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Packing List and Things You Need to Know About Coming to Unity 2014

Can it be only 2 days away? Honestly, everyone, I’m kind of freaking out… with excitement! With all the planning the Core Team has been doing since November 2012, we’re in for a great weekend. To help all of you be a little more prepared about attending Unity, here is a packing list and a few things you need to know about Augustana Campus and what will be going on at Unity 2014. If you’ve already registered, you should have received a document containing this information in your confirmation email. If for some reason you didn’t get it, the info is below. NOTE: one thing not listed on the packing list was a new or almost new and clean article of clothing you are willing to donate for the Youth Shelter in Camrose. And on to the info:

I. WHERE TO GO, AND HOW TO GET THERE

Unity 2014 will be taking place at Augustana University in Camrose, Alberta. Transportation will be available for those flying in to Edmonton.

If you are taking any form of transportation other than air or driving directly there – please contact the team at this.is.unity.2014@gmail.com or Taras at 780-236-4614.

Once you arrive at Augustana, head over to the Faith and Life Centre main entrance and you will be greeted by a wonderful hospitality crew, a welcome package, and an amazing group of young adults and spiritual leaders from across the country.

If you are driving, here is a google map link to help with your travels, http://bit.ly/XHWspg

II. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ONCE YOU GET THERE

We will have a cash bar (cheap drinks, we promise!) at the Taste of the Eparchies and Zabava. Bring enough cash with you to support your interests! There are no truly convenient ATM’s.

Augustana is a dry campus. Liquor is only permitted in the designated areas and at the designated times.

There is cell phone reception in case you need to make an emergency phone call or if your family needs to get a hold of you from home. There is limited Internet access on site.

There is no need to bring bedding, but please bring your own towel. Showers are divided but they are mainly dorm-style so you may wish to bring shower sandals.

We are trying to make Unity as “green” as possible. If you have a water bottle and/or travel mug – bring them along.

We have a fantastic team on site to accommodate you in every way possible – if you are hot, cold, hungry, confused, or just looking for someone to talk to – they’ll be there!

III. WHAT TO BRING

A packing list for you:

  • bug spray and sunscreen
  • a blanket or something to sit on for any outdoor sessions
  • cash for social events
  • a travel mug for hot beverages and water bottle
  • ear plugs, if you’re a light sleeper
  • casual clothes (for most of the weekend)
  • semi-formal clothes (for banquet and dance) – no jeans or T-shirts, please!
  • church clothes (for, you guessed it, church!)
  • toiletries
  • a small flashlight
  • a (new or almost new and clean) item of clothing to donate to the youth shelter in Camrose
  • shower sandals (optional)
  • your provincial health card
  • rain gear
  • an open mind, an open heart, and a positive attitude

IV. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, August 14th

4:00pm–Registration
5:30pm–Welcome Dinner
6:45pm–Welcome keynote
7:00pm–Vespers/Opening Ceremonies
8:00pm–Ice Breakers
9:00pm–TBA

Friday, August 15

7:45-8:30am–Breakfast
9:00am–Divine Liturgy
10:30am–Break
11:00am–Keynote #2
11:45am–Break
12:00pm–Lunch
1:30pm–Session 1
2:30pm–Break
2:45pm–Session 2
3:45pm–Break
4:00pm–Bishop’s Panel
5:30pm–Dinner
7:00pm–Akathist
8:30pm–Taste of the Eparchies

Saturday, August 16

7:15am–Optional Divine Liturgy
7:45-9:00am–Breakfast
9:00am–Third Hour
9:15am–Session 3
10:15am–Break
10:30am–Session 4
11:30am–Break
12:00pm–Lunch
1:30pm–Reconciliation Service
4:00pm–Optional Vespers
6:00pm–Banquet
8:00pm–Zabava

Sunday, August 17

7:45-9:00am–Breakfast
10:00am–Divine Liturgy
12:00pm–Lunch and Ending Keynote

V. WORKSHOP CHOICES

There will be 12 phenomenal workshops offered at Unity 2014.

The bad news:  You only get to choose 4.

For each break out session slot there will be several workshops happening at the same time.

Also – session space is limited.  You will be able to sign-up at registration on a first come, first served basis.  Please consider in advance which sessions you would like to attend.  To refresh your memory:

Workshops

Note: All sessions are offered twice, once on Friday and once on Saturday, with the exception of the talks by Srs. Emily and Zoe. Their talks will only be offered on Saturday.

Session 1 on Friday, August 15th at 1:30 pm: (choose one)

1. “Warm Bodies.” What our bodies tell us about what it means to be human. (Debbie Larmour)
-An intro to Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
*For those who have little to no experience with Theology of the Body

2. “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match!” (Fr. Mihajlo Planchak)
-Based on Crystalina and Jason Evert’s book How to Find Your Soul-mate Without Losing Your Soul.

3. “I feel the need—the need to read (the Bible)!” How to Read the Bible (Fr. Daniel Wach, OSBM)
-Is it a manual? Storybook? History? Myth? Find out in this session! 

