Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

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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Love makes me…

If you were asked, “What does love motivate you to do?” what would be your answer?   Produced by the Christian Education, Ecumenical Faith Formation, and Leadership Development Convening Table of the National Council of Churches.Please share this message of love! Paste this link into your social media:

From the Christian Unity Gathering: Bishop Michael Curry (podcast)

Last week at our Christian Unity Gathering, closing worship celebrated the gifts of the week.  One of the greatest gifts was about to come, as Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry gave the homily.   In this week’s podcast, we will replay Bishop Curry’s homily in its entirety.
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Photos from the 2016 Christian Unity Gathering

Dr. David Gushee: “Called to Resist Bigotry” (podcast)

Last week the NCC signed on to a statement called, “A Call to Resist Bigotry: A Statement of Faithful Obedience.”  This statement, signed by Christian leaders from a wide range of perspectives, addresses the open bigotry that has been a hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In this episode, we will talk with Dr. David Gushee,
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CUG Opening Homily: Metropolitan Tikhon

Fear Not: God’s Love in an Anxious Age Opening Sermon by Metropolitan Tikhon National Council of Churches 3rd Annual Christian Unity Gathering Doubletree Hotel/Baltimore-Washington Airport May 4, 2016 In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit! Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not
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