Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Faith in the Midst of Charlottesville

An interview with Rev. Annette Flynn In late July we heard from Phil Woodson, a pastor in Charlottesville, Virginia, who alerted us of a major action there on August 12.  Today Charlottesville has become synonymous with the violence that erupted there as counter-protesters clashed with the “Unite the Right” rally.   My guest today is
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NCC Announces Bishop Darin Moore as Chair of Governing Board

WASHINGTON: The Right Rev. Darin Moore, Presiding Prelate of the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District and 99th bishop in succession of the A.M.E. Zion Church will be elected Chairperson of the Governing Board of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. (NCC) on November 10, 2017, at the annual meeting of the Council
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We Mourn This Terrible Act: a joint statement by the NCC and the World Council of Churches

The World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA grieves with the families of those who lost their lives in the mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the night of October 1, 2017.  We pray for those whose lives have been shattered by this
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Turning Religion Inside Out

an interview with Dr. Gwynne Guibord of the Guibord Center As it seems to become more and more difficult to have discussions that cross party lines, the faith community has resources that could be models for every kind of difficult discussion.  Going far beyond the typical models of dialogue, Gwynne Guibord is bringing people together
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An Open Letter From Americans of Faith to President Donald Trump

Dear President Trump: As people of faith, we write to you out of profound concern over the rise in tensions between the United States and North Korea.  We recognize the unfortunate choice of language and careless posturing of Kim Jong Un.  For the sake of peace, however, we urge you to cease utilizing bellicose language
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A Message Following the National Council of Churches’ Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, September, 2017

From September 6-16 2017, a delegation of ten representatives of the NCC’s member churches traveled to Lebanon, Egypt, and Israel / Palestine on our first such official delegation in ten years. Bishop Darin Moore, NCC board chair, and Jim Winkler, NCC president and general secretary, led the delegation which traveled to the region to mark
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Peace Under Fire?

An interview with Rev. Michael Neuroth As the war in Afghanistan continues into its 16th year, the United States continues down a course of continual warfare and blank-check funding of the American military.  Use of force often seems as though it’s both a first and last resort.  But the little-known US Institute of Peace maintains
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Hurricane Irma: Remember the Poor and Marginalized

The National Council of Churches joins in prayer and solidarity with the people of Florida who were nearly universally affected by Hurricane Irma over the weekend of September 9-10, 2017.  Many experienced loss of property, most experienced trauma and some will be putting their lives back together months or even years from now. We are
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DACA and What’s Next

After hinting at it for weeks, President Trump this week announced his plan to do away with the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, over the next six months, as he urges Congress to take up the matter of replacing it with solid legislation.  Activists fear that Congress, with an already
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It’s Time to Bring Justice for the Dreamers

You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.   -Exodus 23:9 NRSV The National Council of Churches expresses strong opposition to President Trump’s plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Hundreds of thousands of people, brought
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