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Weekly services held at 5 PM
607 Manhattan Ave., Greenpoint NY 11222
ph: 347-410-6543
email: info@originalblessing.org

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Financial Literacy

It takes courage to begin looking at the ways that money shapes and influences our lives. Understanding how money impacts us is an important element of a conscious lifestyle. By deepening our understanding of money, we can create huge shifts in our lives that make room for healing, dreams and security. We will discuss very important basics that give us the skills to understand money and we will talk about how we are affected psychologically and spiritually.

Please join us.


Goal Setting
Psychology of Money
Giving, Credit and Debt Management
Savings and Retirement Planning
Ethics of Investing and Sacred Economics

Mondays 10/6, 10/13, (two week break) 11/3, 11/10, and 11/17
from 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Church of the Ascension
122 Java St, New York, NY 11222

$30 for all classes, materials, and dinner!


Mark Salinger

Mark Sallinger, CFP® is a financial planner/wealth manager for MTP Advisors. He possesses more than twenty-five years of broad financial services industry and consulting experience. He provides comprehensive financial planning and investment management services to individuals and small businesses. Specifically, he focuses on dealing with the complex financial realities of modern married and unmarried couples.

He obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification in 1996 after completing his studies at New York University (NYU). Mark earned a Masters in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University (SMU) after receiving his Bachelors of Science in Management from Tulane University.

He is an active member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA®) and serves as the Co-Director of the Pro Bono Committee for the New York chapter. Mark dedicates his time providing financial literacy education and individual planning services to the low income and under-served populations of New York City. Additionally, he is active in his community serving as a board member on the Williamsburg/Greenpoint Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and committee member of the Friends of East River State Park.


Sample Sermon - Reparation

A lot of emphasis is put on the brokenness of the world, but what about the work done as healers. We feel the wounding of the Earth deeply. We are called to talk about it. But most importantly we are called to be healers in Creation.

It is easy to become stuck in a narrative of “this is the way it always has been and the way it always will be.” But this is someone else’s story. It does not have to be our story. We are only captives to that story because we choose it for ourselves.

This is how so many people relate to one another, to the Earth, to God. A story was created and defined by someone else and we picked it up as if it were our own. There are other stories, however. Healing stories. And we can tell them. We can sing them into existence.

Visit our Vimeo page for more sample sermon videos.


Our mission at Original Blessing is to transform the lives of the 400,000 people who live in North Brooklyn and Western Queens. It is not to have a well-funded congregation with high salaries. It is not to have a beautiful sanctuary.

It is to transform the lives of the people we live with.

We feel we have been called to participate in a movement of change and transformation. We would like to invite you into helping us realize this mission.

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We are also committed to transforming the relationship we have with money. We regularly hold financial literacy courses to help people understand our attitudes and behaviors towards money. We also are committed to developing a conversation around Sacred Economics and a gift economy. If you would like to learn more, please check out this video by Charles Eisenstien and contact us for more information on our meetings.

Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.

Today, these trends have reached their extreme – but in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.


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If you have any questions you can reach us at info@originalblessing.org or by phone at 347-410-6543.

Sunday Service is held at:
Awakening NY
607 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn NY 11222

Mailing Address:
PO BOx 110667, Brooklyn NY 11211