Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

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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Charlottesville 2018: Power of God, Power of State

The highly anticipated (and dreaded) anniversary of the August 12 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, the murder of Heather Heyer, and the violence that exposed sympathy to white supremacy in the highest places in government, passed mostly without incident.  Having joined the brave clergy counter-protesters last year, who held the line in front
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NCC Opposes Reimposition of Trade Sanctions

The National Council of Churches opposes the Trump Administration’s reimposition of trade sanctions on Iran, ninety days after announcing the United States’ withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.  All indications are Iran has abided by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and that it has been successful in deterring any progress toward a
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NCC Remembers Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon

The National Council of Churches celebrates the life and mourns the passing of Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon who went to be with the Lord on August 8, 2018. Dr. Cannon was the first African American woman ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and we join with her denomination in mourning this great loss to
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NCC Laments Decision Upholding “Muslim Ban”

The National Council of Churches laments the Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Trump’s “Muslim travel ban.” The NCC has opposed the ban from the beginning and has joined in amicus briefs in opposition to it. The Muslim ban is blatantly racist and by virtue of its focus on Muslims, it is contrary to principles of
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NCC Opposes Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) opposes US withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council. Over the past year, the United States has made additional unfortunate decisions to withdraw from UNESCO and the Paris Climate Accords. Further, the US has pulled out of NAFTA and the TPP. US disengagement
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End Cruel Separation of Families

The National Council of Churches joins its voice with those of countless others in opposition to the cruel separation of families being carried out by the United States of those seeking refuge along the border with Mexico. We reject the allegations that the children and adults seeking refuge from economic privation, violence, and political turmoil
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NCC Grateful for Outcome of Singapore Summit

The National Council of Churches expresses thanks for the positive outcome of the meeting in Singapore between President Donald Trump of the United States and Chairman Kim Jong-un of North Korea. This initial conversation bodes well for further progress toward peace. We pledge our continued support and encouragement, and we look forward to the upcoming
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NCC Laments Opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

The National Council of Churches laments the move of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.  We have previously warned that such an unwise and prejudicial action would make a peace settlement even more difficult to achieve and would indeed lead to violence.  The deadly violence that followed the opening of the embassy
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