Port chaplains from East Asia join representatives of ICMA member organisations working together for seafarers
Three important events took place last week: the ICMA Annual General Meeting, the Consultative Forum, and the East Asia Regional Conference. ICMA general secretary, Rev Hennie la Grange joined representatives of the 28 ICMA member organisations and more than 20 port chaplains from all over the East Asia region in Penang, Malaysia.
The focus of the East Asia Conference, 21-24 September, was self-care for chaplains and ministry to fishers. The conference was addressed by Dr Marion Gibson, respected academic and valued ICMA partner. Dr Gibson presented a course entitled “Looking after others by looking after ourselves”, accredited by Respond Training. Father Bruno Ciceri delivered a presentation on the development of the ILO Convention on working in the fishing industry. Rev la Grange presented an update on ICMA activity and ministries, highlighting the ICMA website and directory.
Election of Regional Coordinator
Fr Victor Labao was elected as the new ICMA regional coordinator for East Asia. Fr Vic, of Apostleship of the Sea, is port chaplain in Cebu, Philippines. Chaplains of the East Asia region warmly thanked Rev Martina Platte who has acted as regional coordinator for the past two years at the request of the Executive Committee.
The gathering of Christian faith-based port welfare workers held on June 29 and 30 in Chennai, India, has been billed “the beginning of a new journey in the maritime history [of] India”. The meeting was held under the banner of the “Ecumenical Maritime Ministry of India (EMMI)”.
The next Annual General Meeting of ICMA will take place in Penang, Malaysia, 26 September 2010.
The date and location of the AGM were confirmed by the ICMA Executive Committee which met in London last week. Other events are also scheduled to take place around the AGM. These include the East Asia regional conference, Consultative Forum and Mission to Seafarers regional meeting. For a full list, see the ICMA events calendar.
All ICMA member organisations are invited to send representatives to the AGM and Consultative Forum. Further information will be made available on this website in the coming weeks.