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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

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!?!?

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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!?!?