UTO Petition


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United Thank Offering Petition
to Executive Council and The General Convention of The Episcopal Church

Episcopal women from all facets of the church want the UTO Board to remain the leaders, decision-makers and managers of our Thank Offering.  The mission and the ministry of UTO with their leadership for the past 125 years has been a model of spiritual giving.  When first offered, the patriarchal church was greatly surprised to see how much this offering meant in dollars.  Since this time the offering has fulfilled the dreams of many people throughout the Anglican Communion.  The presenting of the Offering at General Convention has always been a highlight and a symbol of the power of the collective in giving small love gifts in thanksgiving for our daily blessings.

We want UTO Bylaws to reflect the rich history and success of a collection process of prayerful giving.  We want the staff and Executive Council to listen to the UTO Board and work for and with them.  We want UTO Bylaws to be written by the UTO Board for the women of the church.  We want 815 staff to ask UTO Board members who have resigned to please return with the promise of a new working relationship built on true partnership. 

We pray that our petitions will be well received and resolution will result in a win/win solution for the UTO Board, Episcopal women, and Church Center staff. 

Signed by: 
Ann Smith, SCHC, Former Director of Women in Mission and Ministry  
Jane Waldron Banning, National ECW President, 1997-2000     
Joanna Bowen Gillespie, PhD, Women's Studies
Robin Sumners, PhD, UTO Coordinator, Colorado, 2008-2012;UTO Board 2012-2013
Janet Farmer, National ECW Board, 1997-2003; VP ECW Colorado Board 2009-2013
Barbi Tinder, National ECW Board, 1997-2003; UTO Board 2009-2013
Georgie White, UTO Board, 2009-2013; UTO Coordinator, Atlanta, 2004-2011




81 comments:

  1. Catherine Windsor
    centauri12@gmail.com

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  2. Elizabeth Kaeton
    Immediate past convener, EWC
    Long Neck, DE

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  3. Patricia Ann Tourangeau, National
    ECW Treasurer 1977-2003, UTO Finance Officer 2003-2009
    PattyT67@gmail.com

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  4. Barbara G. Click
    bgclick@gmail.com
    Diocese of Missouri

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  5. Ellen Bruckner
    ellenwb@mchsi.com

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  6. Mary Roehrich
    mary.roehrich@pobox.com
    Past Standing Committee Member
    President of PEP
    Diocese of Pittsburgh

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  7. beth stifel Diocese of Pittsburgh, EWC 2nd try

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  8. This is vital to the work of UTO and to the vitality of its programs to help initiatives in communities in the U.S. Support for UTO and the prayer life it represents is a part of communal history that should be preserved, not sentimentally, but because it is prayer leading to positive action. Please don't try to "fix" something that is not broken.

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  9. Sandra Wilbur, SCHC
    Diocese of Southwest Florida
    sandywilbur76@gmail.com

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  10. Judy Turner
    ECW President 2009 - 2014
    Diocese West Missouri

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  11. Jackie O'Sullivan, supporter of UTO, who is hopeful they will be allowed also to consider incorporating, like ER&D, as their own 501(c)(3)

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  12. Roy Walworth, retired priest and both supporter and receiver of women's ministries. Having served a congregation that was a recipient of a UTO grant and having been deeply moved at the GC UTO ingathering liturgy I am committed to the support of both the organization and its leadership. What they are asking is both reasonable and conciliatory. It should be granted.
    rwalw@allwest.net

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  13. Dr. Margo E. McMahon
    Current EWC Board Member
    Province 1 Lay Representative
    Diocese of Western Massachusetts

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  14. Ecky and Terry Malick
    Diocese of Texas

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  15. The Rev. Dcn. Nancy Muhlheim
    Diocese of Oregon
    Diocesan ECW Board Member
    ECW President St Mary's Episcopal Church, Eugene, Oregon

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  16. I am a 5 term GC Deputy and served on PB&F twice. I value UTO's alternative decision making process, and expect that the proposed change will kill the golden goose.

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    1. What would Julia do? PERSEVERE!
      So shall we.
      The Rev. Canon Elizabeth Habecker former ECW National Board member and long time UTO worker.

