Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

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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NCC Condemns Terror Attack in Manhattan

The National Council of Churches condemns the terror attack in lower Manhattan yesterday in which eight persons were killed.  We grieve with the families of those who lost loved ones and join with our churches across the nation in praying for the recovery of those who were injured.  Once again we repudiate the violent, anti-Islamic
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Sharon Watkins to Lead Major New Initiative on Racism

The National Council of Churches is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, former General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will be leading a major new emphasis of the Council.  Rev. Watkins will be directing a nationwide accounting of how churches and their leaders have been complicit in, and
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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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