Try this 30 Day Gratitude Quiz

Here’s a 30 day gratitude quiz that’s definitely worth exploring–with children, teens, and adults. Author Robin Shreeves suggests adapting it for your context. (Photo: Rick Bradley, Creative Commons)

The Gratitude Attitude

Lectionary Reflection for the Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost, Year C, October 9, 2016
If living a grateful life leads to so many positive results, why isn’t everyone hopping on the gratitude train? The story from this week’s gospel lesson can shed some light on that and lead us to the wholeness Christ offers. (Photo: Julie Jordan Scott, Creative Commons)

Calling All Prayerful Peacemakers

Lectionary Reflection for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year C September 18, 2016 The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in […]

  • September 15
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Book Review: Making Grateful Kids

In Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character, Jeffrey J. Froh and Giacomo Bono present a vision of nurturing gratitude that extends from families to society to the world. The challenge us to imaging raising a “Generation G” (G is for Grateful!), says this review, from Rosanna Anderson of the United Methodist Church. (Photo: Barney Moss, Creative Commons)

Will We Ever Have Enough?

What does it mean to have enough? Writer and retreat leader Erin S. Lane explores this question through scripture and observation of natural world and our human interactions. (Photo: Lisa L. Wiedmeier, Creative Commons)

  • September 22
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Two Books on Altruism and Charitable Giving You Should Read

Stewardship is much more than annual drives and pledges. There’s a lot of science behind why people give, and all too often church folk are out of the loop. Check out these two books and consider how your faith community is doing when it comes to sharing story, mission, and opportunities for generosity. (Photo: Sabastien […]

  • September 22
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How Awe Makes Us Generous

The writers of the Psalter understood a thing or two about awe. Now here’s scientific research showing how experiencing awe links us to others and makes us more generous. (Photo: Herman Pinera, Creative Commons)

Cultivating Gratefulness

Good stewards are by nature grateful people who recognize the abundance all around them. Want to cultivate more gratefulness in your own life or in the life of your congregation? Explore these four practical strategies for becoming more grateful. You won’t be disappointed. (Photo: Shannon Kringen, Creative Commons License)

Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude

As we grow beyond the narrow understanding of stewardship as an annual fundraising exercise – or as the late Terry Parsons used to call it, the “annual beg-a-thon” – God begins to reshape our concept of what “gift” and “giving” actually mean. From the Episcopal Church Foundation. (Photo by Tiger Girl, used by Creative Commons license.)

The Good Life: Psalm 111 and Stewardship

Lectionary Refleciton for the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Year B, February 1, 2015
In this week’s Psalm we are reminded that our worth, our purpose, and our reason for being are all found not in what we have or who we are but rather in whose we are. The good life begins in total commitment to God. It’s all about stewardship! (Photo: Axel Buhrmann, Creative Commons)