“Thérèse of Lisieux: The Way of Love” will take place online Saturday, May 1 @ 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM on Zoom with author and retreat leader Suzanne Guthrie. Program and additional information is available.
Suzanne Guthrie creates Soulwork Toward Sunday, a weekly retreat on the coming Sunday’s Gospel. She served the church as a parish priest, college, university, and convent chaplain, children’s pastor and education consultant. She is the author of two books of spirituality and has been a frequent contributor to Christian Century and other publications. She led her first retreat in 1979. A mother of four, Suzanne and her husband Bill recently moved from the East Coast to live California to be nearer to her two grandchildren. You can find Soulwork Toward Sunday and other resources at http://www.edgeofenclosure.org.
The 2021 UTO Annual Grant Application and supporting materials are available now at episcopalchurch.org/utogrants. The focus for this year’s grant applications is Recovering with Love and Gratitude: An Episcopal Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Local Contexts.
The United Thank Offering will accept applications in two categories – sustaining ministries and innovative ministries – at two different funding levels: seed (up to $10,000) and impact ($10,000-$25,000).
Each diocese may submit one seed grant and one impact grant. Grant Proposals should be submitted ASAP to the UTO Diocesan Grant Review Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee will review the proposals and submit the top three to the Office of the Bishop for final approval.
Please be advised that the need is especially great this year. UTO will grant the amount requested, so please only request what you need. If you can do your project for $500, please ask for that amount. Do not inflate your budget, as it will be granted in full. By requesting the minimum, you need to complete your project, you help to ensure that as many grants as possible can be awarded.
The deadline for submitting the 2021 UTO Grant Application is approaching. All applications must be uploaded by Friday, February 26, at 5 p.m. EST. The UTO Board strongly encourages all grant applicants to submit their applications as early as possible. Our UTO Staff Officer, the Rev. Canon Heather Melton, is available to answer questions and provide editorial assistance. We encourage you to make use of her assistance so that your application can be as strong and as complete as possible. Applications that are received within 3-4 weeks prior to the deadline will be given a full review, and there will be the opportunity to fix any issues Heather finds, so make sure to include all components listed. The closer we get to the deadline, the less assistance you will receive. Any applications submitted on the last day will be processed as received.
Please be advised of the following deadlines regarding help with the application, as outlined in the grant materials:
- Sunday, February 7 – deadline to submit drafts of applications for review by Heather.
- Friday, February 12 – deadline to submit draft budgets for review.
- Tuesday, February 23 – final day to submit via Formstack and receive information on what is missing in the application so it still can be added before the final deadline.
Saturday, October 24, 2020 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
How do we go on? When and where will we meet? Who will we be? As Daughters, these are the questions we should be asking. Lord, what will you have us do?
Using as our inspiration, the words of our Motto and those of Mother Teresa—“prayer changes us and we change things” (see quotation below)—these are the questions we will explore at this first ever online Diocesan Assembly, which will include the election of new Officers and the adoption of revised Bylaws.
Special Guests will include Our Bishops; Susan O’Brien, former President of the DOK National Council; and Barbara Shreve, Province VIII Presumptive President-Elect.
We will meet using the Zoom platform. Don’t worry, instructions will be given ahead of time about how to join the meeting by computer, tablet, or phone. And there will be breaks in the day and time for fellowship.
“I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I am praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things but now I know that…
prayer changes us and we change things.” —Mother Teresa