Talmadge Hill Honors the Rev. Mich Zeman

Dear Friends of Talmadge Hill, 

On Saturday September 8th, we celebrated the life and ministry of the Reverend Mich Zeman.  It was an emotional, but ultimately joyful, occasion.  He had indeed touched many lives over the course of many years.  

Since then, a number of people have asked about monetary gifts to honor his legacy.  In response to those inquiries, this letter is intended to outline explicitly the opportunities for giving with instructions. 

If you would like to make a gift, you have 2 options from which to choose:

-  Option one reflects Mich’s great love for the Talmadge Hill Church.  In his last days, he communicated his desire to do more work on our Memorial Garden as well as a desire to support several initiatives with the THCC music ministry.  To support this option, you would write a check to The Talmadge Hill Church and mark the gift “Mich Zeman Legacy Fund”.  

-  Option two reflects Mich and Mary’s great love for Kenya and the power of education.  As you may or may not remember, Mich and Mary began their married lives in Kenya.  To honor this chapter in their lives, a primary school will be built in 2019 and dedicated in their names.  To support this option, you would write a check to Crossing Thresholds Inc. and mark the gift “Mich and Mary Zeman School”.  

Collectively, these giving opportunities reflect two of his deepest loves -- for church and for mission.  

All gifts can be mailed directly to the church, and all gifts (both to the Talmadge Hill Church and to Crossing Thresholds) are tax deductible.

In gratitude, 



There is a great difference between knowledge and wisdom.  You can know many things, you can know a lot of facts about things, even facts about yourself, but it is the truths that you realize yourself that move deeply into you.  Wisdom, then, is a deeper way of knowing.  Wisdom is the art of living in rhythm with your soul, your life, and the divine.  from Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O'Donohue


For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

--Rainer Rilke

Healing the Healer: A mindfulness and Dialogue for Life Workshop

September 14-15 at The Mariandale Center, Ossining, NY  914-941-4455
Facilitators: Danny Martin, STL, PhD and Diane J. Abatemarco, PhD, MSW


How we can deal with all the stress and negativity that we encounter and not let it overwhelm or depress us? How can we meet the inevitable struggles that are part of every life, at home and at work, and allow these struggles to be our teachers? Research has shown that we can indeed learn to work with the challenging aspects of llife by training our minds to expand, through the practice of Mindfulness and Dialogue. Only a mind that is expanded will know how to live creatively in the face of life's challenges, and relate with others in ways that promote justice and compassion.

Join us for a 1.5 day retreat on Mindfulness and Dialogue for Life - Healing the Healer - that is designed for healers, including but not limited to therapists, counselors, nurses, social workers, teachers, physicians, clergy, and social service staff. Diane and Danny will introduce you to practices that will enable you to use brief meditation practices and dialogue skills to enhance your ability to befriend yourself and improve your interactions with clients, patients, and co-workers.

Learning Goals:
1. Develop Stress Management
2. Develop Mindfulness Practices
3. Develop Dialogue Practices
4. Develop a Mindfulness-Dialogue Practice

The cost of the complete program, including full board (single room) at Mariandale, NY is $335.00. For more information contact The Mariandale Center at 914-941-4455