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This is a special thoughts for Thursday coming to you from our nation’s capital (Ottawa). Jay and I are in Ottawa attending the Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Network conference this weekend.

I will try to do some updates during the weekend as much as possible. I was going to do a longer post tonight, but I’m pretty tired after spending 6 hours in travel.

Anyways, we’re having fun here, looking forward to meeting other Ukrainian (and Roman) Catholics, who we will share the message of Unity with and as always we’ll try to stay out of trouble.

 

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!

January 5th – Looking Ahead/Registering

March 1st – A Challenge to You

Andrew’s On the Road(show)

(Recaps and thoughts after parish tours)

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

 

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So I have been out of the UNITY loop for a while (6 days), and was pleasantly surprised when I saw all the new videos that were put up today. I have spent some of the last few days thinking about UNITY, but not much.  I have not had any moments of brilliance, and really only two events, one past and one upcoming, are sticking out in my mind.

The event past is the arrival back home of the World Youth Day pilgrims at the airport.  It was wonderful to see all of them returning home, exhausted in body, but very clearly renewed in spirit. It  was also an added bonus to see them so excited about UNITY, and telling us how all of those we went on the CUCP w2ere hoping to re-congregate in Winnipeg for UNITY in August. An added bonus as that half of our planning team has returned and seems ready and excited to face the long road ahead.

The second event I am thinking of is the upcoming fundraiser, basically a week and a day away.  I am excited and I hope you are coming. This is the kickoff to a year of UNITY. Because UNITY is not just one weekend. We are going to carry this mindset from September 10th, 2011 to August 16th, 2012 to July 2013 at WYD in Brazil and beyond. I hope this fundraiser is the start of something big and I just want to put in one last plug for you to buy tickets and come out in support of UNITY 2012.

Thank you for reading and here’s to everyone having a happy and blessed Labour Day weekend.

 

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

August 17 – Towards the Tangible

August 25 – “The Spirit of ’96”

Andrew’s On the Road(show)

(Recaps and thoughts after every parish tour)

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

 

I know, I know, it isn’t actually Thursday anymore, I am late by a few minutes. Part of the problem has been thinking up something to say: talk about the upcoming tours? No, I’ll cover them after. Do a 5 part more in-depth look at the acronym? No, pretty boring and redundant. Talk about how great UNITY will be? Well that’s a given.

But then, just minutes ago as I was looking about my room I saw a stack of books: one about ESPN, a Fitzgerald and a Hemingway plus an assorted collection of magazines, and I thought to myself, what do these have to do with UNITY?

Then it come to me like a flash of light (Paul on the road to Damascus style): UNITY is what bridges the gap between our everyday lives (in this case, my stack of books) and our spiritual lives, which often seem to be a remote wilderness that is only traversed on Sundays.

***I find it fitting that there is actually a foot bridge not too far from the retreat center in Pinawa; symbolism is everywhere!

But, to keep this brief (relatively), I really want to reinforce what we often stress on the tour and in our videos: UNITY is a eye-opening experience to realize that being a Ukrainian Catholic young adult is not something you need to hide away and be ashamed of; the feeling of being small and remote, isolated and ‘uncool’. UNITY is that experience to realize that we are vast and well integrated, connected and ‘hip’. That is what we are, that is what we can be, that is what we SHOULD be.

Yes, it is depressing to go to a church service and realize there is less than a handful of young people there. Yes, it is hard to feel a sense of belonging, a sense of connection, when you are in this situation. But you do belong, this isn’t just your baba’s church; it’s your church. To be able to realize that, to be able to recognize that being Ukrainian Catholic is just as much a part of your everyday life as your job, studies, friends, or family are, that is a moment of blissful self-actualization. But that bridge is not an easy one to cross.

UNITY is the chance to take the first step.

 

 

Andrew’s Blog History (clink post title for link)

Andrew’s Thoughts for Thursday

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

July 28 – Acronym of UNITY

Andrew’s On the Road(show)

(Recaps and thoughts after every parish tour)

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