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!
 
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