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June 17, 2019

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

This summer, we invite you to join us in reading a small (102 pages) volume on prayer from Anne Lamott. Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers is a quick dive into the importance of prayers of praise, gratitude, and surrender.

You can hear an NPR interview with Ms. Lamott about...

March 13, 2019

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

Please join us for our bimonthly book group, UTO Reads! This month we will discuss Diana Butler Bass’s new book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, on Wednesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Please come and discuss with us, regardless of how much of the book you’ve read –...

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

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...

April 4, 2018

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp and Illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr.Reviewed by the Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton

This book caught my eye because it is a “Reading Rainbow Book,” and as a child, I was a huge fan of Reading Rainbow. This book was...

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

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

Brené Brown is a renowned researcher and Episcopalian who came to fame via a TED Talk on shame and resilience. Dr. Brown’s first book was published in 2010, and it remains my favorite...

January 3, 2018

Epiphany with Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) and Advent Challenge Update

Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) is offering an Epiphany Curriculum, which includes free resources to oversee a faithful and meaningful Epiphany 2018. “After the celebration and joy of Christmas, the...

November 13, 2017

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

Gratitude Works! By Robert A. Emmons

First off, thank you for all of the positive feedback about our UTO Reads! program! When I was a kid, I loved participating in Book It, a program where you got a free pizza for reading books. I can’t promise you a free pizza, but I can promise that...