Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

April is Second Chance Month

April is almost over, but it’s not too late to talk about Second Chance Month.  Even a body as divided as the US Senate unanimously declared April as Second Chance Month, a month to focus on ways to help people pick up their lives again after a period of incarceration. This week we will talk
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General Secretary Jim Winkler’s Speech to Cairo Peace Conference

I extend greetings to His Eminence, the Grand Imam, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, His Holiness Pope Francis, His Beatitude the Ecumenical Patriarch, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, your eminences, distinguished guests, friends, sisters, and brothers. I bring you greetings of peace. Jesus taught, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall
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Letter to Pres. Trump on Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

Dear President Donald Trump, Greetings to you in the name of the risen Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. The National Council of Church in Korea and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. wish to share our deep concern about the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. Tensions and the possibility
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The People’s Climate March (podcast)

The power of the march has been clearly demonstrated over the past few months with huge marches gathering in Washington, DC and New York City.  But the real power has come when those marches take place across all the other cities in America, where a real nationwide movement is demonstrated.  Coming up soon is the
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Holy Week, Syria, and Christian Ethics (podcast)

In the days leading up to Holy Week, a chemical weapon attack against civilians has taken place in Syria, and the United States has attacked a Syrian airbase in retaliation.  As cable news pundits celebrated the US attack as “beautiful” and “spectacular,” is there a particularly Christian way of viewing the violence in Syria? In
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NCC Sends Holy Week Greetings, Mourns Violence in Syria and Egypt

Christ is Risen from the dead! Trampling down death by death, And upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Orthodox Christian Easter Hymn)   This week the National Council of Churches, along with the entire Christian community, travels the road to Easter.  Beginning with Palm Sunday, and the commemoration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem;
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Flint, Michigan: a follow-up (podcast)

When we first started this podcast, we took a look at the problems that were occurring in Flint, Michigan, where the water has been unusable for years.  A year later, things are improving, but the problems for Flint’s water aren’t over yet. This week we’ll talk with Ryan Cumming of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
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Anti-Semitism On The Rise? (podcast)

Since January, a rash of surprising and disturbing anti-Semitic incidents have taken place across the country, with Jewish centers being threatened and cemeteries vandalized.  What’s behind this upsurge in anti-Semitism? Rabbi Jack Moline is the Director of the Interfaith Alliance, a national organization that stands on the front line fighting against hatred and bigotry.  Jack
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Ecumenical Declaration: Protecting Welcome, Restoring Hope

Ecumenical Declaration: Protecting Welcome, Restoring Hope We representatives of Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican communions in the United States, Church World Service and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States, gathered together this 10th day of February, 2017, seek to join our efforts to those of other religious communities striving for the
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Statement on recent anti-Semitic incidents

The National Council of Churches denounces recent anti-Semitic incidents and condemns rhetoric that has fueled such acts. We stand firmly with our Jewish brothers and sisters during this difficult time.  As a community of 38 Christian communions in the United States, the National Council of Churches continues to pray and work for a nation in
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