Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Black Methodist Coalition: “Liberty and Justice For All”

When President Obama was elected in 2008, pundits declared that the United States was entering a “post-racial era.”  At an historic gathering of Methodist denominations in Washington, DC., Bishop Reginald Jackson reminded the crowd gathered that with the gross inequalities that persist, and with vicious acts of race-based violence ongoing, a new struggle for “liberty
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Black Methodist Coalition Press Conference

Black Methodist Coalition Press Conference

This is the full audio of the press conference held by the Black Methodist Coalition on September 2, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Who Can We Trust?

By Tony Kireopoulos The most pressing, and debated, matter in foreign policy today is the proposed agreement between Iran and its negotiating partners regarding its nuclear program and what most understand as the future of security in the Middle East. The Obama Administration, on behalf of the United States, along with Britain, France, Germany, Russia
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The Symbol of the Confederate Flag

By Tony Kireopoulos A symbol is important. It represents what we believe, and it drives us to action in the name of that belief. It also does more than that: in the original sense of the word, a symbol makes the subject of that belief a present reality in the hearts and minds of those
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Protestant and Orthodox Communities Applaud Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment

Welcome Francis into a Long Line of Faith Leaders and Traditions Who Call for Stewardship of Creation Washington, D.C. – Standing in solidarity with their Catholic brothers and sisters, the National Council of Churches and Creation Justice Ministries express excitement and hope for Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. Acknowledging that Francis is
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NCC Grieves With Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses its deep sadness at the news of the mass killings last night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. We extend prayers to the families of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, his sister, and all others who died in another senseless mass shooting
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2015 Christian Unity Gathering Brings Inspiration, Focus, Spectacle

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches held its second annual Christian Unity Gathering, May 7-9, in Washington, DC with over 200 Christian leaders, scholars, activists, and ecumenists present from across the United States to focus on the NCC’s priority of interfaith peacemaking. The NCC pursues two main areas in its ecumenical work: to build interfaith
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A Call to Police Reform and Healing of Communities

WASHINGTON: In their cry, “No justice, no peace,” protesters in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York and in other cities across the country are expressing the same sentiments of disappointment and frustration as the prophet Habakkuk when he proclaimed, “O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you
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Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

May 7, 2015– This evening’s commemoration is a solemn occasion. We are gathered with our sisters and brothers in the Armenian Orthodox Church and the wider Armenian community to give witness to the Armenian Genocide. We are also gathered with them to acknowledge their faith and resilience in the face of such adversity. And so,
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NCC Calls for Justice, End to Violence in Baltimore

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches joins with the churches of Baltimore in grieving the loss of Freddie Gray. In the wake of his death and the violence that has followed, we call for sweeping changes to policing methods and procedures that will finally address the causes for the rage being expressed not only in
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