Archive for August, 2011


The inner historian inside of me has sparked my next round of thoughts on UNITY. Spending the last little while thinking about the year 1996, specifically that period between April and May when so much happened here in our archeparchy: UNITY 1996, of course, sandwiched in with the deaths of both Fr. Yarapolk Radkevych and Archbishop Maxime Hermaniuk, I realized that it was 15 years ago that all took place.

I was certainly not aware of UNITY 1996; I still had my childhood notions of becoming pope, and I have begun to think that we have truly entered the second wave of young adults to be touched by UNITY.

I have realized this in talking with some of the veterans of UNITY 1996: Tamara, our director, all of the priests: Fr. Soo, Fr. Darren, Fr. Mark, Fr. Mike (I’m not even sure if they were all priests then). And what I have gotten in talking to these people is that there was a spirit (the Holy Spirit of course) that rolled with UNITY 1996, if they call it the “Spirit of ‘76” for the American Revolution, I think it is more than apt that we call it the “Spirit of ‘96” for UNITY. I also believe that if UNITY 2012 is going to be successful we are going to need to catch some of that “Spirit of ‘96”.

Because UNITY 1996 was truly an “into the wild” experience; there was no precedent, there were no expectations to live up to, it was the first of its kind. I am going to come back to the American Revolution again, because the parallels are remarkable. The veterans of UNITY 1996 are much like the founding fathers of theUnited States of America, they set the table for great things to come. But I will note that there was an interluding period of close to 15 years (funny how that came up again) before the U.S.A. had the structures in place to head on its path to what it is today; in a sense, they were trying to find there way in the wilderness.

So I see us today at that point of being ready to take off, having spent a decade and a half growing, transforming and refining what UNITY is. The upcoming generation of youth, like myself, scarcely remember 1996, nevermind UNITY 1996. There is even a good chance they would not have heard about UNITY 2004, 2006 or 2009 (I personally found out about UNITY in 2007), so I do not think it is a stretch to say that people do not really know what we are about. But, much like the Founding Fathers, we know what we are about.

Every generation must pass the torch to the next, always hoping to have the flame going a little brighter when it is passed. So let us infuse some of that “Spirit of ‘96” into UNITY 2012 and send forth the next generation; my generation, your generation, OUR generation: “into the wild.”

 

AK

 

Andrew’s Thoughts for Thursday

(an opinion piece put out every Thursday, time permitting)

July 28 – Acronym of UNITY

August 4 – Bridging the Gap

August 11 – Choices

 

August 17 – Towards the Tangible

Andrew’s On the Road(show)

(Recaps and thoughts after every parish tour)

Introduction – Tuesday July 26, 2011: UNITY!?!?

Travis Taylor Talks to the WYD Pilgrims in Spain

To see this video on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150342227235490&saved

To see this video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7s1SrkkY_Y

Video: Andrew is lost in the chancery again…

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To see this video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmhTHRQ1my0

I think UNITY is pretty attractive idea. That has been made clear this week. First, the views on our webpage have gone through the roof. Secondly, someone new has decided to join Travis, Tamara, David and I at our lengthy video making sprees: Raisa.

So UNITY is growing in popularity, that’s evident; people at the Kiev Pavilion mentioned all week that they were going to be watching our videos at the first opportunity.

However, the next step, is turning page views into people; turning hype into a healthy church; turning followers on Twitter to followers of Christ. So we need to move forward – we need to take the next step to form that “critical mass” that Fr. Soo mentions – and take UNITY beyond evening entertainment, to take it to the tangible.

That’s the new mission; we have effectively gotten the word out to more and more people already, now we just need them to take that active step, a step that takes more than just a click. So take that next step, Raisa did tonight. And you can to.

So get involved, we would be more than happy to have you.

 

I kept it short tonight so you wouldn’t get too bored. And please, join us at Cook’s Creek this weekend for pilgrimage.

 

Andrew

 

Andrew’s Thoughts for Thursday

(an opinion piece put out every Thursday, time permitting)

July 28 – Acronym of UNITY

August 4 – Bridging the Gap

 

August 11 – Choices

Andrew’s On the Road(show)

(Recaps and thoughts after every parish tour)

Introduction – Tuesday July 26, 2011: UNITY!?!?

 

Raisa Baluta & Travis Taylor Talk on the Winnipeg Summer Storm!