4. “Are you watching closely?” The Beauty of Iconography (Kim Bombak)
-A look at what goes into writing an icon and how we use it to pray and further our faith.

 5. “May the force be with you! And with your spirit! Wait, what? – Divine Liturgy 101” (Jess Lastiwka)

-What really goes on during all those “Lord have mercy”s and signs of the cross? Find out here!

Session 2 on Friday, August 15th at 2:45 pm: (choose one)

6. Les Misérables: What our Bodies Tell us About our Relationship with God (Debbie Larmour)
-A more in depth look at Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
*For those who desire a deeper look at Theology of the Body

7. “Houston, we have a problem.” (Or do we?): Women Deacons in the Church (Tobias Underwood)
-The history of women deacons in the Ukrainian Catholic Church and what looking at the past means for the future.

8. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding: How to make a marriage work when there is a cultural divide” (Carol and Eric Batty)
-Delve into the life of a couple who’s managed to make it work despite the odds.

9. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” (Bishop Bryan Bayda)

-The fabric of faith that holds communities together can be seen as a gift for growth. How do we keep our faith and at the same time share it with others who belong to other world religions and faith traditions? What is UNITY after all?

10. “The name’s Francis. Pope Francis.” Get to Know our Beloved Pope. (Bishop David Motiuk)
-The man at the head of the Catholic Church: his past, his present, his future, and what that means for us.

Session 3 on Saturday, August 16th at 9:15 am: (choose one)

 1. “Warm Bodies.” What our bodies tell us about what it means to be human (Debbie Larmour)
-An intro to Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
*For those who have little to no experience with Theology of the Body

2. “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match!” (Fr. Mihajlo Planchak)
-Based on Crystalina and Jason Evert’s book How to Find Your Soul-mate Without Losing Your Soul.

3. “I feel the need—the need to read (the Bible)!” How to Read the Bible (Fr. Daniel Wach, OSBM)
-Is it a manual? Storybook? History? Myth? Find out in this session! 

4. “Are you watching closely?” The Beauty of Iconography (Kim Bombak)
-A look at what goes into writing an icon and how we use it to pray and further our faith.

5. “May the force be with you! And with your spirit! Wait, what? – Divine Liturgy 101” (Jess Lastiwka)
-What really goes on during all those “Lord have mercy”s and signs of the cross? Find out here!

6. “Mamma Mia!” Ethical Issues Around Birth (Sr. Zoe Bernatsky)
-Learn about the newest issues surrounding conception and birth thanks to an advanced technological age.

7. Our Christian Vocation: To Boldly Go With God Where We Have Never Gone Before (Sr. Emily Schietzsch)
-Following God can be the most exciting, fulfilling and life-changing adventure imaginable. The trick is to let God take the lead and then, follow him everywhere. Sound easy? This workshop will discuss what it means to follow Christ with everything we have and offer some practical suggestions for how to do so.

Session 4 on Saturday, August 16th at 10:30 am: (choose one)

8. Les Misérables: What our Bodies Tell us About our Relationship with God (Debbie Larmour)
-A more in depth look at Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
*For those who desire a deeper look at Theology of the Body

9. “Houston, we have a problem.” (Or do we?): Women Deacons in the Church (Tobias Underwood)
-The history of women deacons in the Ukrainian Catholic church and what looking at the past means for the future.

10. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding: How to make a marriage work when there is a cultural divide” (Carol and Eric Batty)
-Delve into the life of a couple who’s managed to make it work despite the odds.

11. “The name’s Francis. Pope Francis.” Get to Know our Beloved Pope. (Bishop David Motiuk)
-The man at the head of the Catholic Church: his past, his present, his future, and what that means for us.

12. “Mamma Mia!” Ethical Issues Around Birth (Sr. Zoe Bernatsky)
-Learn about the newest issues surrounding conception and birth thanks to an advanced technological age.

13. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” (Bishop Bryan Bayda)

-The fabric of faith that holds communities together can be seen as a gift for growth. How do we keep our faith and at the same time share it with others who belong to other world religions and faith traditions? What is UNITY after all?

14. Our Christian Vocation: To Boldly Go With God Where We Have Never Gone Before (Sr. Emily Schietzsch)
-Following God can be the most exciting, fulfilling and life-changing adventure imaginable. The trick is to let God take the lead and then, follow him everywhere. Sound easy? This workshop will discuss what it means to follow Christ with everything we have and offer some practical suggestions for how to do so.

VI. CONTACT INFORMATION

Here is the contact information for Augustana. In the case of an emergency, please contact Millie directly at (780) 446-1061.

The University of Alberta Augustana Campus
4901 – 46 Avenue
Camrose, Alberta
T4V 2R3

Phone: (780) 679-1100

See you soon!

