Dear Friends and Colleagues,
One of the many good things I have discovered since becoming IACAC President last October is the high esteem in which the International Association is widely held. This is, I'm sure, an indication of the regard, which our airport colleagues have for the work of their own chaplaincies, and is a credit to the relationships that individual chaplains have built up around their airports over many years.
Nevertheless, it is still great to hear from Airport management and staff how much they value their chaplaincy. This was particularly clear in February, during the Exec Board's meeting in Paris, when almost every member of senior management of Aéroports de Paris (and at Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports) made time to meet us and to express their excitement at our forthcoming conference in August 2016. It is clear that though the initiative may have originally come from the Paris chaplaincies, Aéroports de Paris have responded with great enthusiasm and with a desire to make the most of the presence of IACAC members from around the world in Paris for five days.
Registrations have opened for the IACAC Annual Conference to be held in Paris from 23rd August – 28th August followed by the Post Conference Tour 28th August-1st September 2016. Registration is now open HERE >>
Early bird registrations are available until 1st June for chaplains coming from countries outside Europe. The conference accommodation is in 2 of the airport hotels and they are accessible by shuttle bus from the airport terminals. The two hotels are quite close to each other. Breakfast each day will be at the hotels and other meals will be at various venues according to the program. Nights included in the conference fee are: 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, & 27th August [5 nights]. All meals but dinner on Thursday 25th August are included in the registration. Dinner on the 25th August is at your own choice and expense either during an evening free in Paris or at the hotel. The conference ends on the evening of Saturday 27th August with the Gala Dinner beginning at 7pm. The theme of this year's Gala Dinner will be "Rock N' Roll" so get out your dancing shoes and start practising.
We look forward to seeing you in Paris for what promises to be a very interesting program.
Messages of support have been sent to our colleagues in Brussels and they are very grateful for the many thoughts and prayers. The Protestant Chaplain, Rev Edwin Delen wrote on the day after the attack.
"Thank you so much for your mail. I was able to comfort the passengers who couldn't leave the airport, yesterday at the airport. My colleague Michel Gaillard was able to be with the passengers just outside the airport. So many nationalities and religions packed together, even praying and waiting in solidarity. Greetings from Brussels."
Our good wishes are still with Mrs Bev McNeely from Indianapolis as she continues her recovery from the extensive back surgery she underwent in February.
The British Isles and Ireland Airport Chaplains' Network will meet in Belfast City Airport on Tuesday 26th April. They are looking forward to an interesting and productive time together.
Sydney Airport is very pleased to welcome their new chaplain. Major Margaret O'Neill of the Salvation Army has recently taken up the position as coordinating chaplain. We congratulate her on the appointment.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The thoughts and prayers of Executive Board and all members of the International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains are with those who have been killed, injured or affected in any way by the apparent terrorist attacks at Brussels Zaventem Airport, and on the city of Brussels Metro System. We pay tribute the response of airport and airline staff, and the emergency services in supporting the injured and all those traumatised by these events. Belgium's motto is L'union fait la force - Unity makes strength, and so we stand in union with our sisters and brothers in Brussels, as we do with all those around the world who suffer the scourge of violence and terrorism.
Also please hold in your prayers the the families and friends of the 62 people killed when Flydubai FZ981 crashed on landing at Rostov On Don Airport in Russia.
Rev George Lane, IACAC President
Below you may download the Subsidy Application Form for Paris Conference. You are reminded that a subsidy is only for the Conference Fee. It cannot be for the cost of travel to the Conference, or any of the cost of the Post-Conference Tour. Therefore, a member receiving a Subsidy will be ineligible to participate in the Post-Conference Tour unless it can be demonstrated that the cost of the Tour is being provided by a third party.
If you consider you are eligible for a subsidy you must apply on the Subsidy Application Form available from the Secretary, and provide the supporting authority from your Church Leader.
The Board does not have funds to support every application. It is necessary for applicants to submit their requests to the President on this Form by 15 July 2016 before the Conference, so that the Board may consider all requests in the fairest way possible. All applications are treated with confidence. The Board's decision is final and not open to examination.
You can download the Subsidy Application WORD Form HERE >>
You can download the Subsidy Application PDF Form HERE >>
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Le 49ème Congrès annuel de la IACAC se tiendra à Paris du 23 au 28 août prochain sur le thème : « Les aéroports, carrefours d'humanité, de cultures et de religions »
L'actualité internationale a mis ces dernières années le fait religieux sur le devant de la scène. L'Irak, la Syrie, le Nigéria, le Mali, le Yémen, la Tunisie et bien d'autres lieux encore dont bien sûr Paris ont été le triste théâtre d'attentats terroristes qui ont interpellé le monde entier. Cependant, le fait religieux ne doit pas se limiter à des commentaires sur des faits dramatiques. Le dialogue entre les confessions religieuses se développe aussi et devient un élément essentiel du « vivre ensemble ».
Les aéroports, « carrefours du monde », sont des lieux de rencontres entre toutes les cultures et les religions. Leurs aumôneries se révèlent être des espaces privilégiés d'échanges entre hommes et femmes du monde entier. Les aumôniers portent de ce fait toute leur considération sur les questions soulevées par la pluralité des chemins spirituels. Le trafic aérien continue de se développer et suscite par conséquent une augmentation des demandes de services religieux. La tâche des aumôniers d'aéroport devient ainsi plus complexe.
The 49th IACAC annual Conference will take place in Paris from 23 to 28 August 2016 on the theme "Airports: human, cultural and religious crossroads"
International current events of the past few years have thrust the phenomenon of religion into the limelight. Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Mali, Yemen, Tunisia and many other places including Paris have been the theater of terrorist attacks which have appalled and challenged the whole wide world.
Less in the know however, is the dialog that has been developing between the world religions that is a vital element in learning to live together in peace.
One of the strengths of IACAC is the breadth of its membership with each chaplaincy bringing different experiences and, through our collective sharing, the understandings of all members are widened. Please encourage all members of your chaplaincy team to join IACAC either as active or associate members. If each of us encouraged at least one other member of our chaplaincy to join IACAC our collective knowledge and skills will grow even more. Let us adopt as our motto "Each One Bring One"
We have so much we can learn together from each other
We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.