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 2, 2018

UTO Database At General Convention, we launched our brand-new membership database. Thank you to everyone who has already uploaded their current information! This database will help us track what congregations are participating in UTO and better communicate with members and leaders. With that...

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...

February 8, 2018

Donations come in all forms, starting with what church members place in the offering plate during services. Photo: Getty Images

[Episcopal News Service] “Oh, you can deduct it.”

That saying has reverberated across clothing donation boxes at the Salvation...

January 3, 2018

As we begin a new year, we wanted to take a moment to share with you a little bit about the Memorial Trust Fund. Many people wonder how UTO can give away 100 percent of what is collected in the Ingathering and still offer Blue Boxes and other materials for free, and some people assume it is...

November 29, 2016

[Episcopal News Service] This year, St. Bartholomew’s parishioners posted notes to a “Giving Wall” in the sanctuary, sharing the reasons they give to the Poway, California church.

One of the many Post-It notes on the Giving Wall at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Poway,...

September 23, 2014

By: Lifelong Formation

Mary Perrin is the rector of St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a vital, joy-filled, generous community in the Diocese of Western Michigan. Mary also serves on the diocesan Standing Committee and on The Episcopal Church’s Lifelong Formation Council.  


September 19, 2013

[Diocese of Texas] In a day when we use our bank cards for everything from putting money in the parking meter to buying a car, St. David’s in Austin couldn’t help but feel the pinch when an age-old tradition started feeling, well, too age-old.

“When we added up the numbers, it was...

August 27, 2013

By: Lifelong Formation

Today we welcome guest blogger Sabrina Evans, Director of Christian Formation for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. She is originally from the Diocese of Alabama where she served as Director of Christian Formation in various congregations for over 26 years. She currently serves as Chair for...

June 19, 2013

By: Lifelong Formation

On sale for $19.95, this 56-page Stewardship Sourcebook from Parish Publishing can be a resource to help your faith community start and maintain a multi-year stewardship plan.

Appropriate for any size church, this book includes a wealth of knowledge about forming a stewardship committee...


An association of church leaders who understand, practice, and proclaim God's call to generosity

An association of church leaders who understand, practice, and proclaim God's call to generosity

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