Who We Are
Welcome to Marble Collegiate Church!
We are glad you are with us! Whether you cross our threshold virtually or in person, we know you will find a place in our embracing community. This is church the way you always hoped it could be.
Please take a moment to read the following from our Senior Minister, Dr. Michael B. Brown about who we are, what we believe and what you can expect at Marble Collegiate Church. Continue on this page to find out more about this unique church, and also read our Mission, Vision and Values statements.
Who are we at Marble Collegiate Church?
Marble Collegiate Church is a diverse, inclusive community of God’s people led by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We inspire everyone to become positive thinkers who make a difference in the world.
We are a community of believers, dating back to 1628 and looking forward to days, years, and centuries still to come. And yet, as people who appreciate our past and prepare for our future, we seek faithfully to live, worship, and serve in the now.
We are a community of people on a shared journey of life and Faith. We are committed to inclusivity, to being a place of welcome, safety, love, and respect for all persons regardless of age, station, economics, color, sexual orientation, or any of the categories the world constructs to segregate or alienate people from people. In this place, we celebrate that we are all children of the same God and thus are all sisters and brothers to each other.
We believe in God, God’s love, God’s unconditional grace, and God’s claim upon our lives. We believe that God’s nature is revealed in a plethora of ways, but especially through the life and teachings of Jesus. We believe that God’s love and Christ’s example can help us be more than we could be on our own: more authentic, more empowered, more caring, more purposeful, more fulfilled, more at peace, and more joyous.
We believe that we are chosen and called … Chosen to be God’s children and called to serve God’s world. Through worship, study, fellowship, and small groups, we feel the blessing of being chosen as God’s family. Through mission, outreach, and acts of love we answer God’s call to make life brighter and better for people. Our faith is the source of our positive thinking about God, about self, and about our uncompromising hope that the world can still become what it was created to be.
Marble Collegiate Church’s denominational affiliations are with The Reformed Church in America and The United Church of Christ. One of the oldest places of worship of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of the City of New York and part of the oldest Protestant organization in North America with continuous service. It was organized in 1628 under the Dutch West India Company during Peter Minuit’s Governorship of New Amsterdam. In fact, Minuit was appointed an Elder of the church by our first minister, Jonas Michaelius. Please visit our History page for a complete timeline and fascinating look at Marble’s place in history.
Today Marble Collegiate Church is a vibrant place of fellowship and deep belonging where the teachings of Jesus Christ and the power of positive thinking are interpreted through the dynamic leadership of Dr. Michael B. Brown for all to become their best selves. The contemporary insights of Dr. Brown, along with the message of former Senior Ministers, Dr. Arthur Caliandro and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, who wrote The Power of Positive Thinking during his time here, make the theological understanding of the mission of the church relevant to today’s world. Here all persons are loved as sacred sons and daughters of God, and are openly included at Marble regardless of race, sexual orientation or background. Change and growth are primary at Marble -- growing in relation to God, and in one's personal life, relationships and calling.
Marble Church proclaims faith in one God as expressed through the Holy Trinity; God the creator, the person of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible to be a unique and authoritative account of God's work in the world and interaction with humanity. The Bible is not to be interpreted literally, but is a guide for faith that yields insights and new life each day. We encourage members to read and interpret the Scriptures for themselves, to discuss their meaning together, and to pose questions in a safe and sacred space to do so. Marble Church recognizes two Sacraments: Baptism and Communion. Baptism is performed for infants, children, and unbaptized adult new members and symbolizes the person's welcome into the family of God. Holy Communion is the joyful feast of the people of God, remembering Christ's total and unconditional love for us and our fellowship and reconciliation with Him.
Sunday Worship at 11:00am is the heart of the Marble Church community where we gather to sing, pray, and be changed by an encounter with God. Our beautiful and historic Sanctuary is the setting where so many are lifted, either in person, or via live-streaming, through our joyful music, the inspiring sermons of Dr. Brown and our other ministers, or sitting together in silent prayer. Marble is known throughout the world for the practical, powerful, life-changing messages that are preached on Sundays. If you've never been to Sunday Worship at Marble, join us -- you will be transformed by the Spirit in this special place! (Childcare, assistive listening system, and handicap accessibility are available for Sunday service.)
And Marble has more ways for you to Worship:
- WeWo - Wednesday Worship: 6:15pm on Wednesdays in the Marble Loft (next door at 274 Fifth Avenue).
- Live Stream: If you can’t join us in person, our Sunday service is live streamed every Sunday morning, and can also be accessed anytime through our archives, or on the Marble app.
New to Marble?
Please stop by our Welcome Center to be greeted, enjoy a cup of coffee, and learn more about our faith community. First-time visitors will receive a welcome bag.
Our Welcome Center is available every Sunday after Worship at 12:15pm during Coffee Hour, usually in the Marble Loft, next door at 274 Fifth Avenue, and also after WeWo: Wednesday Worship at 7:15pm.
Please contact our Welcome Ministry staff member: Colleen Cosgrove.