Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

A Pilgrimage to Peace

The world’s various divisions seem to be growing and getting worse.  Jesus once said, “Blessed are the peacemakers,” and as people become more divided, perhaps those who have been struggling the longest might have the most to teach us. Today we’ll talk again with Mae Cannon, director of Churches for Middle East Peace, who brings
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NCC Stands with Muslims of Quebec

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses its shock and sadness at the killings that took place in the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec on the evening of January 29th. We offer condolences to the Muslim community in Quebec and take this moment to reaffirm our commitment to fight anti-Muslim sentiment.
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Targeting Refugees is a “Fool’s Errand”

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord… when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did
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The Way Forward: Health Care

As we wrap up our series on “the way forward,” we will talk about a subject that touches nearly everyone in the nation: health care.  How will Congress and the President deal with the long-threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and what are the ramifications for the poor across America? Our guest today is
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Job Announcement: Operations Manager and Executive Assistant

Job Announcement Operations Manager and Executive Assistant National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA The Operations Manager and Executive Assistant is responsible for providing administrative and organizational support to the General Secretary/President of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and overseeing all office management, computer networks and systems,
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The Way Forward: Poverty

A conversation with Leslie Copeland Tune As we continue to consider the way forward, how will President-Elect Trump and Congress deal with issues of poverty?  How will the churches continue to advocate for the poor across America? My guest for this important podcast is the Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland Tune, Director of the Ecumenical Poverty
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The Way Forward: Religious Freedom

A conversation with Holly Hollman, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty The Constitution guarantees religious liberty in this country.  Over the past few years, the debate has intensified over what religious freedom actually means.  What does religious freedom mean today, what is the agenda behind the debate about it, and what does the future hold
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The Way Forward on Torture: A Conversation with Ron Stief

The response to 9-11 by the Bush Administration included harsh interrogation techniques that included waterboarding, placing prisoners in tiny enclosed spaces, slamming them against walls, sensory deprivation, and a host of other cruelties that were condemned by the world as torture.  The US Senate published a report almost two years ago that condemned these practices
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Statement by Major Christian Organizations on President-Elect Trump’s Policy Agenda and Political Appointments

BEFORE THE OATH OF OFFICE IS TAKEN Statement By Major Christian Organizations on President-Elect Trump’s Policy Agenda and Political Appointments WASHINGTON, D.C., January 6, 2017—As our nation prepares for the Presidential Inauguration, we do so with the lasting residue of a divisive election season and an even more fractured past. Our faith teaches us to
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From Jim: Here Come the Chaldeans!

Some years ago, I watched a movie titled “White Man’s Burden.” It received poor reviews and, perhaps, it wasn’t all that well done, but it had a terrific cast including Margaret Avery, Harry Belafonte, Kelly Lynch, and John Travolta. I suspect a major reason it was overlooked and so quickly forgotten is because the plot
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