Serving in the Episcopal Church

Other Ways of Serving the World In Christ's Name

Episcopal Relief and Development

Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) works with Episcopal Church partners and other local organizations to save lives and transform communities worldwide. ERD rebuilds after disasters and empower people to create lasting solutions that fight poverty, hunger and disease. Working in close to 40 countries, our programs impact the lives of approximately 3 million people around the world.

The mandate of ERD is taken from Jesus’ words found in Matthew 25. All of Episcopal Relief and Development’s international development programs work toward achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to cut extreme global poverty in half by 2015. We use the MDGs as benchmarks to evaluate our progress.

Check out ERD'S four core program areas:

To learn more about the specific kinds of work ERD does, visit Our Programs.

Read about the hands-on work of ERD'S church partners worldwide in the Power of Partnerships series.

Find out how each of ERD'S programs supports one or more of the Millennium Development Goals.

Diocese of Colorado

The recent flooding has devastated many communities within the Diocese of Colorado, and the Diocese has launched a number of efforts to support these communities and their congregations. Read more about dioscesan flood relief efforts in Colorado Floods: Clergy, Congregations and Jubilee Ministries Spring Into Action Following Flood Damage.

Contributions to support diocesan efforts to support those affected can be sent to:

Episcopal Diocese of Colorado
1300 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80203

Please make checks payable to "The Diocese of Colorado", marked "Flood Relief".

United Thank Offering

The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church that began in 1899. Its mission is to significantly impact the lives of women and children demonstrating God's love. The monies collected from parishioners at Good Shepherd and throughout the Episcopal Church are distributed in grants to missionary projects around the world.

In 2012, in the Diocese of Colorado, a grant of $19,400 was made for plumbing to access additional water for a Community Giving Garden, a project of St. Brigit's Bounty Community Resources in Frederick, CO. This was only one of many important grants made through the generosity of UTO participants.

At Good Shepherd we hold two UTO ingatherings each year, in the spring and fall. UTO blue boxes and envelopes are made available in the narthex. You are invited to take a box or envelope home. Many individuals and families enjoy placing the box on their breakfast or dining room table, acknowledging their daily blessings with a meal-time prayer as they drop coins into the box.