Tell Me About UTO

Tell Me About UTO

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through UTO, individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude.

How it works:
Give thanks for the good things that happen every day… Little things, big things, good news, good friends. As you give thanks, put some coins, or some dollars, into a United Thank Offering Blue Box. When your box is full, or you put a check in a United Thank Offering envelope, your thanksgivings combine with the thanksgivings of others from across the Episcopal Church to support God’s mission in the world. There’s even a Blue Box prayer!

The Blue Box Prayer

Almighty God, I give you praise
for blessing me in many ways.

Create in me a grateful heart
and with this gift a blessing
start. Amen.

For over 125 years, the United Thank Offering has supported mission and ministry in The Episcopal Church over and above the General Convention budget. UTO is now overseen by a Board and supported by the work of Parish Coordinators and Providence Representatives. More information on UTO can be found on the national website. If you would like to subscribe to UTO’s email newsletter, you can do that on the main page of their website.

The tokens of gratitude from throughout the Church are collected together in parishes and in dioceses, often blessed in Eucharists, before being forwarded onto the UTO Board to grant out to worthy ministries. Ingatherings are great events! You can find information on how to plan your own here!

100% of the money given to UTO is granted back out into The Episcopal Church through grants. Find the archive of all grants for the last 127 years, as well as information on our upcoming granting cycles here.


    • Hi Michelle! Typically the deadline is December 15 for end of year donations and July 15 for middle of the year donations. But – they all go to the same place and funds are distributed based on the annual ingathering number, so if something different works for St. John’s, that’s totally fine! We are so happy to have St. John’s participating in UTO’s gratitude ministry!


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