Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

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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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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