Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

NCC Deeply Concerned for Two Baptist Clergy in Myanmar

The National Council of Churches joins with the American Baptist Churches USA, one of its member communions, in expressing deep concern for the safety of two Baptist pastors from Myanmar, the Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson, former General Secretary and currently President of the Kachin Baptist Convention, and Pastor Lanjaw Gam Seng. Both of these clergy,
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Gun Violence Must End Now

The news that two massacres took place this past weekend, one in El Paso, TX and the other in Dayton, OH, in which 29 people lost their lives within a span of 13 hours leave us numb, horrified, and in grief. These, the latest of 251 mass shootings this year, are clearly acts of domestic
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NCC Opposes Federal Death Penalty

The National Council of Churches opposes the Justice Department’s decision to reinstate the federal death penalty and to schedule the execution of five persons. We affirm our longstanding view that the death penalty is both a violation of the dignity and worth of human beings and has also proven to be ineffective as a deterrent
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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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