Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Do Not Carry Out Planned Deportations

 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.” Zechariah 7:9-10  NRSV The National Council of Churches urges the Trump administration not to go forward
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Faith Leaders Declare Opposition to War With Iran

WASHINGTON: Today, top faith leaders gathered in Washington, DC, to declare their opposition to war with Iran.  For weeks, the Trump Administration has been making provocative moves upsetting the balance that has been in place since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the “Iran Nuclear Deal,” was put in place in
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End Policies Creating the Crisis on the Border

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” -Matthew 2:18, NRSV Upon the recent news of numerous deaths on the US-Mexico border and appalling conditions in facilities detaining persons seeking refuge, including babies and children, the National Council
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Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune Joins NCC Staff

The National Council of Churches is pleased to announce the hiring of Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer.  Copeland-Tune begins this newly created position on June 10th. She brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the Council. One of America’s notable ecumenical leaders, Copeland-Tune is a tireless advocate for justice.
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NCC Laments Virginia Beach Shooting, Renews Call to End Gun Violence

The National Council of Churches laments yet another mass shooting, this time in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on May 31st. We mourn with the families, friends, and loved ones of the twelve persons who lost their lives in this horrific act of gun violence. No matter how many mass shootings take place, we do not accept
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NCC Urges De-Escalation of Tensions with Iran

The escalation of tensions with Iran, provoked by the Trump administration, is deeply worrisome. The National Council of Churches strongly urges President Trump to pursue a path of diplomacy and negotiations, marked by good faith, in order to avoid war. We draw encouragement from reports the president does not seek war with Iran. We call
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NCC Grieves With Congregation Chabad Synagogue

WASHINGTON: Once again, and too soon, the National Council of Churches and its family of member communions is saddened and distressed to learn about the shooting at the Congregation Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California.  Indeed, we are outraged that yet another hate crime has been directed against our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community,
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Ecumenical Leaders Organize Support of Striking Workers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts

Rev. Steven D. Martin National Council of Churches WASHINGTON: In one of the shortest and most effective strikes in recent years, Stop & Shop stores in New England reopened with a new labor agreement after two months of deadlocked negotiations. During the ten days of the strike, faith leaders joined in urging members of their
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JOINT STATEMENT: Facing a Critical Moment

Joint Statement of the Cuban Council of Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA HAVANA, CUBA and WASHINGTON, DC: Today, Friday, April 26, the fifth day after Easter Sunday, we come together once again as two Christian ecumenical councils to affirm our faith and love in Jesus Christ. Like
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NCC Expresses Grief and Lament Over Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka

The National Council of Churches expresses grief and lament over the horrific attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka as worshipers gathered for Easter Sunday celebrations on April 21, 2019, turning this joyous day into one of mourning and chaos. 290 people were killed and more than 500 were injured. Upon hearing the news, NCC President
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