This afternoon, the 54th Annual Conference was opened by the President of the IACAC, Rev. Pierre de Mareuil, and the team of the host chaplaincy in Nairobi, Kenya. This conference marks the first hybrid conference in which delegates can participate either on-site oder online.
If you have missed the opening ceremony, you can watch it here:
Please note that there have been some changes to the programme of the IACAC Conference in Nairobi. The Annual Business Meeting has been moved from Thursday, October 21st, to Tuesday, October 19th, 11:00-14:00 UTC.
As we approach our annual conference with the perspective of meeting a few colleagues in Nairobi plus many more online, I’ve been thinking of how we, as airport chaplains, have been going through this pandemic and global crisis since the beginning of 2020. One thing that struck me for most of 2020 was the strong impression that we were in this together. The planet and humanity as a whole was facing the same struggle and was traumatized by the abruptness of the tens and hundreds of thousands of death, the lockdowns and, regarding the aviation industry the closing of terminals and airports. None of us could have imagined such a thing a few months before this terrible crisis. Living the same situation at the same time made us realize that we really were in the same boat and how much our globalized world is interdependent. It also gave us a sense of a need to get closer to one another and we multiplied the opportunities for zoom meetings and phone calls at the local, regional or international level. We’ve actually never seen each other as much as during this extremely strange time and it has been a wonderful way to connect with new colleagues or colleagues we had never met before.
Looking forward to next year, our annual IACAC conference will be in London hosted by the London Heathrow team. In early September our President, Pierre de Maurei,l met with the Heathrow team to discuss their conference planning.
Date – Sunday 11th September –Friday 16th September 2022
Proposed Theme – Equipped For the Journey Ahead.
Post Conference Tour – Saturday 17th September- Wednesday 21st September 2022 to the historic south coast of England.
This year’s annual conference takes place in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd October 2021. The conference venue is the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. You can still sign up for online participation