The Unity 2014 Planning Team

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Core Team Spotlight: Erin Mayko

Another Core Team Spotlight?! How many people are on this Core Team? Just enough, my friends, just enough. On this episode of the Core Team Spotlight it’s sibling time once again with Beth’s younger sister, Erin Mayko.

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Catching up with Erin, we were able to chat a bit about Unity 2014:

So, Erin, Unity’s right around the corner! Remind me and our audience what your position on the Core Team is.
My job on the core team is organizing and implementing the non-liturgical, social elements (mainly the Icebreakers, taste of the Eparchies, and banquet/Zabava). I also help out with the other areas when needed.

So, basically, you’re in charge of fun! What a great role to have. Does this mean that if there aren’t enough party hats, we can complain to you? Just kidding; I know there aren’t any party hats. You’ve been to Pinawa for Unity 2012 and your sister, Beth, also attended Unity 2009 in Ancaster. No doubt this Unity is going to be different than the previous two. What do you think the Edmonton Eparchy has to offer in order to make this Unity awesome?
We have a large youth following in Edmonton/Alberta, so we have the man power to make it awesome.

Strength in numbers. I like it! I’ve asked everyone else this and you’re no exception: what are you most excited about Unity 2014?
I am most looking forward to meeting new people and making more connections with people my age who share my faith.

One last question: if you could convince someone to come to Unity in one sentence, what would you say?
How many people can say they have a group of friends that not only have a mutual passion for The Lord, but are also willing to express it and walk through their faith journey together?

Eh? Pretty great answers! Just another reason to register, register, REGISTER! By August 7! Cheques and credit cards are welcome and don’t forget to email us with any questions you may have by filling out the Contact Form.

God bless!

Joyanne 😀

Core Team Spotlight: Beth Mayko

As we’re gearing up for Unity 2014, I thought I’d ask the Core Team some questions about the final stretch towards Unity planning, what they look forward to and where you can find them during this fantastically wonderful event. First up, Beth!

Beth

Now, Beth, tell the audience where you fit in with the Unity 2014 Planning Team.
I am Millie’s third in command on the Unity committee. Basically a little bit of everything and lots of delegating!

Wow, third in command, eh? That’s got to be a lot of responsibility. No doubt you’re quite busy seeing that everything gets done right and lickety-split. Though I’m sure you’re quite tired, I have no doubt you’re looking forward to Unity 2014. What are you looking forward to most?
I am most looking forward to re-connecting with all of the many wonderful people that I have met at past Unities.

Yeah, great people always seem to show up at Unity. But if I remember correctly, you were hesitant about attending Unity in ’09 because you didn’t really know anyone. How would you try to convince someone to come to Unity who was thinking of attending but a bit nervous to make the trek?
Unity is a great opportunity to learn about and embrace your faith, putting you in company with others trying to do the same. It is so uplifting to talk with others going through some of the same life challenges and who encourage you to keep having faith.

Definitely great advice, and so much more poignant coming from someone who was in those shoes previously. Any last words? Where can participants find you at Unity in August?
You will find me running around all over the place at Unity! Feel free to stop me at any time if you need anything or just want to chat!

You heard her, folks! And keep posted! Not only will I be posting up these interviews with our Planning Team, but our speakers are pretty awesome too. Check out some info about Sr. Zoe Bernatsky who will be talking about Ethical Issues Surrounding Reproductive Technology.

God bless and stay awesome!

Joyanne, Unity 2014 Website Facilitator

Checking out Augustana

A few weeks ago, our fearless core team traveled to Camrose to check out the Facilities for Unity 2014 at the Augustana Campus. When asked for stories about the weekend, this was what was sent in:

Damian: “We tried to play a board game called Nuns on the Run, which we called Nuns with the Runs. It was so complicated that we spent 45 minutes trying to set up the board and explain the rules. We gave up and never played it. I was upset. It was quite the frustrating ordeal. Cyril was like ‘can we just make up our own game with the pieces?'”537275_10202102598827581_645698874_aAndrew: “I drove three team members to Camrose with a flat tire while not telling them anything was wrong. Yeah it was pretty fun going around highway corners.”

Just further proof of the wacky, awesome people we’ve got on our core team! You absolutely cannot be bored with this crew! But just in case you need some proof of how serious they can be, Cyril posted: “We had a long debate about our scripture verse.” You can find that verse here. Erin also talks about some obstacles they came across: “We went to see a conference room that was more “restricted” than the restricted section in the Hogwarts library. If we moved anything, we wouldn’t be allowed to have Unity in the facility.”

Here are some pictures of other things that went down in Cam-to-the-rose:

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Cool as a cucumber

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Moving in

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Facilities and nature: classic!

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Another view of Augustana

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Monkeying around

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Chillin’

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Getting down to business, Bible in hand

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Walking off into the horizon

Don’t you all totally want to register now??? Click on the registration form today! Don’t delay (I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it)! I must admit, I’m getting pretty stoked myself.

God bless,

Joyanne, Unity 2014 Website Facilitator

P.s. T minus exactly 10 months! Woohoo!