Bulletin Insert – July 22, 2018

United Thank Offering 2018 Grant Awards

Each year, the United Thank Offering (UTO) encourages every Episcopalian to adopt a personal spiritual discipline of gratitude. UTO invites the church to notice the good things that happen every day, give thanks to God for the blessing, and then make a thank offering in a UTO Blue Box. Each year, 100% of what is collected is given away through grants to support innovative mission and ministry in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion.

Since our official founding in 1889, UTO has awarded 5,257 grants for a total of $137,094,170.52. For a complete list of all UTO grants, please visit www.episcopalchurch.org/UTO and click on the Resources tab at the bottom of the page. As a result of your gratitude and generosity, UTO raised $1,283,216.21 in 2017. Of this, $25,438.04 funded the 2018 Young Adult and Seminarian Grants (which can be found at bit.ly/uto-yasg).

This year, the focus of our granting process was Becoming Beloved Community: Racial Healing, Reconciliation, and Justice. 34 grants were awarded as a part of our annual grant process, which utilizes the remainder of the 2017 Ingathering funds, or $1,257,778.17. The smallest grant was for $4,000 to the Diocese of Idaho for their project, Connecting Cultures by Becoming a Beloved Community at the Lillian Valley School, an elementary school serving children on the Fort Hall Reservation in Southeastern Idaho. The largest grant was for $90,000 for the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain to open the Jonathan Myrick Daniels Center in Reus to create a center for young adult refugees.

The UTO Board received almost $2.8 million in requests in 2018. With your help and the encouragement that you give to others to join the United Thank Offering, we hope to raise additional funds in order to support even more of our wonderful applicants. To learn more about the United Thank Offering, our grant recipients, or how to order UTO materials please visit www.episcopalchurch.org/UTO.

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