Steven Martin

Director of Communications and Development for the National Council of Churches.

Posts by Steven Martin

The Real Immigration Crisis

Greetings from the 2019 government shutdown!  As I record this podcast, we’re in the middle of the longest government shutdown in history.  The central issue of the shutdown is immigration, and the central object is a wall. My guest today is Rev. Noel Andersen, Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants’ Rights for the United Church of Christ
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NCC Grieves Death of 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl, Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

The National Council of Churches (NCC) grieves deeply upon hearing the news that a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, died of dehydration and shock while in the custody of United States Customs and Border Patrol during the first week of December.  The NCC has previously decried the use of tear gas on persons migrating across
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NCC Opposes the First Step Act (S.3649)

“They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” -Jeremiah 6:14 (NRSV) 
The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA expresses its opposition to the revised First Step Act, as introduced.  Despite current bipartisan enthusiasm for any move toward criminal justice reform, the First
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Rituals, Faith, and Life (podcast)

Aside from going to church every Sunday, which I’m sure you do, and eagerly participating in the liturgy and ceremonies of worship, what are some other rituals you participate in on a regular basis?  The author of “Human Rites,” spelled R-I-T-E-S, would like you to think about the rituals we live by, what they mean,
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NCC Outraged at Illegal Use of Tear Gas on Unarmed Asylum-Seekers

You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. -Deuteronomy 10:19 NRSV The National Council of Churches is outraged at the illegal use of tear gas on unarmed asylum-seekers at the US-Mexico border on Sunday. This asymmetrical use of force against a crowd that included children was immoral and
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Community Engagement Series Podcast: pre-election edition

Tomorrow is election day!  And many are saying that this is the most consequential election in modern history. Today we’re once again hearing from our guest host, LaKesha Womack, as she interviews Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Founder of Grace and Race Ministries, and a former head of the Washington office for the National Council of Churches.
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Podcast: An Interview with Rev. Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner

Over the past few weeks we have been holding webinars, with mixed success, designed to help us learn better ways of getting out the vote.  Our host for these webinars, LaKesha Womack, has interviewed experts on state and local elections, the importance of the Supreme Court, and has hosted a town hall at our Christian
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NCC Urges Prayers for Peace, Pleads for Calm, Civility, and Healing

The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and his soul hates the lover of violence. -Psalm 11:5 (NRSV) WASHINGTON: The tragic news of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this morning, coupled with the attempted mail bombings of numerous American public figures, as well as a racially-motivated shooting
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National Council of Churches Recognizes Three Outstanding Faith Leaders at Christian Unity Gathering

On Tuesday, October 16, three outstanding leaders of the ecumenical and interreligious movements were recognized for their achievements by the National Council of Churches (NCC).  Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Rabbi David Saperstein, and Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland Tune were honored in a banquet held as part of the NCC’s “Christian Unity Gathering” in College Park, MD,
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The Urgent Need to Lift our Voice in Our Elections

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan. -Proverbs 29:2 (NRSV)   Scripture compels us to an increasing affirmation of the dignity and value of every human, all of whom share the “image of God.” This reflection includes mutual support and empowerment of each individual and voice.
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