Manchester Airport has made six new additions to its chaplaincy team, including its first female Christian chaplain along with two Muslim chaplains – a male and a female – along with a male Sikh colleague. The Chaplaincy Manchester Airport was established in 1980 to represent all Christian denominations and today has evolved to support Manchester Airport’s customers and staff, whatever their faith tradition. The 16-strong team includes Jewish, Muslim and Christian Chaplains from a number of denominations.The Revd George Lane, Coordinating Chaplain at Manchester Airport, said: “We welcome, work with and support people of all faiths (and no religious faith) to provide support through spiritual, pastoral and humanitarian care for all people within, and beyond, the airport community. On a daily basis the key elements of the role we play is to identify, understand, and share in the issues that affect the thousands of people who work here and the millions of people who travel through here every year.
“As the airport continues to grow – both in terms of increased passengers and the number of people who work on site – so does the Chaplaincy. These latest appointments will bring new faith traditions to the chaplaincy team and further help us to provide more effective support to Manchester Airport’s diverse mix of passengers, visitors and colleagues.”
Muslim chaplain Assia Shah added: “I’m passionate about promoting community cohesion and religious understanding. Whilst we all have our differences, it’s important to respect an individual’s faith.
“I’m delighted to be joining the Chaplaincy Team at Manchester Airport and look forward to developing my knowledge and skills within the field of Chaplaincy.”