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To see the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KE0x7tCKTNw

Video: Travis Taylor Talks…On Our Sloohai Fundraiser

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Fr Mark Gnutel Talks on Unity 2012

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To see it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3ptdlArEW4

Travis Taylor invites you to Unity 2012!

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To see the video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7WowsVOieo

The Unity Team would like everyone to know that we will be selling tickets to our Unity Fundraiser at the Pilgrimage at the Immaculate Conception Parish of Cooks Creek this weekend!  If you have not picked up your tickets yet, then this would be a great time to visit us at the Unity 2012 Booth and get them!  See below for more information on the fundraiser.  Also please note that we have a sale on now of buy 9 tickets, get 1 free! 
The times we will be there selling from are: Friday, Aug 19, from 5pm to 10:30pm ~ Saturday, Aug 20 from 3pm to 8pm ~ Sunday, Aug 21 from 8am to 1pm.  For more information, please visit our web site at: https://unity2012.wordpress.com/fundraisers/ 
 
 
“A Night for Unity” Concert
 
The “Night for Unity” concert on September 10, 2011 is a fundraising and public awareness event in support of Unity 2012, a national gathering of Ukrainian Catholic Young Adults inPinawa,MBthat will take place August 16-19 of next year. Immaculate Conception Parish of Cooks Creek Manitoba has graciously allowed the Ukrainian Catholic Youth and Young Adults  the use of their grounds for the concert, which will feature the lively and entertaining band Sloohai. There will also be opportunities to tour the historic church and grotto and to learn more about the history of Unity and its purpose. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and are available by calling 338-7801 ext. 2. Come and join us for a fun-filled evening in support of our Ukrainian Catholic Young Adults.
 
Unity 2012: One Year Away
By Tamara Lisowski, Archeparchial Youth and Young Adult Coordinator
 
August 16, 2011 marked one year until the start of an exciting event for our Ukrainian Catholic Church inCanada: Unity 2012. The event, which will take place in Pinawa, MB from August 16-19 of 2012, is a national gathering of Ukrainian Catholic young adults aged 18-35 to further understand, embrace and celebrate their faith through prayer, education and fellowship. This will be the fifth Unity gathering since it was started in 1996 and it is always well-received and attended in every province that has hosted it.
 
History of Unity
 
The original Unity in Winnipegin 1996 was developed by the late Sr. Marie Bielski, SSMI and some of her young adults and coordinators as a way of commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Union of Brest. Several hundred people from across Canada attended the event, which is also noteworthy as being the last public appearance of His Grace Metropolitan Maxim. Since then, it has traveled to Canmore, AB (2004), Muenster, SK (2006) and Ancaster, ON (2009). The decision was made in 2006 to hold Unity 2012 in Winnipeg as it coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of Blessed Nikita Budka, the first Ukrainian Catholic Bishop inCanada.
 
What goes on at Unity?
 
Unity offers young adults the chance to dig deeper into finding out what our Ukrainian Catholic Church is really about. They are exposed to a variety of different prayer services, large group activities and small group workshops where they gain the knowledge to be able to explain and fully appreciate the gift that is our Church. In addition, various social events are held to build fellowship among our various eparchies. These include a campfire, a “taste of the eparchies” social and a Zabava.
 
Who attends Unity?
 
The demographics of those who have attended Unity in the past spans the entire spectrum of young adult life: university students, professionals, married, single, clergy and religious. There have even been participants from outside ofCanadaas well as outside of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Regardless of who attends, everyone leaves transformed in some way with new friends made and new understandings of our Church. 
 
What is “A Night for Unity?”
 
The “Night for Unity” concert on September 10, 2011 is a fundraising and public awareness event in support of Unity 2012, a national gathering of Ukrainian Catholic Young Adults inPinawa,MBthat will take place August 16-19 of next year. Immaculate Conception Parish of Cooks Creek Manitoba has graciously allowed the Ukrainian Catholic Youth and Young Adults  the use of their grounds for the concert, which will feature the lively and entertaining band Sloohai. There will also be opportunities to tour the historic church and grotto and to learn more about the history of Unity and its purpose. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and are available by calling 338-7801 ext. 2. Come and join us for a fun-filled evening in support of our Ukrainian Catholic Young Adults.
 
Where can I find more information about Unity?
 
Visit unity2012.wordpress.com.  This site includes all of the basic information about Unity including photographs from past events, registration forms, and a number of articles and videos created by our talented Unity 2012 planning team. The website has been extremely popular, with over 1000 views in one evening. Please visit the site and leave a comment!