Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Group Pilgrimage Statement on Israel and Palestine

Leaders of Historically African American and South African Churches February 21 – March 1, 2019 I.  Who we are and why we came: a. We came to Israel and Palestine, as disciples of the Risen Christ who said “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news
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Job Opportunity: Chief Operating Officer

Job Announcement The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) is the oldest and largest Christian ecumenical body in the nation. The NCC is searching for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will work closely with the General Secretary/President in carrying out administrative and management functions of the Council. The COO
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Burying White Privilege

An interview with Miguel De La Torre The quote goes like this: “The Death of Christianity within the United States has been a slow process, and it may very well be in its final throes.  So I say, let the dead bury their dead.” Professor and speaker Miguel De La Torre has a new book
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“Premises of Human Fraternity,” Jim Winkler’s Speech at the Global Conference on Human Fraternity, Abu Dhabi

I wish to thank the Muslim Council of Elders for convening this Global Conference of Human Fraternity and for extending an invitation to me to speak on the ‘Premises of Human Fraternity.’ I am grateful to join with His Eminence, the Grand Imam, for the third time at such a conference as this. This conference
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Funeral Arrangements for Senior Bishop McKinley Young

Bishop McKinley Young, the Senior Bishop and the 109th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, made his transition to the church triumphant on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  Funeral arrangements for Senior Bishop McKinley Young are as follows. Homegoing Service I: Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 11:00 AM Alumni Multiplex on the
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The Real Immigration Crisis

Greetings from the 2019 government shutdown!  As I record this podcast, we’re in the middle of the longest government shutdown in history.  The central issue of the shutdown is immigration, and the central object is a wall. My guest today is Rev. Noel Andersen, Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants’ Rights for the United Church of Christ
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NCC Grieves Death of 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl, Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

The National Council of Churches (NCC) grieves deeply upon hearing the news that a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, died of dehydration and shock while in the custody of United States Customs and Border Patrol during the first week of December.  The NCC has previously decried the use of tear gas on persons migrating across
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NCC Opposes the First Step Act (S.3649)

“They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ when there is no peace.” -Jeremiah 6:14 (NRSV) 
The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA expresses its opposition to the revised First Step Act, as introduced.  Despite current bipartisan enthusiasm for any move toward criminal justice reform, the First
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Rituals, Faith, and Life (podcast)

Aside from going to church every Sunday, which I’m sure you do, and eagerly participating in the liturgy and ceremonies of worship, what are some other rituals you participate in on a regular basis?  The author of “Human Rites,” spelled R-I-T-E-S, would like you to think about the rituals we live by, what they mean,
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NCC Outraged at Illegal Use of Tear Gas on Unarmed Asylum-Seekers

You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. -Deuteronomy 10:19 NRSV The National Council of Churches is outraged at the illegal use of tear gas on unarmed asylum-seekers at the US-Mexico border on Sunday. This asymmetrical use of force against a crowd that included children was immoral and
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