Time for another spotlight on one of our Core Team members. This week? The ever-present Robyn Watt!
Robyn, you show up rain or shine for every core team meeting, so you must have a great deal of love for the work you’re putting into Unity 2014. What is it that make you excited for Unity this August?
I’m excited for a change of pace from everyday work life – a break from my routine to spend several days focusing on faith.
That’s a really great point; I bet a lot of people would love to get away from the real world for a bit to focus on something different. It’s great that you want to use this time developing your faith. Is there anything specifically that you’re looking forward to during this most epic of weekends?
I’m most looking forward to hopefully seeing some familiar faces from Holy Eucharist Church in Toronto at Unity this summer! And hearing Bishop David speak about Pope Francis! And the picnic after Liturgy on Sunday!
Wow, that’s a lot of things to look forward to! Hopefully our team lives up to your expectations. Speaking of the core team, what is your job in planning Unity 2014?
Compiling and editing the Unity program book.
Nice! That’s a really big job but I know you’ll do a wonderful job with the book. Hey, maybe you can sneak your name in there somewhere so that everyone knows that the book was all yours, eh? I’m just kidding. Anyway, do you have any final wisdom for those who are on the fence about attending Unity 2014?
If you’re on the fence about attending, I’d try to convince you to come by telling you that Camrose is a really pretty town (they have a lake with swans!). And that Unity is a great chance to be part of the larger Ukrainian Catholic community in Canada.
Well, there you have it, folks, the lovely Robyn Watt! Stay tuned for our next Core Team Spotlight and Speaker Spotlight, coming soon to a computer near you (well, in front of you would be preferable).
Peace and God Bless,
As I was saying, we have some fabulous speakers lined up for our long weekend during Unity 2014. First up in the Speaker Spotlight: Sr. Zoe Bernatsky, SSMI.
Sr. Zoe will be doing a talk on ethical issues related to reproductive technology. In her own words she says:
The musical “Mamma Mia” presents some modern challenges of mothers, fathers, and daughters! Sophie hopes to successfully identify her father so that he can walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. The theology of marriage as presented in the Vatican II document Gaudium et spes embraces the essence of marriage as the mutual love and communion of the spouses. While this ideal guides our exploration of the ethical issues related to human reproduction, the Catholic tradition also reinforces the importance of a well-informed conscience as a guide for action when we find ourselves in ethically challenging situations.
Turns out Sr. Zoe is no stranger when it comes to things medical or theological. Check out her credentials!
Sr. Zoe Bernatsky, SSMI holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto, a Master’s in Theological Studies, and a Licentiate and Doctorate in Moral Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. She is presently a professor of Pastoral Theology at Newman College in Edmonton, AB.
Now that’s what I call a strong woman of faith!
Joyanne, Unity 2014 Website Facilitator
For those of you who may not know, one of our Unity 2014 Planning Team members is currently on a self-imposed pilgrimage within Europe. Follow Tobias on his blog, beardslikemoses.blogspot.ca.
Along a similar note, I’d like to invite you to keep Ukraine in your prayers as the crisis continues to sizzle and escalade. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ continue to live there, striving and hoping for a better future. Let us pray for peace, freedom, and forgiveness, and for the repose of the souls who were killed in the clashes last week.
A solemn Lenten season to you all!
Joyanne, Unity 2014 Website Facilitator