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  17. Harold H. Brown "Brownie" PhD
    9 time GC Deputy, former Trustee of GTS, Former Cognate Chair of Education, served 2 times on State of the Church Committee.
    Diocese of Maine.

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  18. Carlyn Watts
    Diocese of Maine

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  19. Cradle Episcopalian grew up with a Mother very active in UTO and has been on t he UTO Board and has represented Province 6 for both UTO and ECW. This mission needs to stay in the hands of the women of the church. It has been running for almost 125 years with no problems. IF IT IS NOT BROKE DO NOT TRY AND FIX IT. Ann Henjum UTO Coordinator for Minnesota. a.henjum@yahoo.com

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  20. Ted Kehn
    Diocese of Maine

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  21. Urging healing, listening, and reciprocity of hearts so that the UTO can continue to exist as an independent Board with fiduciary oversight as required. The UTO carries on an important ministry that is grounded in gratitude. The money given out of gratitude has helped countless people. Please, do not ruin a very healthy ministry by making it part of a system where it will vanish.
    The Rev. Patricia Handloss

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  22. Ann Tucker, Ph.D.

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  23. Kathy Schillreff
    Kschillreff@stmonicasnaples.org
    Diocese of Southwest Florida

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  24. Sylvia Corrigan
    Immediate Past President, ECW, Diocese of CT
    UTO Diocesan Coordinator, 2000 - 2006

    Each year at our CT Diocesan Ingathering, a UTO grant recipient shows us how thankfulness for our many blessings has enabled its mission to grow and flourish. We are privileged to see the fruits of this long standing ministry
    begun by women, blessed by the Church, continued by faith and hopefully, going forward, sustained by open minds and a willingness to listen to one another.

    bar1n@optonline.net

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  25. James A. Hammond
    retired priest, Virginia

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  26. the Rev. Charlotte Wells+
    Diocese of (Western) Oregon
    rev.charlotte.wells@gmail.com

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  27. John White
    layperson
    Diocese of Albany
    Openly Episcopal in Albany: http://drbones.typepad.com/openly_episcopal_in_alban/

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  28. Kay Meyer
    Diocese of Atlanta
    Past President National Board ECW 2006-2009
    kayhmeyer@aol.com

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  29. +Carol J. Gallagher, PhD
    Diocese of North Dakota, Assisting
    chaplain to Triennial 1997
    revcjg@aol.com

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  30. Nancy Sherwin, past National ECW Board member; past president ECW Diocese of Ohio
    Please don't try to fix something that is NOT broken! The UTO Board has prayerfully, thoughtfully & responsibly distributed our Thank Offerings for 125 years!

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  31. Constance B. Castillo, Diocese of Arizona
    Past parish UTO chair, Diocesan Altar Guild Directress, Member of Diocesan Women's Ministries Board, Member of National Altar Guild Assn. Board
    ccastillo7@cox.net

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  32. Mark Harris, signing on, Deputy, Diocese of Delaware.

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    1. Mark, I'm sure Sarita smiled in heaven when you signed this petition. Zona

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  33. Twyla Zittle, Chaplain
    Diocese of Colorado ECW

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  34. I am an Executive Council member, and I want you to know that I have read each of your names and comments. May God's will be done. Please pray for the church and those who love God's people.

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  35. Jackie Batjer
    jbatjer@aol.com
    Diocese of Northwest Texas

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  36. Sandra Squires, President Province VI ECW
    UTO is a ministry that develops giving and thankfulness in all the ways our mothers and grandmothers have taught us. Why would we want to change something so fundamental to our faith development that works?

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  37. Lucy Perry
    perry72@aol.com
    Diocese of Atlanta
    National ECW Board 1997-2000

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  38. Renee Haney
    UTO Board Secretary 2012-2013
    Province VII

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    1. ---pushed publish too soon-
      Renee Haney
      UTO Board Secretary 2012-2013
      Province VII Diocese of NWTX
      ruhnay@suddenlink.net

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  39. Please keep UTO alive. Theresa Waldron, 3117 Reeves Street, Smyrna, GA 30080 Diocese of Atlanta

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  40. Helen Delano
    Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

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  41. Lonnie K. Isaak, Diocese of KS
    The United Thank Offering is an amazing program established by women who went before us 125 years ago. They saw a need and stepped forward to meet it. Since then it has been shepherded and led by women throughout the Episcopal Church who are passionate about sharing their time, talents and treasure to help others. They have led well and accomplished much, and I appreciate their dedication and commitment. UTO is a legacy of women's ministry and I pray that it will continue to be the powerful ministry that it has been in the past.

