Consider the impact of such a small thing as a neatly wrapped and lovingly presented gift for a seafarer at Christmas. ICMA recognises it’s membership as the network of those who ‘give’ in this way.
The work of seafarer ministry continues throughout the year. Like many of the seafarers who work on ships away from home and family, along with the fishers who go out in all weathers and all seasons to provide what we want and need; the chaplains and ship visitors in ports throughout the world meet the seafarer where they arrive in ports. At Christmas that opportunity to meet more often includes a small gift; a simple single thing, a simple single wrapped present for each seafarer on board.
ICMA celebrates the immense scale and value of the ministry represented in our collaborative work rooted in the core founding principles of our work going back to the foundation of ICMA in 1969 for actively pursuing together:
1. Common concerns
2. A collective voice, and
3. Collaborative working
These 3 c’s of ICMA – the common concerns, collective voice, and collaboration are the hallmarks of our work and shape our agenda as ICMA to the present day, and determine our agenda for the future.
In 2015 we have operated those principles as an association:
- Establishing the new General Secretary
- Developing better communications for the Executive Committee to meet with online video conferencing
- Amending and improving the ICMA Constitution, appointing a new accountant for the charity
- Continuing our delegations to the IMO and ILO
- Joining with the ITF Seafarers Trust to develop the Vehicle Replacement Survey 2015
- Working on our ICMA regional contacts and structures with meetings of the UK and Ireland and Brazil Regions of ICMA with new regional coordinators
- Publication of the work by Fr Bruno Ciceri and others on the plight of fishers and matters of justice for the fishing communities in ‘Fishers and Plunderers’
- Participating the world wide pilot Programme for Port Welfare Committees following MLC 2006
- Joining the NAMMA Conference with the ICMA AGM at Montreal
- Establishing a new curriculum and syllabus to deliver professional Development for Seafarer ministry with ‘online’ and ‘in-class’ delivery.
- Being joined online and at Gdynia Poland by students from North Africa, The Arabian Gulf, Rotterdam and West Africa.
- Working towards the improvement of the ‘continuity of care’ for seafarers through the development and piloting of the ICMA ‘Chaplaincy’ APP
- Looking forwards in 2016 to an innovative course to involve chaplains and ship visitors in an ‘immersion course’ on Filipino culture at Manila, Philippines in September 2016
TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS AND MEMBERS BEST WISHES