Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

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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Pesner Installed as Director of RAC

WASHINGTON – The National Council of Churches joins with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in congratulating Rabbi Jonah Pesner upon his installation as RAC’s new Director. Rabbi Pesner’s directorship was celebrated with prayers and a reception today in Washington, DC. He is the second Director of the RAC in its history, following the
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Armenian Genocide: 100 Years of Denial

April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Armenian Genocide, which took place in Turkey from 1915 to 1923. Denied as genocide by the Turkish Government and characterized by it as merely part of the general violence of World War I, remarkably the United States has not yet officially recognized this horrific
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National Muslim-Christian Initiative, March 24-25, 2015

A meeting of the National Muslim-Christian Initiative, a major dialogue between Muslim and Christian leaders, took place in late March, gathering together nearly 40 Christian and Muslim senior representatives from around the country to engage issues of concern to both communities, including deliberate discussion of Islamphobia in the US and religious extremist ideology abroad. The
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NCC Stands With Assyrian Christians, Condemns ISIS Attack

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches condemns the ISIS attack against Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria. This time, in addition to killing many and forcing others to flee, the terrorist group kidnapped some 150 people, women, children and the elderly. Some reports indicate as many as 400 were kidnapped. Among the captives are reported
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NCC Condemns ISIS executions of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches received with great distress the news of the execution of 21 Coptic Christians by ISIS in Libya. We deplore all forms of extremist violence carried out in the name of religion, and are outraged by yet another demonstration of perverse violence perpetrated by ISIS militants in this brutal act
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Statement on Upcoming Address to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches is troubled by the plans for Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the United States Congress next month.  We call upon House Speaker John Boehner to rescind his ill-advised invitation, or, in the absence of Mr. Boehner’s decision to do so, we urge Mr. Netanyahu to cancel his
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Statement on Recent ISIS Executions

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches joins the world in grief and outrage at ISIS’s executions of Japanese hostages Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto, and Jordanian hostage Moath al-Kasasbeh. The utter bankruptcy of this extremist ideology, which looks to horrific violence to prop up its credibility, cannot be allowed to stand any longer. We join
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The Charlie Hebdo Massacre

The National Council of Churches Stands with Muslims in Condemning French Attack The National Council of Churches joins the world in expressing outrage upon the news of the killings of the 12 employees of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. We condemn the killings, along with any ideology that seeks to silence voices of comment and
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