November 13, 2017

By: Joyce Landers, Province IV Representative, UTO Board

“Anxiety is overcome by gratitude.” A friend shared this quote on Facebook one day and I liked it. I shared with several friends but soon forgot about it. I didn’t even really think that hard about it. It is something we all do – share the wise words and then forget them. Several weeks later, I...

November 13, 2017

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

It’s November, which means that we’ve all survived the sugar rush of Halloween. The scarecrow I built with my kids, which made me think someone was looking inside my window every single time I went into the kitchen, is now, thankfully, a thing of the past. As I was pulling fake cobwebs from my...

October 25, 2017

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

First off, my apologies: your e-news is coming out a little late this month because I was waiting for the Ingathering totals for September so we could announce all of the contest winners at once. Thank you to all of you who have called or emailed asking where your e-news was! It’s great to know...

July 5, 2017

By: V.V. Massey, Grace Episcopal Church, Anderson, South Carolina, Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

I grew up Baptist. We didn’t have the UTO or mite boxes like other churches had; we had the penny march. Every Sunday, the children would get up and march down the aisle of the church gathering pennies for mission. Fast-forward several years to a marriage and confirmation into the Episcopal...

July 5, 2017

By: Heather Melton, Staff Officer, United Thank Offering

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

—President John F. Kennedy


Over the past few months, more and more people have mentioned to me how important they think teaching and...

October 19, 2012

As I begin this article, I can only express my deep gratitude to each of you for the ministries you offer as an expression of your discipleship in Jesus. It has been a privilege for these past five years to be able to be a part of the developing evolution of Jubilee Ministry in the Episcopal...

November 21, 2011

As Thanksgiving comes around once again, I find myself thinking of a visit I made this past summer to Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Massachusetts that recreates the seventeenth-century world of the Pilgrims and the people of the Wampanoag nation who were their neighbors....

August 26, 2011

By: The Public Affairs Office

The Episcopal Church Office of Stewardship has developed a six-week series of readings, reflections and questions called "œFeasting on Gratitude" to assist in discerning the practice of intentional and proportional giving to one’s faith community.

“Feasting on Gratitude” invites...

November 22, 2010

At home on Bluestone Farm, before sitting down to eat, we make a circle around the kitchen table, holding hands and offering our thanksgivings. We call it our "gratitude prayer."

Over the years I have slipped into a kind of mantra with this daily ritual. "I am grateful for this circle...

June 1, 2007

June 2007

For many the Blue Box is a natural part of their memories. I was raised Presbyterian, and 30 before hearing of the United Thank Offering. Of course I was thankful for my blessings and aware of the needs of others, especially in my teenage years as a volunteer for the blind and...