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Ecumenism

Ecumenism

ecumenismThe Apostleship of the Sea often establishes Stella Maris Seafarers' Centres of its own, while at other times it combines with other Christian churches in establishing ecumenical Seafarers' Centres in all the world's major ports.

In 1969 the Apostleship of the Sea was one of the founding members of The International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA). Other founding members included:

  • Dutch Seafarers' Mission
  • Lutheran Maritime Mission
  • Mission to Seafarers
  • British and International Sailors' Society (now the Sailors' Society)

Today there are now 26 member societies which together offer care and hospitality to seafarers around the world. ICMA on behalf of it members, liaises with organisations such as the International Transport Federation and the International Shipping Federation. ICMA now holds NGO status at the International Labour Organisation and International Maritime Organisation, both part of the United Nations.

The ICMA encourage chaplains and members to:

  • show an unconditional love to the seafarer, created in the image of God, and a sincere respect to his personal values and beliefs.
  • serve all seafarers and their dependants regardless of nationality, religion, culture, language, gender or race.
  • fight prejudice, injustice and intolerance of any kind.

Photograph: Mgr Jacques Harel, Apostleship of the Sea; Revd Sakari Lehmuskallio, Finnish Seamen's Mission; & Revd Berend van Dijken, Nederlandse Zeemanscentrale; taken Apostleship of the Sea World Congress Rio Brazil 2002.

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. Ephesians 4:3-6

 

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