Dear Friends and Colleagues,
In Luke's Gospel (Chapter 14) Jesus tells a story about a great banquet to which all were invited. Among the excuses for non-attendance were a recent real estate purchase and trying out five yoke of oxen, "another one said, 'I have married a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.' As excuses go, the last one is the only one that lets you off the IACAC annual conference, and so we rejoice with, and congratulate our colleague Lord Devraj Singh (London Heathrow) and his new bride Lady Rajandeep Kaur (pictured). We wish them God's blessing and every joy in their married life together.
Elections for the positions of President, Vice President and Media Officer were held during Annual Business meeting in New York.
President: Rev George Lane, Manchester,UK
Vice President: -Rev Pierre de Mareuil, CDG Paris,
Media Officer: Fr. Chris Piasta, JFK, USA
Nominations for the election to the position of Treasurer in 2016 were also received. Mrs Beverly McNeely was the only nomination received.
During the New York Conference our colleague, Frank Colladay from Atlanta Georgia, became ill and was admitted to hospital. Prayers were offered for Frank throughout the conference. Frank left the rehabilitation centre in New York City on the 2nd November and will stay with family in Oklahoma City until he can fly back to Georgia on 10th November. Please keep him in your prayers.
Rev Wina Hordijk from Schiphol, Amsterdam retired at the end of October and has left the airport to live in the north of the Netherlands. She sends her blessings and goodbyes to all her friends in IACAC. The Rev Marieke Meiring has been appointed to take her place at Schiphol. We extend a warm welcome to her and look forward to the opportunity to meet her at future conferences.
On the 17th November the East Midlands Airport Chaplaincy Team will host the British Isles and Ireland Airport Chaplains' Network. During the day presentations will focus on "Spirituality in Chaplaincy" and "Retail Chaplaincy" There will also be a visit the purpose built Prayer room in the Passenger Terminal.
Ruth Agrusa, Chair of the Board of Directors for the chaplaincy at Milwaukee (MKE), sends greetings and says that; "With God's help, I will be able to continue to work towards the future airport chapel in Milwaukee. As an update, we now have raised 67% of our budget to build the room. We are hopeful that very soon we will be able to announce that we are starting the construction process. The entire Board of Directors thanks IACAC for all of their help and expertise over the years to help us get to this point. May God richly bless all of you as you work in your airports around the world. Peace and Blessings."
Our thoughts and prayers go to the families and friends of passengers and crews of Kogalymavia flight 9268 that crashed in Egypt.
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
The smallest act of kindness is more important than the grandest intention.
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