Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Solitary Confinement: Torture In Our Back Yards? (podcast)

The Mass Incarceration crisis is in the news.  One of the first bi-partisan initiatives to come to Capitol Hill is a sweeping sentencing reform bill that attempts to deal with this crisis.  But there’s another crisis taking place in our prisons, the practice of solitary confinement, which many regard as torture. In this week’s episode,
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Good News from the Muslim World: The Marrakech Declaration (podcast)

In January, while the east coast was being slammed with a major winter storm, scholars and leaders from around the world gathered in Morocco to put the finishing touches on “The Marrakech Declaration,” a groundbreaking statement on the imperative for Muslim-majority societies to protect the rights and freedoms of religious minorities. In this episode we
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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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