Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

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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The Way Forward: Immigration (podcast)

With President-Elect Donald Trump’s famous campaign promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico and to deport millions of undocumented persons, it would seem that immigration was front and center, but today’s guest sees things differently. My guest is Wendy Feliz, Communications Director for the American Immigration Council.  Wendy is here because of
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The Way Forward: Refugees (podcast)

In a campaign that frequently promoted anti-immigrant rhetoric and called for the cessation of the inflow of refugees to the United States, one of the critical areas of Christian witness – the welcoming of the oppressed and the stranger – has suddenly come under intense scrutiny.  As the church struggles to fulfill its calling to
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NCC Condemns Violence, Grieves Loss of Life in Cairo

The National Council of Churches grieves the loss of twenty-five lives in the bombing of St. Peter’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday.  We join with faith leaders around the world in condemning this horrific act, praying for the surviving victims, and calling for an end to this senseless violence. We are grateful
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Has the Bonhoeffer Moment Finally Arrived? (podcast)

“Has the Bonhoeffer moment finally arrived?”  This is a question recently asked by Dr. Stephen Haynes, one of the nation’s top scholars of the work and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian whose name is being evoked in many places today. My guest today posed this question in a recent article in the Huffington
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Churches for Middle East Peace: An interview with Mae Cannon (podcast)

As we journey into Advent and head towards Christmas, the stories of the child of Bethlehem are heard in churches and homes across the country.  When we hear the stories of the shepherd’s fields and the manger, it’s sometimes surprising to learn that Bethlehem is a real city, today with thousands of fellow Christians living
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NCC Denounces Israel’s Deportation of Christian Leader

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA denounces the detention, interrogation, and deportation of Dr. Isabel Phiri, Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, at Ben Gurion Airport by the Israeli government. Dr. Phiri was part of a high-level World Council of Churches delegation to the Holy Land, and
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NCC and Creation Justice Ministries applaud developments at Standing Rock

The National Council of Churches of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and Creation Justice Ministries join in expressing their deep appreciation to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers for the historic decision to not grant an easement for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through the contested site in Standing
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