Lent

Articles

February 18, 2018

By: Archbishop Fred Hiltz Anglican, Church of Canada

In the midst of two stories we know so well, the story of Noah and the flood and the story of Jesus and his baptism we hear in the First Letter of Peter some teaching about the nature of our baptism.  He speaks of it “not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a clear...

February 14, 2018

The artwork “Stations” is made up of 14 columns of oil barrels painted different shades of red and two metal beams that appear to form a cross. It is on display at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City as part of the “Stations of the Cross” exhibition across...

February 14, 2018

By: Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

We are created out of love and for love.  We walk the same earth and breathe the same air, and yet…

We proclaim that it is God’s will that all people live in equity and peace, that all have a share in God’s abundant life, that there is liberty and justice for all, and yet…

We have...

February 13, 2018

[Episcopal News Service] Ashes smeared on a forehead in the shape of a heart? Candy conversation hearts that proclaim, “Remember U R Dust?” Apparently, that’s what might happen when Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day.

How to manage this clash of calendar? Lean into it...

February 12, 2018

Shrove Tuesday is a day of indulging in the rich, fatty foods that were traditionally abstained from during Lent. Making pancakes was a way to use up butter, milk, sugar and eggs before the 40-day fast. Photo: Natalia Van Doninck/Shutterstock

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February 4, 2018

A worshiper receives ashes at St. Bart’s in New York City. Photo: Episcopal Church submission

[Episcopal News Service] Instead of seeing this Lenten season as a time to do without, you can approach it from a more plentiful perspective: an opportunity to grow...

February 1, 2018

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry joined the leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in preparing Lent Devotions for the upcoming liturgical season.

Named Set Free By...

January 9, 2018

By: Sandra Squires, UTO Board President

This past year, I have been reading about women who have been important in our country’s history and in their ministry as Christians. Their influences have been felt in the Church, but they are often the unacknowledged workers and fundraisers. These women have led through their actions, their...

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...

November 28, 2017

By: Sandra Squires, UTO Board President

Last summer, I decided to change my morning meditations to include a Bible reading; one chapter of some other spiritual work; prayer, often contemplative; and thanksgivings accompanied by dropping coins or bills in my UTO Blue Box. I read only one chapter of one book of the Bible each day, The...

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