Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

NCC Urges Prayers for Peace, Pleads for Calm, Civility, and Healing

The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked, and his soul hates the lover of violence. -Psalm 11:5 (NRSV) WASHINGTON: The tragic news of a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this morning, coupled with the attempted mail bombings of numerous American public figures, as well as a racially-motivated shooting
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National Council of Churches Recognizes Three Outstanding Faith Leaders at Christian Unity Gathering

On Tuesday, October 16, three outstanding leaders of the ecumenical and interreligious movements were recognized for their achievements by the National Council of Churches (NCC).  Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Rabbi David Saperstein, and Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland Tune were honored in a banquet held as part of the NCC’s “Christian Unity Gathering” in College Park, MD,
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The Urgent Need to Lift our Voice in Our Elections

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan. -Proverbs 29:2 (NRSV)   Scripture compels us to an increasing affirmation of the dignity and value of every human, all of whom share the “image of God.” This reflection includes mutual support and empowerment of each individual and voice.
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Christian Unity Gathering 2018

National Council of Churches Culminates “Christian Unity Gathering” with Elections, Resolution, and Approved $2.4m Budget The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the nation’s premier ecumenical body, concluded its annual “Christian Unity Gathering” last week in a spirit of celebration and optimism.  Leaders from across the Council’s 38 member communions came
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NCC Calls for Withdrawal of Kavanaugh Nomination

The National Council of Churches (NCC) calls for the withdrawal of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States.  We believe he has disqualified himself from this lifetime appointment and must step aside immediately. We note several reasons. During his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Kavanaugh exhibited
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Conflict and Transformation: A Key to Ending Racism

Awaken, confront, transform: that’s what we’re talking about when we say “ACT to End Racism.”  Awakening to racism means listening to the difficult truths and confronting the racism in ourselves and our institutions. My guest this week is Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker.  David has spent most of his career transforming conflicts in some of
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NCC Calls US Government to Reverse Decision to End Funding for UNRWA

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA joins with the ecumenical community worldwide in calling upon the United States Government to reverse its decision to end funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian Refugees.  We join with the World Council of Churches in naming this action
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Get Out The Vote!

What’s the most important thing you can do between now and November 6th?   My guest today is LaKesha Womack, founder of the Womack Consulting Group, and leader of a series of webinars hosted by the National Council of Churches this fall.  What’s the most important thing you can do between now and November 6th?
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Joint Statement of the Cuban Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches USA

We come together once again because of our shared faith in and love for Jesus Christ. On this occasion, we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches and our unity in the one ecumenical movement. Our two councils have worked together for many years not only to witness to the power
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National Council of Churches Expresses Grave Concern for People of Kerala

The National Council of Churches expresses its grave concern for the lives and well being of the people of the state of Kerala in India after the recent flooding there.  According to reports, it is the worst flooding in nearly a century. One of the NCC member churches, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, is rooted
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