Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Remembering Bishop Richard Allen, AME Founder (podcast)

Recently the United States Postal service unveiled a new stamp featuring an important African American leader.  This was the culmination of years of effort to have Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal, or AME Church, recognized in this manner. In this episode we will hear the story of how this effort came to
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Faith and Flint: the Flint, MI Water Crisis (podcast)

When you turn on your tap water, do you take for granted the clean, fresh water that comes from the faucet?  Have you ever imagined it being so dirty, so toxic, that you couldn’t drink it at all?  Can you imagine not being able to bathe or shower in clean water? For many persons living
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NCC Welcomes New Rules on Solitary Confinement, Life Sentences for Juveniles

The National Council of Churches applauds President Obama’s order banning the use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system. This ban comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling that its 2012 decision banning mandatory life sentences for juveniles can be retroactively applied. We are particularly excited about this steady
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Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? (podcast)

Is the God of Christianity and the God of Islam the same God, or do believers in these religions ultimately believe in different gods?  This question is at the heart of many of today’s discussions that begin in religion and boil over into politics.  On this inaugural episode of the podcast of the National Council
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NCC Applauds New Gun Rules

The National Council of Churches expresses its gratitude and appreciation for President Obama’s bold announcement of an executive order strengthening background checks and limiting access to loopholes for gun sales in the United States.  We applaud him also for his order to provide new funding for access to mental health care, and for additional personnel
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NCC Joins in Outrage at Trump’s Call to Ban Muslims

It is gratifying that many faith leaders, media figures, and politicians have denounced the demand by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that Muslims be banned from entering the country. The National Council of Churches joins our voice to those who have expressed outrage at his comments. At the recent meeting of the Governing Board of
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NCC Urges Hospitality, Care Toward Refugees

“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” -Deuteronomy 10:19, NRSV As Scripture is clear about our responsibility to care for refugees, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA supports the extension of hospitality by the United States to those who are fleeing the turmoil
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Keep our Elections Free from Hateful Rhetoric

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” (Proverbs 16:24 NRSV) The National Council of Churches calls on all candidates for office to refrain from utilizing speech that reflects hatred of others and results in the division of society as a way to promote their candidacies. We similarly
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Recent Middle East Violence and Acts of Terrorism

Over many years, the National Council of Churches has often expressed our aspirations and sorrows, our confidence and fears, related to an eventual peace in the Middle East. At this time, Inter-communal violence is consuming Israel and the Palestinian Territories Terrorism and civil conflict are raining fire upon Syria and Iraq Horrific acts of terrorism
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Grieving with Paris, Beirut, Baghdad

Common prayer in Geneva responds to acts of violence Commemorating the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23 was to have been the principal focus of the service of Sunday morning prayer on 15 November in the cathedral church of Saint-Pierre at the summit of Geneva’s old town. Following terror attacks in Beirut and Paris killing and wounding
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