Tuesday, October 6th
10:00 – 12:00 IACAC Board Meeting (if needed)
14:00 – 18:00 Conference Registration – Hotel Lobby
18:30 – 18:45 Bus Trip to the Opening Ceremony
19:00 – 19:45 Opening Ceremony, St. Joseph Church, Jamaica, Queens
Located in close proximity to JFK Airport, this Catholic church, despite relatively small congregation cosnists of members from about 50 countries of the Caribbean/West Indies, West Africa and Europe. For more information go to www.stjjamaca.org
20:00 – 21:30 Dinner Reception
The dinner reception will feature different kinds of food shared with the church community in the Parish Hall and under a big tent (outdoors: take something warm with you)
21:45 – 22:00 Bus Trip returning to Hotel
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
There is a programme that I sometimes watch on the TV over here which is called 'Wanted down under' which is about families who are considering moving to either Australia or New Zealand, hence the name. One of the things that the programme asks of the participants in a subtle way, are they willing to let go and move on with their life. For many of them this is a big one, leaving family and friends that they have had for a lifetime. But when you consider it, this is a question that we all have to face at sometime in our life. For some this can be exciting, such as moving to a new country, or for children moving into high school or university, or maybe even starting a new job. For others it can bring sadness, the loss of close family and friends and I am sure there are many other instances that can be thought of.
For those airports which have a Chapel or Prayer Room or Meditation Centre this poem was written by Edwin [Happy] Hogg from Atlanta and given to the delegates at the 23rd Annual conference of the IACAC held in Atlanta Georgia in 1990. May it find some meaning for you.
I AM YOUR AIRPORT CHAPEL
You built me because you knew that
Your life would be incomplete and
Unfulfilled without me waiting for your flight.
My doors are open to all;
My Meditation Room rings out
The message of good will to all,
And a love of presence and availability.
I comfort your sick and sorrowing,
Bring pardon and peace to those so burdened.
Come! Pray with me! Support me and I will
Serve you at airports all over the world
All your days on this earth and beyond.
Elections for the new President and Vice President of IACAC will take place during the New York Annual Business Meeting. At the Amsterdam Annual Business Meeting nominations were accepted from the following people:
President – Rev Chester Cook [Atlanta, USA] Rev Pierre de Mareuil [CDG Paris, France], Rev George Lane [Manchester, UK]
Vice President - Rev George Lane [Manchester, UK], Rev Pierre de Mareuil [CDG Paris, France], Lord Devraj Singh Saberwal [London Heathrow, UK]
NB: However Lord Devraj Singh Saberwal will be unable to attend the New York conference and, for personal reasons, has decided to withdraw his nomination.
Rev George Lane Manchester, Rev Pierre de Mareuil, CDG Paris will be the only candidates for the position of Vice President. Media Officer Fr. Chris Piasta [JFK, USA] was the only nomination received for the position of Media Officer. So, under our Constitution, he is elected unopposed.
At the Annual Business meeting in New York nominations will be received for the position of Treasurer for election at the 2016 Conference. 2016. Our present Treasurer, Mrs Beverly McNeely, has indicated she is willing to stand for reelection.
Our thoughts and prayers were with the chaplains from Gatwick and Shoreham as they attended the recent air tragedy at Shoreham, UK. Many people were affected; spectators at the airshow, police, workers at the Airport, those living in the area, visiting pilots, the injured and the relatives of those injured or who lost their lives. Canon Jonathan Baldwin from Gatwick was in Shoreham that day, and was called in as a Sussex Police Chaplain to be available for the Police officers as they came for rests, and before they went home. He says "it was extremely harrowing". Rev Helen Rose, the Airport Chaplain at Shoreham was also there. Please pray for Helen in the ongoing work both at the Airport and in the local community and for Jonathan as he follows up with the Police who were present that day.
Arrangements are now well in hand for our annual conference in New York on 6th-10th October 2015. Registrations are to be made through our website. The conference program, an information sheet and the Post Conference Tour itinerary are also available on the IACAC website. The theme for the Gala Dinner is RED. Wear something red. If you have a national costume you would like to wear please do so.
We would like everyone who has registered or attempted to register for the IACAC 48th Annual Conference (and Tours) to verify that their names appear HERE>>. This list is up-to-date as of September 1st. If for some reason your name is NOT on the list, kindly redo the registration application online and resubmit. We have received several "errors in registration message" and confirmations without names or emergency contact information as well, so we encourage everyone to consult the website immediately. Now, in order to accommodate anyone who may have had registration trouble online and also may have been and vacation and now returning, we are extending the registration deadline through Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.
Finally, please be reminded that your registration for the Conference and/or Tour is not complete until a $200 deposit is made. Thank you very much.
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
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.
A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.