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  42. Harriett Neer Diocese of Arkansas
    President National Board ECW, 2003-2006
    I am saddened to learn of the proposed change in UTO Board. This mission, established by the women of the church, and administered ably and faithfully by them, should not fall prey to politics in the church. We see the problems in our national government, and I fear that we are echoing some of the same behaviors in the governance of our beloved church. It is disheartening; as Christians, and in particular, Episcopalians, we should be better than this! I am praying that God's will be done.

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  43. Valzie Peterkin
    ECW President,
    2012 - Diocese of Connecticut

    We pray God will be the Guide on this journey as decisions are made. May He provide healing and understanding where needed. May the UTO Board continue to serve with much success in the years ahead.

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  44. This move by the national church is deeply disturbing and an affront to the 125-year history of UTO. To disregard the efforts of these volunteer women is a disgrace. Return UTO to its orginal status. With thanks to the women who have so graciously given of their time and talents through the years.

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  45. Marcia Himes
    Immediate Past President National ECW Board
    Diocese of Wyoming

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  46. Mary Foulks
    irishdreamsmcd@hotmail.com

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  47. Marjorie Reeves-Briden
    President ECW Province One
    Past President ECW Diocese of RI
    UTO parish coordinator
    Diocesan UTO coordinator for most of 1982-present
    Delegate and UTO rep to Triennial 1991 1994 2006 2009 and 2012

    As a cradle Episcopalian, my home has always had a UTO Blue Box - long may this wonderful tradition of thankful giving continue!

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  48. Pepper Marts
    Diocese of the Rio Grande
    mpm29@cornell.edu
    15 years as a reporter covering General Convention
    for the Episcopal Information Net
    Blue Box user for 50+ years

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  49. Shirley Bolden
    sbolden2@comcast.net
    Diocese of West Missouri
    Secretary of the Diocese of West Missouri ECW
    Church Periodical Club Representative for Province VII
    Past ECW President of The Diocese and Province VII
    Delegate to Triennial 2000 2003 2006 2009 2012
    As a cradle Episcopalian, our church has always had a UTO Blue Box in-gathering each year. We have been a recipient of the UTO Funds to assist in making our Parish Hall handicap accessible for our Outreach Program (The Deacon Williams Food Pantry).

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  50. Regina Christianson
    Diocese of Vermont
    revgina@pshift.com
    The UTO has a long history of excellent work in fostering a practice of thanksgiving that leads to effective mission and outreach. It has been successful because it has been able both to keep independent from AND tangential with the Episcopal Church. The loss of that both/and would be a loss of balance and wisdom.

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  51. Micki Hoffmann
    mphoffmann70@gmail.com

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  52. Rubynelle Powe
    Diocese of Northwest Texas

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  53. Shirley Greiman
    VP Program on National ECW Board
    Diocese of CT

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    1. Carolyn Douglas
      Diocese of Louisiana ECW Board Member

      The UTO Blue Box has been a constant and a reminder of the grace ands work of the ECW my entire life. Please do not destroy that constant.

      Thank you

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  54. Please let the UTO Board administer UTO business. As others have noted "IF it ain't broke, don't fix it" - This 125 year organization has been very successful and our coins of thanksgiving have allowed much good to happen. I don't think others understand the mission of UTO and I fear the money will not be awarded in accordance with the mission of UTO. Looks like greed has stepped in. May justice rule. Margaret Noel, Providence, RI

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  55. I am greatly disturbed to think that the UTO "thankfulness" giving may be
    taken out of the hands of the UTO board and the women of the Episcopal church. UTO has been a successful program for 125 years - why change it
    now. As others have said, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Hands off!

