The ICMA Consultation which took place in Vitoria in November 2008 was an historic moment for ecumenism in Brazil. ICMA members reached an agreement on working together for seafarers. In future, maritime ministry in Brazil will be managed by an ecumenical committee representing all the ICMA members active in the region.
The agreement is the result of a long period of negotiation. This was brokered by Mr Douglas B. Stevenson, Director of Policy, Advocacy & Law of the Seamen’s Church Institute in New York, a co-opted member of ICMA.
Further meetings of the Brazil Committee will be held in 2009 with a regional conference planned for February 2010. The ICMA Executive Committee will be asked to consider accepting Brazil as an administrative region in its own right. This is due to the vastness of the country and its linguistic differences with its neighbours.