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 the 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.
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 people of every age, station in life, economic status, color, sexual orientation, or category the world constructs to segregate or alienate people from each other. In this place, we celebrate that we are all children of the same God and thus are siblings to each other.
We believe God’s nature is revealed in many ways, but especially through the life and teachings of Jesus. We believe God’s love and Christ’s example can help us be more than we can be on our own: more authentic, empowered, caring, purposeful, fulfilled, at peace, and joy-filled.
We believe we are called to serve God’s world. Through worship, study, fellowship, and small groups, we help one another grow into who God created us to be. Through mission, outreach, and acts of love we answer God’s call to make life brighter and better for all people. Our faith is the source of our positive thinking about God, ourselves, and our uncompromising hope that the world can become what God created it 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 Bos for all to realize that they were made for more and become their best selves. The contemporary insights of Dr. Bos, along with the message of former Senior Ministers, Dr. Michael B. Brown, 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.
Our Mission, Vision, and Values
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 envision a world where we all become the individuals God created us to be.
Our core values describe what makes Marble an uplifting and inclusive community of God’s people. We are guided and motivated by the following values:
We believe that God’s love, Christ’s example, and the Spirit’s presence can help us be more than we could be on our own: more authentic, more empowered, more caring, more purposeful, more joyous, and more at peace with others and ourselves.
To become the best that we can be, each of us embarks on a lifelong spiritual journey. Engaging God through prayer and the Bible, we embrace and welcome change within ourselves and in our relationships with God and loved ones.
Everyone’s path of life and faith is unique and sacred. Just as God accepts us where and as we are, so as the people of God we offer that same acceptance to others. Likewise, we find inspiration and meaning in our differences.
Our journeys are deepened through the loving and supportive relationships we form with one another. Knowing that we belong, questions about faith can be lived into safely, passionately, and in the trusted company of fellow travelers who are on their own spiritual journeys.
God is deeply committed to us, and we commit to God by reaching out and helping one another, offering care and compassion to those around us, and contributing our time and our financial support to make a true difference in our neighborhood, city, and world. By doing so, we also transform ourselves.