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  56. I am deeply saddened by the latest developments, and believe from the bottom of my heart that the any change to the UTO should reflect its rich history of 125 years.

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  57. Cindi Bartol
    Dio of Virginia
    ECW national board -1997-2000
    parish UTO coordinator 1994-present
    GC deputy 2003-2006-2009-2012

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  58. Charlotte Buterbaugh
    Dio. of Kansas ECW Board Member
    kansas.cwu@gmail.com

    I have been an Episcopalian since I was baptised 65 years ago. U.T.O. boxes have been the greater part of my thanksgivings. Knowing that the
    funds collected and sent were being distributed by a sound U.T.O. board
    is important to the cause. Let's get the National U.T.O. board members
    back " in the saddle" and heading up this "rodeo"! I'm sure, that all women,
    men and children that put their thanksgiving coins in the blue boxes have
    been happy about how the last 125 years have been managed.

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  59. Jim Boston
    Diocese of Oregon
    jtboston@cdsnet.net

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  60. Elizabeth Duckstein
    Diocese of Pittsburgh
    President Diocese of Pittsburgh ECW
    bette520@msn.com

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  61. Evelyn J. Bibens
    Vice President for Communications, National ECW Board, 1997-2000
    Diocese of Oklahoma

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  62. Alleen Cater
    Past President, ECW, Diocese of Alabama
    Please continue to trust the women who have served all so faithfully and effectively through UTO. It's not broken, so please don't 'fix' it. Please ask yourselves again, prayerfully, what the benefit is to those who serve and those who receive, if you change something God has led successfully through generations.

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  63. Rev. Jennifer Phillips, Rio RAncho, NM
    Please keep UTO distinct from the general fund-raising of the church and under its own leadership which has been trustworthy and effective. I think an apology is owed to the leaders present and resigned and to the wider church for the ill-considered manner in which these changes were undertaken and publicized.

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    1. More than an apology is needed - the loving and faithful work of UTO and their own by-laws need to be respected. We owe much to "The Four" for making the entire church aware of this treatment of the women of the church by its leadership.

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  64. Let's be honest - the women of the church collect the offerings, give the endowments, select the board members who they know and trust - if our church had just one helpful lawyer "worth their salt" they could comply with any legal requirements - but we have seen nothing in writing to prove what the problem is - have we?

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  65. Let the women of the church continue their faithful ministry and mission that began with the Women's Auxiliary in 1871. Our church needs a period of peace to refocus on its overall ministry and mission to the world. Give up pervading foci on change and control. Elizabeth Campbell

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  66. +David A. Alvarez
    obispoalvarez@gmail.com

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  67. Zoraida Maldonado, Presidenta Sociedad de Mujeres Episcopales, Diócesis de Puerto Rico, zoraida960@hotmail.com
    La mujeres han demostrado su liderato durante todos estos años y sus gestiones han sido excelentes. Deseamos que ella continúen a cargo de este esfuerzo .

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    1. martha e. bright
      st. luke's, fort Valley, ga

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    2. President Society of Women Episcopal Diocese of Puerto Rico, zoraida960@hotmail.com The women have demonstrated their leadership over the years and their efforts have been excellent. We want it to continue in charge of this effort. on UTO Petition

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  68. Sue Iseli Taylor past president of the UTO for West Missouri Diocese. I was in Anaheim, Ca. when this all stared and I knew we where in for it. Lady's we have to hold the line. We have come a long way. We Can stop this. Pray, Pray,Pray.

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  69. Rev. Gabriel Ferrer
    Diocese of Los Angeles

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  70. Joanne Womack Former member of the National ECW Board _ 1997-2000. There can be no doubt or dispute to the commenable and, often, the life saving work done through the UTO. As I hve reflected on the current circumstances I think about our Eucharist and the words, "Behold who you are, become what you receive." Not an easy task. As we participate in being the Body and Blood let us remember communion and COMMUNICATION or an absolute.

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  71. Pat Biggers
    Diocese of East Carolina

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  72. David Fine
    UTO helped St. Paul's, Plymouth, WI rebuild after a fire. The petition states my position.
    Dfine1@tds.net

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