Our thought and prayers are with the families and friends of the deceased and wounded at Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida. We continue to pray for the passengers, cabin crews and airport employees, including our colleagues who respond to the emergency.
During December the chaplains at Tampa International Airport have a supply of miniature candy canes. These are given to employees and passengers at the airport. One of the car rental agents asked if we only gave them out at Christmas and since I had some extra candy canes I gave him one every Monday when I made rounds. He would always note, "It's Deacon Joe, It must be Monday" as I presented him with a candy cane. This year on December 12, 2016 he motioned to me to wait until he finished serving a customer. Then he reached under the counter and presented me with a large candy cane saying that he had saved all the miniature candy canes and made them into one large one. We all had a great laugh. Gifts given in love are multiplied many times.
PS. Tampa ministry gives out over 1200 candy canes altogether to passengers and airport workers during the month of December.
It is important to make a difference in the world. It is important to help people, but we have to start with ourselves. If you are looking outside yourself to find out where you fit in or how you can create an impact, stop and look inside yourself instead.
It's that time of the year when we review things and so let us review ourselves, our current lifestyle, what makes us feel alive. Then nurture these and make positive adjustments until we can no longer contain them, enabling us to move and grow beyond our current circumstances.
As someone said: Don't limit yourself, many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe you can achieve
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The month of December has been a time of celebration for people of a number of different faiths. Earlier in the month on December the 8th those of the Buddhist faith celebrated Bodhi day. Some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of Enlightenment on this day under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya. North India. So Peace and Greetings to all our Buddhist Chaplains.
Preparation and planning are well under way for our 2017 conference in Stockholm. This conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of IACAC and is from the 10th to 15th September and the post conference tour is the 15th September to the 19th September. Make sure you put the dates in your diary for next year and join us in Stockholm. IACAC conferences always remind us how much Airport chaplaincy is appreciated by host airports, their managers and colleagues. Next year we will be celebrating 50 years of airport chaplains meeting together to support one another. The theme of the conference will be "Facing the Future", and, despite an apparent resurgence of isolationism and return of nationalism, our global interconnectedness can only continue to increase, and the role of airports and of airport chaplaincy become more important and significant than ever. Visit HERE>> for more information - and book early!
Each year members are encouraged to pay their annual dues and keep their membership up to date. The membership financial year is from the 1st January to the 31st December. Payments made at the annual conference should be for the next year and should be made in American Dollars. If you are currently behind in the payment of your membership, please follow the link on the home page to make your payment. Members are asked to make every effort to pay their annual subscriptions by the 31st March. Reminders will be sent to members early in 2017.
The Rev Howie Adan from London Heathrow is very interested in receiving copies of any Memorandums of Understandings or Agreements chaplaincies may have with their airports to provide chaplaincy services within the airport. He is hoping to write a paper and construct an organisational chart on how chaplaincy works.
Elections for the position of President, Vice President, Secretary and Media Officer will be held at the 2017 Conference to be held in Stockholm next September.
The following nominations were received at the Paris Business meeting for these positions:
Much discussion took place within the Business Meeting as to whether this position should be one of appointment rather than election. The Board was asked to discuss this matter and make a recommendation to the Association.
A new 'Members Only' section has been added to our website at members.iacac.info. Members are able to access this section by logging on using the logon name and password which has now been sent to them by email. This access is only available to members who have paid or pay their 2017 membership subscription before the 31st March 2017. Members are invited to upload photos, news, pictures and articles of interest to share with others.
Mark the date in your diary now. The 2017 IACAC Conference will be held in Stockholm on the 10th to the 15th September. The theme of the conference will be" Facing The Future" This will be a very important occasion as it marks the 50th anniversary of the IACAC and many preparations are underway to celebrate our Golden Jubliee. One such activity will be the compilation of stories of 50 years chaplaincy in airports around the world. A book was also produced to celebrate the 25th anniversary and that will be reproduced in the first half of 50th anniversary book.
Chaplains are invited to send a good short story and photos if possible, about experiences within your chaplaincies. The Rev Unni Franck from Stockholm, who is compiling this commemorative book, asks for the following:
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.
James D Miles