Gratitude

Gratitude

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May 1, 2019

By: Sherri Dietrich, President, the United Thank Offering Board

April showers bring May flowers, but I’m afraid those flowers may be snowdrops this year in Maine. I like winter, but I confess that I had a hard time being happy about the beautiful half-foot of snow that fell in the middle of April this year. I’ve always lived in places with four very...

February 4, 2019

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

One of the great gifts of this job is getting to hear your stories of gratitude or moments when you look at life differently because you seek to find an opportunity for gratitude, or you notice when someone is acting out of gratitude unspoken. Those of you who have heard me speak about the...

January 7, 2019

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

Perhaps a little-known fact about me is that I take the transition time between years very seriously. You might even call me superstitious. On New Year’s Eve, you won’t find me at a party. You’ll find me cleaning the house, sweeping out all of the old so the new can come in. Clean sheets, clean...

December 4, 2018

As many of you know, I am a big fan of Brené Brown and her teaching on shame, resilience, vulnerability, and gratitude. I find it helpful and challenging. (I’ve even taken her online parenting class, which was really useful.) Dr. Brown, an Episcopalian, has come out with a new book that looks at...

October 29, 2018

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

I hope you’re doing the gratitude challenge with us this month. If not, it’s not too late to start. In the United States when November comes along, many Americans will turn their thoughts to Thanksgiving and the things they are grateful for. We want to help people or groups prepare for...

October 29, 2018

By: Sherri Dietrich, UTO Board President

This November, the United Thank Offering Board has challenged The Episcopal Church to focus on gratitude for 30 days through the UTO Gratitude Challenge. In concert with the Gratitude Challenge, the UTO Board asks you to consider a gift to the Memorial Trust Fund. The UTO Memorial Trust Fund...

October 2, 2018

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

In the United States when November comes along, many Americans will turn their thoughts to Thanksgiving and the things they are grateful for. We want to help people or groups prepare for Thanksgiving with 30 days of gratitude practices. The November Gratitude Challenge is offered as a free...

August 31, 2018

By: The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

I’ve always liked getting ready for school to begin. I really like school supplies. I like the first page of a notebook, a new pen, a new color of ink, and the new outfit carefully chosen to start the new school year on the right foot. The first day of school came each year with hope – hope...

July 31, 2018

By: the Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

As I begin my sixth year as the UTO staff officer, I am well overdue in addressing one of the major concerns that I hear when I travel around the Church to talk about UTO and when I talk to UTO coordinators who are feeling discouraged: the concern that, if congregations participate in UTO, then...

July 31, 2018

By: the Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering

Many congregations are in the process of creating their faith formation materials for this fall, and UTO is excited to share with you that we will be offering three faith formation programs for the upcoming school year, beginning with the November Gratitude Challenge.

In the United...

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