chaplains who were able to travel to Melbbourne for the annual IACAC
conference found themselves challenged to think about diversity in
our world and how it is reflected in our airports. There was much to
consider and reflect upon as well as renew old friendships and make
new ones. Conference presentations and photos have been uploaded to
the Members Section of the website and are available for members to
Gonzalez, Protestant chaplain at Paris-Orly airport (ORY) sent the
following reflection on a workshop held at the conference:
to recharge your batteries in an airport when you work there? This
was the question asked at one of the workshops during the Melbourne
Conference. How do you renew your spiritual strength? One of the
chaplains does Yoga, another one takes time to contemplate the planes
taking off in sundown.
During the IACAC Annual Business Meeting held at Melbourne Conference the new Executive Board was elected and installed.
President: Rev. Pierre de Mareuil (CDG, FR) Vice-President: Deacon David Reiser (CLT, USA) Treasurer: Rev. Romeo Dabee (JFK, USA) Media Officer: Rev. Stephan Pfenninger Schait (ZRH, CH) Secretary: Miss Mary Holloway (MEL, AUS)
Nominations were also received for the election of a new Secretary at the Nairobi Conference in 2020. Deacon Jim Martin for St Louis was nominted by Deacon David Reiser and seconded by Canon Liz Hughes. As his nomination was the only one received, Deacon Jim will be elected unopposed as Secretary in Nairobi.
We are now in the final month of preparation for this year’s IACAC Conference. We are looking forward to welcoming all those who are going to travel to Melbourne from far distant lands to join us for a week of fellowship and learning.
Our theme: Diversity – Celebrating Difference as a Gift has
certainly got our speakers fired up and I think we can look forward to being
inspired and challenged through their presentations.
Sadly, due to a change in her role within the airport, the Rev Donna Mote has withdrawn her nominations for the positions of president and vice president. As the Rev Pierre de Mareuil has also nominated for the positions of president and vice president, the Constitution provides for nominations to be received from the floor for both positions during the Annual Business Meeting in Melbourne.
A member does not have to be present at the Annual Business Meeting to be nominated but it is desirable that members have an opportunity to learn about them and what they can offer the Association. Only 2019 financial members are eligible to vote in the election and members who are not present at the Annual Business Meeting can vote by proxy. Proxy voting application forms are available from the Treasurer. Any member who is holding proxy vote for another member may only hold a maximum of two proxy votes.
ask members to think and pray on this matter. Nomination forms are
available from the Secretary for the position of president and vice
president for election in 2019 and the receipt of nominations for
secretary to be elected in 2020.
Airport chaplaincy has a long and varied history in
Australia and New Zealand. The first chaplaincies began in Melbourne and Sydney
as part of industrial mission then spread to the other airports around
Australia and across the Tasman to Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand. Since
the early 1970’s Australian airport chaplains have regularly attended IACAC
conferences and played an active part in the Association hosting a total of
five conferences to date. This year the October conference will be the sixth
held in Australia and fifth in Melbourne.