Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Written Testimony Submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Written Testimony of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA Submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee Full Committee Hearing on S.2123 The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 October 19, 2015 The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses thanks to Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy
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NCC Grieves with Muslim Community in U.S., Worldwide

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches grieves with Muslims worldwide after hearing the news of the more than 700 worshipers who died in the tragedy that took place during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mina, a short distance outside of Mecca. It is especially tragic that these worshipers died during the Hajj, an event that
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The Syria Refugee Crisis and the Churches

The National Council of Churches echoes and endorses the call of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service for the US Government to open its borders to 100,000 Syrian refugees this coming fiscal year, in addition to increasing the total U.S. resettlement commitment to 100,000 refugees from other parts of the world. Along with our ecumenical colleagues
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Black Methodist Coalition: “Liberty and Justice For All”

When President Obama was elected in 2008, pundits declared that the United States was entering a “post-racial era.”  At an historic gathering of Methodist denominations in Washington, DC., Bishop Reginald Jackson reminded the crowd gathered that with the gross inequalities that persist, and with vicious acts of race-based violence ongoing, a new struggle for “liberty
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Black Methodist Coalition Press Conference

Black Methodist Coalition Press Conference

This is the full audio of the press conference held by the Black Methodist Coalition on September 2, 2015, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Iran’s Nuclear Program: Who Can We Trust?

By Tony Kireopoulos The most pressing, and debated, matter in foreign policy today is the proposed agreement between Iran and its negotiating partners regarding its nuclear program and what most understand as the future of security in the Middle East. The Obama Administration, on behalf of the United States, along with Britain, France, Germany, Russia
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The Symbol of the Confederate Flag

By Tony Kireopoulos A symbol is important. It represents what we believe, and it drives us to action in the name of that belief. It also does more than that: in the original sense of the word, a symbol makes the subject of that belief a present reality in the hearts and minds of those
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Protestant and Orthodox Communities Applaud Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment

Welcome Francis into a Long Line of Faith Leaders and Traditions Who Call for Stewardship of Creation Washington, D.C. – Standing in solidarity with their Catholic brothers and sisters, the National Council of Churches and Creation Justice Ministries express excitement and hope for Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. Acknowledging that Francis is
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NCC Grieves With Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses its deep sadness at the news of the mass killings last night at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. We extend prayers to the families of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, his sister, and all others who died in another senseless mass shooting
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2015 Christian Unity Gathering Brings Inspiration, Focus, Spectacle

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches held its second annual Christian Unity Gathering, May 7-9, in Washington, DC with over 200 Christian leaders, scholars, activists, and ecumenists present from across the United States to focus on the NCC’s priority of interfaith peacemaking. The NCC pursues two main areas in its ecumenical work: to build interfaith
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