Gratitude

Articles

June 11, 2018

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

I currently live in a place that NOAA has described as suffering from a “severe drought,” which means we’d need six to nine inches of rain to make up what we’re missing. Two weeks ago, the skies turned dark and it smelled like rain, but the moisture never made it to the ground. On Sunday, after...

May 1, 2018

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

I’m busy and I like to keep busy. I’ve found that having projects to work on in the evenings is a really handy tool for me because I really hate being bored. My need to keep busy has spilled into all aspects of my life. I noticed that even when I didn’t need to be, I would find myself scrolling...

April 4, 2018

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

I spent my seminary years being cared for and formed by St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco, California. For me, this congregation will always have a special place in my heart because of the love, care, and hope they poured out upon me. I think of St. Gregory’s especially at...

March 8, 2018

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

Okay Fine, I’m Grateful!

A few weeks ago, Sandra Squires, UTO board president, gave me this book with a chuckle – a well-deserved laugh on several fronts – first, because the front of this book is funny and second, because it’s a journal and, as much as I know journaling is good for you, I have...

January 9, 2018

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

During our Christmas Eve service, I was struck by a line in a hymn and it stuck with me for weeks, which meant that, as I was preparing for Lent, I ducked down the rabbit hole of reading hymn texts, something I don’t remember ever doing. As a parish priest, I often had our church musicians pick...

January 3, 2018

By: Kathy Mank, UTO Board Financial Secretary, Diocese of Southern Ohio

At diocesan convention each year, one delegate always finds our UTO table to make a sizable donation to the Ingathering. This individual has lived in a few states where UTO has provided both life- and game-changing ministry grants. Every year, this person’s blessings are intentionally collected...

January 3, 2018

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

A year ago, I made a New Year’s resolution to write two thank you cards a week for 2017. One card would go to someone at work and the other to someone in my personal life simply to thank him or her for being in my life and in our community. I decided to participate in this spiritual discipline...

November 28, 2017

By: Kayla Massey, Associate Staff Officer, United Thank Offering

I’m a millennial, and it seems that no matter where you turn these days, someone is talking about us; some good, some not so good. Our generation is often defined by its obsessions with social media, avocado toast, Harry Potter, and self-care.

Even with wonderful things like avocado...

November 28, 2017

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

And the word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory. –John 1:14

Happy (liturgical) New Year! Advent and Christmas are my favorite seasons of the year and always have been. Some Episcopalians like to say that we are Easter people, but I really think that we are Advent...

November 13, 2017

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

If you’re like me, you might want to have some ideas for how to entertain everyone when the turkey takes longer to cook then you estimated. Or, you might be more on the ball than I am and would simply like a faith formation item to send home with families to encourage gratitude discussions...

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