Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Retrospective on a Disastrous War

In the midst of the awful news of the shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, of Philando Castile near Minneapolis, MN, and of five Dallas police officers, I pause in the midst of a family vacation to reflect briefly on the Chilcot Inquiry, also known as the Iraq Inquiry, a high-level British government
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Statement regarding Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas killings

“My eyes are spent with weeping; my stomach churns; my bile is poured out on the ground because of the destruction of my people, because infants and babes faint in the streets of the city.” —Lamentations 2:11 NRSV “Please, Lord, you know our rights, Lord. You know we are innocent people, Lord. We are innocent
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Religious Liberty and the 2nd Amendment: Charles Haynes

With various states enacting laws giving rights to some while restricting the rights of others, the idea of religious liberty is back in the news today. We will talk today with one of the nation’s greatest authorities on religious liberty, Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Center in Washington, DC.  We will talk about
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Church and the State Department: Dr. Shaun Casey (podcast)

From his post at the US State Department, Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Dr. Shaun Casey has a unique perspective on the global refugee crisis and the role churches play in resettlement. For this episode of the National Council of Churches’ podcast, we will have a conversation with Shaun Casey about his new
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Lucy McBath: Jordan, Orlando, and the Idolatry of Guns (podcast)

Once again, America awoke to the reality of another mass shooting, this time arguably the worst in US history.  And once again, Congress seems unable, or unwilling, to act in any meaningful ways to put an end to this violence. Today we will talk with Lucy McBath, who became an activist after her son, Jordan
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In Wake of Orlando Shooting, America’s Faith Leaders Continue Push for Sentencing Reform

WASHINGTON, DC: Faith leaders from across the country converged today on the grounds of the US Capitol to pray for victims and families of the Orlando shooting and to pray that another issue critical to our safety and security — reform of systems that imprison 2.3 million Americans — is accomplished through changes in federal
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Statement on Orlando Shooting

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA was shocked and saddened by news of the largest mass shooting in our country’s history.  We deplore gun violence, hate crimes, and terrorism in all their manifestations. All of these forms of violence insidiously came together in this incident — a lone shooter using
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Shaarik Zafar on Muslims, Rhetoric, and Ramadan (podcast)

For Muslims, the holy month of Ramadan begins Sunday night.  It marks a month of restraint, self-reflection, and community gatherings.  It is a time of both deprivation and celebration. This week we will speak with Shaarik Zafar, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, a diplomat with the US State Department.  Shaarik will speak with us about
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Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the PCUSA (podcast)

A few weeks ago I caught up with Rev. Gradye Parsons, the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church USA and a key member of the NCC’s governing board. If you’ve ever met Gradye, you’re in for a treat today. He is as warm and accessible as he is forceful and to-the-point. In this episode we
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Metropolitan Tikhon, Orthodox Church of America (podcast)

The response to last week’s podcast of Bishop Curry’s homily at our Christian Unity Gathering was so strong that it seemed a good idea to bookend it with the first homily of the event, given by The Most Blessed Tikhon, Bishop of Washington, and Metropolitan of All America and Canada in the Orthodox Church in
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