Knowledge is Indeed Power by Elise Hanley
Posted on May 31, 2012 by Elise Hanley

For the past three Wednesday nights, we have had a discussion series after our WeWo service in order to explore more deeply three themes of the Belhar Confession: unity, justice and reconciliation. Unfortunately, I missed the conversation about justice as I was away, but I hear that it was a fruitful discussion that raised some excellent points.

Final Prattsville Blog by Elise Hanley
Posted on May 16, 2012 by Elise Hanley

Prattsville – Days 3 & 4 and a Final Reflection

I found it difficult at times to report back on all we were doing while also trying to get some work done in Prattsville! Often times, I’d find myself with a tool in one hand and my iPhone in another, trying to snap a photo or take some video. So now I will catch up and give a quick overview of our last 2 days, as well as an overall reflection of the trip and why I believe it was critical that we went.

Day 2 in Prattsville by Elise Hanley
Posted on May 7, 2012 by Elise Hanley

The real work begins!

We were up early in order to be on time for breakfast at 7:30 am and to be down at the work site by 8:30 am. After eating breakfast we each packed a brown bag lunch to take with us to the work site. The meals have been great, and we have also had time to talk with the other two groups with us, one from Michigan and one from Wisconsin (one is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, and the other is from an RCA Church).

Day 1 in Prattsville by Elise Hanley
Posted on May 4, 2012 by Elise Hanley

Story of MY life: I began the day by running late!

So by the time Tom, Efrain, Sarah and I departed from Marble Church, we were already an hour behind. On the road, we literally went "into the woods" as our directions had us detour through the Huntersfield State Forest. Beautiful... but a scary drive: a winding, dirt road with poor traction. After many mumbled prayers we came out at the other end and to the Huntersfield Christian Training Center, where we are staying and being provided breakfast and dinner each day.

Join Us for Ecclesia on Easter Sunday by Elise Hanley
Posted on April 6, 2012 by Elise Hanley

Many of you will know that the word “Ecclesia” or “Ekklesia” in Greek basically translates to “church.” Marble has participated in the Ecclesia NY Ministry for more than 5 years, helping to host a “street church” in Madison Square Park along with several other Manhattan congregations of various denominations. Some may wonder why we do this, and what it is all about!

Nothing to Undo by Elise Hanley
Posted on January 19, 2012 by Elise Hanley

Every once in a while, I hit the wrong button or part of the screen on my iPhone, and a dialogue box pops up that says “Nothing to Undo.” While it’s probably silly to admit, I’ve found this reassuring. Comforting, even.

I'll Have a Blue Christmas by Elise Hanley
Posted on December 23, 2011 by Elise Hanley

This year, more than ever before, I am thinking of all the people in our community and city who will be sad on Christmas.

Angels Among Us by Elise Hanley
Posted on December 16, 2011 by Elise Hanley

A week ago Friday, the Marble Women’s Ministry sponsored its second Movie Night, and about a dozen women gathered in the comfy lounge on the 6th floor of Marble to watch The Bishop’s Wife. This 1947 black and white classic stars Cary Grant as Dudley, an angel who gets called into action by a prayer from an Episcopal Bishop named Henry. The Bishop is trying to have a new cathedral built, but is running into financial and political difficulties.

Extravagant Generosity by Elise Hanley
Posted on December 1, 2011 by Elise Hanley

It is only December 1st, but I am already wowed and in awe of the generous Christmas spirit of the Marble community!