UTO places a huge emphasis on intentionally practicing gratitude throughout the entire month of November, not just on Thanksgiving Day. We have created a variety of resources to help people of all ages explore their personal practice of gratitude. It is also crucial to understand the historical context and truth of Thanksgiving, so we have multiple resources from Indigenous Communities linked below.

UTO Materials

Liturgical resources that highlight the importance of gratitude created by The Rev. Erin Jean Warde. Includes multiple litanies and prayers of thanksgiving and a full service for Thanksgiving Day

Four weeks of practices online and at home to grow a more grateful heart by responding to God’s Gift of Creation. Activities will encourage you to engage with actions that not only give thanks for creation but seek to embed practices around conservation into your daily life as ways of giving thanks to God for the gifts that creation brings.

Materials for families to teach elementary-aged kids about gratitude during November.

UTO is hosting a virtual race from November 5-14. While this is not a downloadable resource, it is a great way for you to participant in thanksgiving for your body.

Materials for faith formation leaders to teach elementary-aged kids about gratitude during November.

External Materials

Native American Student Services at Oklahoma City Schools created this lesson plan to teach children about Thanksgiving, written from the perspective of Indigenous people of our country.

Created by the National Museum of the American Indian. This study guides offers an overview and discussion questions that might be helpful in teaching children about Thanksgiving.

The National Museum of the American Indian has a variety of resources for rethinking Thanksgiving and learning from the Indigenous perspectivel

List of Books

  • I am thankful: A Thanksgiving Book for Kids by Sheri Wall
  • Thank you, Thank you, Thank you by Melissa Peck
  • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp
  • Giving Thanks: More Than 100 Ways to Say Thank You by Ellen Surrey
  • We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell
  • 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace
  • We are still here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell