Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Sen. Cory Booker on Sentencing Reform (podcast)

The criminal justice system is broken.  The United States incarcerates a higher percentage of its citizens per capita than any other industrialized nation. This week we talk with one of the champions of sentencing reform, Senator Cory Booker, about a bill that is currently before the Senate.  This bill is the most comprehensive reform of
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Pursuing Peace and Strengthening Presence: The Atlanta Summit of Churches in the USA and the Holy Land

A Statement The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA April 19 to April 20, 2016 Preamble 1. We have come together in this unique first-time large scale Summit for Christian churches and church-related organizations from the USA and the Holy Land following the example and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ on peacemaking, the dignity owed to
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Olav Fykse Tveit of the World Council of Churches (podcast)

Last week a delegation from the World Council of Churches came to the United States on a pilgrimage of solidarity.  Leading the delegation was Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, one of today’s great Christian leaders. In this episode, we will take this esteemed opportunity to discuss with Olav his journey into ministry, his view of
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Exploring the Theological Basis for Lifting the Voices of the Marginalized

Presented here are audio recordings of the NCC’s pre-conference workshop at Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington, DC, April 15, 2016.  Recordings can be accessed by either clicking on the links below, or by accessing the NCC’s weekly podcast at iTunes and Stitcher Radio. Christians gathering at the 2016 Ecumenical Advocacy Days will be lifting their
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John Dorhauer: The Challenge and Hope of the Church (podcast)

Last fall, Rev. John Dorhauer became the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, one of the National Council of Churches’ 38 member communions. A leader many call a “visionary,” Dorhauer begins his term of office challenging his denomination to be serious about dealing with white privilege, church vitality, and the church’s
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Know Your Neighbor: Essentially American, Essentially Christian (podcast)

At a time in American history when technology has provided more possibilities for connection, unfortunately, society seems to be more fragmented and fearful than ever.   In the coming years, will religion be something that brings us together or drives us apart?  What misconceptions do each of us hold about another person’s faith that make
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Forty Faith Organizations Sign Court Brief Defending The Clean Power Plan

Washington, D.C. – Today the National Council of Churches, along with a coalition of 39 other religious organizations, submitted an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief in support of the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever federal standards on carbon pollution from power plants. In the brief, the groups identify climate change as a pressing issue
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Gun Violence and the Pro-Life Movement (podcast)

What is an appropriate relationship between a Christian and guns?  As gun ownership is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment and is increasing in popularity, Christians are free to seek the answer to this question for themselves, and emotions are strong in both directions. In this episode of the National Council of Churches Podcast, we will talk
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Terror Attacks in Brussels, Pakistan, and Across the World

The National Council of Churches mourns for those who died in recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, and Lahore, Pakistan and prays for those who are recovering from injuries. We condemn all acts of violence that intentionally target innocent people. We view these incidents as attacks on individual human lives, communities, people of faith, and
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Recidivism and Re-entry: What Churches Can Do (podcast)

Many churches today are involved in ministry to people who are serving time in prison.  But a growing number of churches are becoming involved in ministry to prisoners AFTER they are released. In this episode of the National Council of Churches Podcast, we will talk to Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, who teaches at Howard
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