Gratitude

Articles

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...

August 31, 2018

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

I’ve always liked getting ready for school to begin. I really like school supplies. I like the first page of a notebook, a new pen, a new color of ink, and the new outfit carefully chosen to start the new school year on the right foot. The first day of school came each year with hope – hope...

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...

July 31, 2018

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

Many congregations are in the process of creating their faith formation materials for this fall, and UTO is excited to share with you that we will be offering three faith formation programs for the upcoming school year, beginning with the November Gratitude Challenge.

In the United...

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...

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