Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

NCC Welcomes Wiens to Staff

The National Council is pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Tammy Wiens as the Director of Christian Education and Faith Formation.  Wiens will begin in this new position on February 1, 2018. Rev. Dr. Wiens comes to us after a year of ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA) national office as Associate for Christian Formation.
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NCC Condemns Obscene Remarks by President Trump

President Trump’s obscene remarks, reported yesterday — in which he described Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “s***thole countries” — were deeply disturbing. The National Council of Churches unequivocally condemns these statements. Further, President Trump’s stated preference for immigrants from nations such as Norway, combined with numerous other comments he has made over past
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Reflecting on the Story of Christmas and on Its Meaning

By Tony Kireopoulos National Council of Churches (2017) Let’s face it. Christmas brings some challenges for those who want to proclaim faith in the Son of God born of a virgin surrounded by singing angels and visited by three kings and warmed by soft breathing of barnyard animals and watched over by shepherds all under
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NCC Opposes U.S. Decision to Declare Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

In 1980, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA adopted a policy statement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In that statement, the NCC said, “Unilateral actions by any one group in relation to Jerusalem will only perpetuate antagonisms that will threaten the peace of the city and possibly of the region.” In 2007,
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President Trump: Renounce the Anti-Muslim Retweets

As co-conveners of the National Muslim-Christian Initiative, a dialogue of the National Council of Churches and the US Council of Muslim Organizations, we call on President Trump to renounce the anti-Muslim propaganda he retweeted. For the last three decades, our dialogue has worked to foster greater understanding and less bigotry between Christians and Muslims.  We treasure
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NCC Mourns With Bir Al-Abd

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA mourns the loss of life at the Al-Rawdah Mosque in Bir al-Abd, Egypt.  We categorically condemn the terrorist attack that caused it.  Indeed, this attack demonstrates the reality that all people are potential targets of extremist violence, and that in the case of terrorism perpetrated
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Current Tax Bills Cannot Be Biblically Defended

The tax bills currently before the US Congress are designed to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Additionally, they add $1.5 trillion to the national debt. These tax plans cannot be biblically defended. “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Whoever sows injustice will reap
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A Church Repents

As the National Council of Churches prepares to launch its new Truth and Racial Justice initiative, see this example of a church that recently confronted its own roots in racism, and how this laid the foundation for a new future.

National Council of Churches Endorses Sweeping Initiative to End Racism

WASHINGTON: Today the governing board of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) enthusiastically endorsed a sweeping initiative to end racism.  This process, beginning with a massive rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC on April 4, 2018, will unfold over several years and will be the most visible
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We Grieve With Sutherland Springs, Call for Sensible Gun Measures

Our hearts are broken once again with the news of another mass shooting in our nation.   Yesterday, 26 worshipers at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, were killed by a man armed with a semiautomatic rifle. Their ages ranged from 5 to 72 years old.  We pray for these victims and their
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