During the Paris Conference in 2016 Major Peter Hawkins presented a workshop on the skills and competencies that could be required for an airport chaplain. The Board, led by Vice President Pierre de Mareuil, has continued to work on defining those skills and competencies. At the bottom if this article there is a download-link to the most recent version of that work. The original list of 60 has been grouped into two categories; Character and Competencies. Character which is related to one’s own natural ablities and personal experiences Competencies which can be acquired through training and education.
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.
Well, this is my last contribution to the IACAC newsletter as President. I shall be standing down from the IACAC Executive Board after five years: the first as Vice President alongside Deacon Lewis Rose, and four years as President alongside Pierre, Mary, Bev (who is also standing down), Chris and Stephan, and five wonderful host chaplains. I offer them my thanks and undying admiration and affection.
Unlike some other presidents, I retire without lavish pension
and lifetime Secret Service protection, but with a sense of having had a
tremendous privilege in chairing the Executive Board and engaging with
colleagues in many ways and in many situations, sharing with others the joys
and challenges of airport ministry around the world.