United Thank Offering
The United Thank Offering of the Episcopal Church is personal, spiritual discipline of thanksgiving that supports God's mission throughout the world
At the 1889, Triennial Meeting in New York, the Women's Auxillary instituted the UTO for the support of specific mission projects and individual missionaries. In time, through the blue mite boxes, UTO became the single, most important extra-budgetary source growing from $2,000 in 1889 to over $1.7 million in 2000.
In the past 5 years, UTO has funded innovative ministries from mobile shower units for the homeless in San Diego to a wood bank in Montana. Agricultural projects, which were funded in previous decades in Africa, are being funded in the U.S. and around the world. UTO is focusing on development ranging from a Blue Corn project in Navajoland to vocational programs across the U.S. Water, solar power, and electricity were also provided to missions and ministries. Leading up to the 125th anniversary, each province and the Presiding Bishop were awarded special grants to fund an innovative ministry. Additionally, a grant to support ministries led by young adults was awarded to all. This led to an international community in Virginia, a food/truck chapel in North Carolina, and a project to help churches reimagine their outdoor spaces to grow food.
Cindy Nicholason is our UTO contact. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.