A passenger plane crashed in the French Alps. The Germanwings 4U9525 Airbus A320 passenger jet from Barcelona to Düsseldorf had 144 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 crew members aboard. Please pray for the passengers, their families, friends and first responders. Let us pray also for Detlev Toonen and Düsseldorf Chaplaincy Team as they respond to the tragedy.
Religious Thinktank Theos, in partnership with the Cardiff-based Centre for Chaplaincy Studies, has recently published a report into the scope and impact of chaplaincy. Rev. George Lane was asked to comment on it on Radio Manchester in relation to the work of the Manchester Airport Chaplaincy Team. The document seems to represent a significant moment in the impact of chaplaincy in the public psyche.
You can download it HERE>> A Very Modern Ministry: Chaplaincy in the UK
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
There are times in the course of our work when we are invited to pass on a message or information to someone or a group of people, but there are times when what we have said changes in meaning. Knowing how to listen is an important gift, it is part of communication, when we listen to one another, communication becomes that much easier. It is very easy to get the message wrong. I recall one of my experiences when I was at sea. We were on patrol and another task came up and were requested to submit our requirement for store by radio. I passed my requirements to the radio operator as did the other departments aboard the ship. When we arrived alongside the pier to collect them it quickly became evident that that someone in the chain of communication had got it wrong. One of the items that I ordered was 50 cases of soft drinks and waiting for me was 500 cases, my colleague, the Chief Engineer, was even more perplexed. He had ordered 500 litres of lubricating oil and waiting for him was 5000 litres. It was evident that as the message crossed over the airwaves and extra nought had been added to these items as all the other parts of the orders were correct as given and received. This is why it is so important to get the message correct in the first place because as it goes from one to another it can change.
The next meeting of British Isles and Ireland Airport Chaplains Network will be on the 28th April as the guests of the Manchester Airport Chaplaincy. If you are a member of this Network please put the date in your diary to be present. Nominations are also open for a new network coordinator for election at that meeting.
The IACAC Board held their meeting from the 25th- 27th February in New York. It was very productive meeting and much was achieved during the three days. The Board was very grateful for the warm welcome given to them by our hosts, Rev Romeo Dabee and Fr Chris Piasta. The evaluations from the 2014 Amsterdam Conference were reviewed and recommendations noted for the planning of future conferences. Our hosts, the Chaplains from JFK, presented their plans for the 2015 Conference to be held in New York, 6-10th October. Matters which arose at the Amsterdam Annual Business meeting were also discussed. Better ways to support and increase our membership were explored. One whole day was spent reviewing all sections of the Constitution to ensure its current relevance to our Association. A number of changes were recommended and will need voting on at the next Annual Business meeting to be held during the New York Conference. These changes will be circulated with the Annual Business Meeting papers to allow all members time to consider them. A decision was also made to survey all chaplains using Survey Monkey for their views on the Association and support they would like to see the Association provide. The link to the survey will be sent out as soon as possible but probably early in April.
Planning is well in hand for our annual conference to be held in New York from the 6th to 10th October this year. Make sure you have the date in your diary to attend. Our host chaplain, Rev Romeo Dabee, and his team are working hard to ensure costs are kept as low as possible whilst still maintaining high standards of comfort and care. The theme of this year's conference is "Bridging The World". New York is often described as one of the most diverse cities of the world with people from many countries, cultures, languages and religions exist side by side. Airports can also be described as diverse environments where people working there have to detach themselves from what they know, understand and believe to serve people whose customs are often quite different and sometimes quite challenging from their own. This requires the development of a level of sensitivity. Presentations during the conference will attempt to explore this diversity and multiculturalism.
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
Some of the points made in the Paper presented by Dr Denis Leclerc from the Thunderbird School of Global Management to the IACAC Phoenix Conference in 2010. Cross cultural and global communication-airports are nobody's culture but everybody's culture. Airports are warm, safe and have food outlets for those stranded there.
Annual membership subscriptions are due on the 1st January 2015 and the financial year is from 1st January to the 31st December 2015. Payment of the membership subscription should be made through the IACAC website. Annual membership for active members is US$60. The membership subscription for Associate members is $30 with no voting rights for those who would like it. Please continue to support your Association by paying your annual subscription as soon as you are able. Thank you to those members who have already paid, either at the Amsterdam conference or through the website.
Do your little bit of good where you are;
it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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