Gratitude

Articles

November 22, 2019

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

To be honest, here in New Mexico, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas in mid-October as stores started moving the Halloween candy over to make room for Christmas decorations. I know a lot of folks lament the early arrival of Christmas and push for the recognition of Advent. I am...

November 7, 2019

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

Why be grateful? UTO has offered a steady stream of reasons to practice gratitude, and those of you who live with the spiritual discipline of gratitude know that it is life-changing. But what is the relationship between our faith as Christians/Episcopalians, gratitude, and God? Why does God...

November 7, 2019

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

November is finally upon us, and I feel like I am almost on top of things again after sabbatical (although thank you all for your patience with the e-news coming out late – I haven’t quite gotten back on top of the deadlines yet). Here in New Mexico, the weather has turned chilly and children...

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...

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