Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

NCC Condemns Violence, Grieves Loss of Life in Cairo

The National Council of Churches grieves the loss of twenty-five lives in the bombing of St. Peter’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday.  We join with faith leaders around the world in condemning this horrific act, praying for the surviving victims, and calling for an end to this senseless violence. We are grateful
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Has the Bonhoeffer Moment Finally Arrived? (podcast)

“Has the Bonhoeffer moment finally arrived?”  This is a question recently asked by Dr. Stephen Haynes, one of the nation’s top scholars of the work and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian whose name is being evoked in many places today. My guest today posed this question in a recent article in the Huffington
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Churches for Middle East Peace: An interview with Mae Cannon (podcast)

As we journey into Advent and head towards Christmas, the stories of the child of Bethlehem are heard in churches and homes across the country.  When we hear the stories of the shepherd’s fields and the manger, it’s sometimes surprising to learn that Bethlehem is a real city, today with thousands of fellow Christians living
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NCC Denounces Israel’s Deportation of Christian Leader

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA denounces the detention, interrogation, and deportation of Dr. Isabel Phiri, Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, at Ben Gurion Airport by the Israeli government. Dr. Phiri was part of a high-level World Council of Churches delegation to the Holy Land, and
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NCC and Creation Justice Ministries applaud developments at Standing Rock

The National Council of Churches of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and Creation Justice Ministries join in expressing their deep appreciation to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers for the historic decision to not grant an easement for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through the contested site in Standing
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Muslims and the New Reality: a Conversation With Catherine Orsborn (podcast)

In the days before and after the election, the nation has seen a dramatic rise in incidents of racial bias, particularly incidents of anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim bias.  What’s going on? In this episode, we’ll talk to Catherine Orsborn, director of Shoulder-to-Shoulder, a coalition religious groups dedicated to reducing anti-Muslim bigotry in the US.  Catherine
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Standing with Standing Rock: Water Protectors and the New Selma (podcast)

In early November, hundreds of clergy came to Cannon Ball, North Dakota, at the invitation of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, to join in the protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through reservation land.  I attended that protest, and while there I met Mariama White-Hammond, today’s guest. Today we will talk with
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A Call to the President-Elect

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses hopes and prayers that President-Elect Donald J. Trump will govern in a magnanimous, just, and collaborative manner. Mr. Trump has himself been in the past part of congregations associated with the Council. We pray the words and teachings of Jesus that he has heard
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A Post-Election Press Conference (podcast)

For weeks we just wished for the day that it would soon all be over.  But election night 2016 came and went, and now a new set of challenges begin. Today we will play recording from a press conference assembled by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in which our own Aundreia Alexander
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“Celebrate Mercy” and Interfaith Friendship with Tarek El-Messidi (podcast)

In a nation becoming increasingly diverse, the need for interfaith engagement is growing.  But it remains difficult to build meaningful relationships between neighbors and groups that follow different religions.   In this episode, I get to introduce to you a longtime friend of mine, someone I met when I first started to get to know
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