Religion: Bishop's Pence

In Depression-ridden 1933, the late Rt. Rev. George Craig Stewart, Episcopal Bishop of Chicago, cast about for a way to raise money from church members who were growing increasingly worried about raising money for themselves. He asked them to put a small container on the family table and put in a penny after grace at each meal. Through war and good times, the 6-in. cans stayed on the tables, and last week Chicago's Episcopal piggy bank hit the million-dollar mark.

The 14,000 containers are collected five times a year; the diocese returns 45% of the money to the parish, keeps 45% for...

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