual Business Meeting in Atlanta last September it was decided to alter the Constitution to accept the proposal "That the present categories of membership are continued but an associate category be added for people interested in supporting airport chaplaincy."The Constitution now outlines 4 categories of membership as listed here:
Congratulations to Stockholm's Arlanda Team as they celebrate their 20th Anniversary.
Five fine airport chaplains: Mikael Lahiri, Susan Franck, Brita Bergling, Helena Lindstrom and David B. The airport Chapel at Arlanda would not be the OASIS it is today without them.
Stockholm's Arlanda Airport Chapel, Sweden, will celebrate its 20th Anniversary (1993-2013) on Friday, December 20th. Archbishop Anders Wejryd, Airport Manager Director Kjell-Åke Westin and former Airport Chaplains will honor the celebration with their presence. Congratulations to our colleagues at ARN!
Rev. Heinz Goldkuhle, SAC, a Pallotine priest, is the new Catholic chaplain at Frankfurt Airport, who started his ministry on December 1, 2013. We welcome him and wish him all the best as he continues a great tradition of service at Frankfurt.
Please remember Keith Banks at Glasgow Airport in your prayers as he ministers there following the recent helicopter tragedy in the City. It has impacted on the airport considerably as staff have had family involved. The airport is a close community and the impact is such that so many want and need to talk. Keith would value and appreciate your prayers at this time as he gives all the support he can.
The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople convened on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, elected His Grace Athenagoras of Sinope (till then assistant bishop) to fill the vacancy in the Metropolis of Belgium.
"Over many years there has been much discussion about the value of tourism to underdeveloped countries. When tourists visit an affluent country there seems to be a mutual benefit to both. There is often a similar cultural history, social values and mostly all the facilities normally demanded by tourists. Poorer nations lack this infrastructure and often divert money from social projects to enhance the life of their own people to serve the needs of the foreign tourists. Mass commercialized tourism to underdeveloped countries can be quite destructive. Studies have isolated four specific problem areas found in varying degrees in all Third World tourist destinations.
As airport chaplains we see so many people leaving for overseas holidays and from time to time the thought must enter our heads about the footprint these holidaymakers are leaving on their destination. Some years ago a code of ethics for tourists was developed by a group of church leaders at a conference in Asia and their list is well worth thinking about.
A Code Of Ethics For Tourists:
The new Chapel and Prayer Room at Indianapolis Airport has now been dedicated. If you are passing through Indianapolis make sure you stop by the Chapel to see the beautiful stain glass window featuring the IACAC logo.
Melbourne Airport Chaplaincy continues to grow and develop. This month Major Helen McClimont, a retired Salvation Army officer, began work with the Melbourne team. Helen promises to be a great asset to the team and we welcome her to airport chaplaincy.
With sadness we are informing about the death of the Rev. Wilbert Cunningham, one of the founding chaplains of the Indianapolis (IND) Airport Chaplaincy.
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