Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

To understand where we are headed with UNITY 2012, I would suggest it be useful to look back at some of the work we have done in the past year in planning UNITY 2012.

In many ways, the planning of this UNITY can be broken down into 3 parts: Year 1 (2010): Visioning, Year 2 (2011): Promoting, and Year 3 (2012): Executing. This is not to say that there is no overlap between years, but looking back at how the planning has gone thus far we spent most of 2010 figuring out what we wanted UNITY 2012 to be, most of 2011 telling other people what UNITY 2012 is and we will spend the next seven months tying it all together for the actual event.

To use a football analogy, we’re at the beginning of the fourth quarter and have played well throughout the game; all there is left to do is have a strong finish which will result in success.

We are now finished our parish tours and will be beginning a big push for registrations (which can be found here). We will most likely be visiting some parishes again, ideally in the context of youth groups or parish councils directly, as opposed to our first set of tours that were aimed at parish-wide awareness.

All of the other eparchies have begun their plans to attend UNITY 2012 as well so if you are outside of Manitoba, please get in contact with them, or get in contact with us so we can put you in contact with them. This is important because visiting eparchies have traditionally made travel plans as a group, and they will need to know who intends to be coming to make these arrangements.

While this post may seem very information oriented, it is important that plans get rolling now in terms of registration, and the beginning of a new year is a great time to begin registering and making arrangements to attend the event. Additionally, I don’t feel as if I have any urgent insight to share, but maybe next week 🙂 But, since I usually give some sort of opinion in these posts I will offer one: register sooner rather than later. Why, you might ask? Why not, I will answer.


Andrew’s Thoughts for Thursday

(an opinion piece put out on Thursdays, time permitting)

July 28 – Acronym of UNITY

August 4 – Bridging the Gap

August 11 – Choices

August 17 – Towards the Tangible

August 25 – “The Spirit of ’96”

September 1 – Welcoming Back the WYD Pilgrims

September 8 – Coming to you from the Twin Cities

November 3 – I’m Back!

Andrew’s On the Road(show)

(Recaps and thoughts after parish tours)

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