January 1, 1967: Dr. Caliandro joins the staff of Marble Collegiate Church as Minister of Evangelism.
May 9, 1975: Dr. Caliandro is installed as a Collegiate Associate Minister, the forty-sixth minister of the Collegiate Church.
1984: Dr. Caliandro succeeds Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as Senior Minister of Marble Collegiate Church.
2008: Dr. Caliandro and Dr. Ed Mulder completed the stained glass windows in the Sanctuary and over the Fifth Avenue door, a vision that was begun in 1891 by Dr. Burrell.
November, 1975: Marble launches into Cable TV with Dr. Caliandro’s brother Bruno Caliandro as the Director.
1980’s-2009: Dr. Caliandro continues a 40+ year run on WOR Radio, the most listened-to station in America. The program airs Sunday evening throughout the entire East Coast.
1982: The Cassette Ministry begins. Recordings of Dr. Peale’s and Dr. Caliandro’s Sunday sermons are made available immediately after the worship service.
1987: Under Dr. Caliandro’s leadership, a public relations firm is hired and a sweeping ad campaign is developed and continues to identify Marble as a place of inclusiveness and healing.
1987: Dr. Caliandro’s media ministry – Making Your Life Count Ministries – airs locally on Manhattan Cable and nationwide on the VISN network. His printed sermons, cassettes, radio and television broadcasts reach a national audience.
1993: Marble’s media ministry changes its name to MarbleVision.
1999: The world premiere of a weekly network series called “Simple Faith with Dr. Arthur Caliandro” on the Hallmark Channel is seen in over 80 million homes worldwide.
2007: With Dr. Caliandro’s forward-leaning vision, MarbleVision video streams its weekly Sunday worship to a worldwide audience on the Internet.
2008: Marble Church takes its message to YouTube, producing videos including “man on the street” interviews where people respond to the questions “Is God in New York City?” and “Do you believe in miracles?”
1986: The Hotel Outreach Committee is organized, offering aid and programs for youth to families in nearby welfare hotels.
1986: An increased thrust in Christian benevolence is launched. The Easter Offering soars to new levels as the church responds to the needs of the community, benefiting those in need locally and abroad.
1987: The Tri-Faith Shelter for homeless men is established in cooperation with Temple Emanu-El and St. Francis De Sales RC. Three faiths work together to help those in need.
1987: Marble Collegiate Church becomes the first church in America to sponsor an “I Have A Dream” program, guaranteeing a college education to sixth graders at P.S. 92 who qualified by graduating from high school.
1989: Marble adopts and finances the building of a Reformed Church in Budapest, Hungary, in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union.
1991: Dr. Caliandro and Dr. James. A Forbes, Jr. of the Riverside Church, found A Partnership of Faith in New York City, an interfaith group of Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim clergy who meet regularly to explore their faith traditions and promote reconciliation. The annual Thanksgiving “trialogue” sermon with an Imam and a Rabbi joining Dr. Caliandro on the chancel is born.
1977: The Prayer Partnership begins. A lay committee is formed to pray for every church member during the course of the year. This program marks the beginning of the successful partnership of Dr. Florence Pert and Dr. Caliandro who would, over the next three decades, create and develop programming to meet the needs of the church and the diverse community it serves.
1993: A committee is established to plan more formal engagement of the gay and lesbian members of the church. In 1994, GIFTS (Gays/Lesbians in Faith, Tradition and Service) is launched, affirming the spiritual call of welcoming and including all in the life of the Marble community.
1991: At the beginning of the Persian Gulf War, Dr. Caliandro takes a stand with rising voice from Marble’s pulpit and social and professional circles, speaking out against war as a solution.
2006: Marble marks the third anniversary of the war in Iraq by holding a prayer vigil and begins the Prayers for Peace project. Names of U.S. servicemen and women killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan are attached to yellow ribbons on the church fence. Blue ribbons acknowledge the loss of local civilians in those war-torn countries. Green ribbons signify peace. To date, there are over 4,800 names on over two miles of ribbons.
Publications by Dr. Caliandro
1980: Dr. Caliandro’s first book, Make Your Life Count, is published by Harper & Row.
2000: His second book Simple Steps –Ten Things You Can Do to Create an Exceptional Life is published by McGraw Hill.
2004: Lost and Found - 23 Things You Can Do to Find Personal Freedom is published by McGraw Hill.
2008: MarbleVision publishes a collection of Dr. Caliandro’s sermons entitled Simple Faith: Messages of Hope and Love.
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