Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity.

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May 7, 2012
Stewardship, proportional giving, tithing, planned giving.  These are big left-brained words.  Big words, in the head, business like words.  When I think about how I learned about giving it was not with these words.  Yes, I know they are important words, important concepts, goals to aspire to but they are not what taught me about giving.  So, how did I, how do I give? How...
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May 7, 2012
I’m sure glad that we get fifty days to celebrate Easter. I realize that at every Eucharistic meal on every Sunday we commemorate the death and resurrection of our Lord; however our tradition gives us a season, a full fifty days to live into the wonder and awe of new life in the Risen Christ.  From the bursting open of the empty tomb to the overflowing winds and fire of Pentecost, we...
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May 7, 2012
As the Lenten fast ends, we can either applaud or chastise ourselves on how well we did with whatever we took on or gave up. Many of us have been trained to give Lent a lot of attention. For centuries the Christian family has been drawn into the via negativa dimension of Lent – engaging in the classic disciplines of prayer, fasting and self-denial. That is all turned around at Easter. With...
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January 13, 2012
A great gift I received once was when someone taught me how to needlepoint. I was thirty years old and just beginning my ordained ministry.  I thought needlepoint was for grandmothers, not young professionals. I was wrong. Needlepoint was for me, and for the past twenty years needlepointing has been a creative, contemplative art that restores my soul. This year I am working on this...
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January 13, 2012
What’s the sure-fire way to set up a planned giving effort from scratch in any congregation? There’s no magic bullet. I’ve worked with congregations all across the country, and I’ve learned that each is unique. However, there are some basic steps that should work for almost any Episcopal faith community: Choose your Shepherd: Appoint and empower at least one leader to...