Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Reflections from Charlottesville

The National Council of Churches is grateful to have been invited to join other faith leaders in the counter-protest in Charlottesville, VA this past weekend.  The peaceful, loving witness offered by the organizers with Congregate C’ville and the clergy, who came from across the region, was powerful. Rev. Dr. Joseph Crockett, Associate General Secretary, and
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Statement Calling for Immediate Cessation of Hostile Acts and Rhetoric Between USA and North Korea

“And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Harmagedon.” Revelation 16:16, NRSV The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA calls for an immediate cessation of hostile acts and rhetoric between the leaders of North Korea and the United States. Steps must be taken immediately to avoid the
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Flashpoint Charlottesville (podcast)

In recent months the city of Charlottesville, Virginia, has become a rallying point for groups on the farthest right reaches of American politics.  Neo Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, and alt-Right groups are protesting the decision by the Charlottesville City Council to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, and this weekend a rally is scheduled
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African American Clergy Fighting for Justice

Statement by the Cuban Council of Churches regarding recent changes in US policy

1 THE COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF CUBA, THE LEADING INSTITUTION OF THE CUBAN ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT, is made up of 51 Christian and Protestant Churches and institutions – Protestant, Reformed, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Episcopal, and Orthodox – as well as Jews and Yogas, centers of study, information, community service and theological seminaries. Since its foundation in 1941,
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Rev. Sharon Watkins at National Press Club: “What kind of people don’t take care of our children?”

I am Sharon Watkins, Chair of the Board of the National Council of Churches. We, of the NCC, are 38 member churches who follow Jesus. We have been consistent in proclaiming that Jesus would not have liked this budget.  Jesus said, “let the children come to me,” and expects us to follow in that spirit.
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Peace, Justice, and Community Gardens: an interview with Nathan Hosler

The weather is warm and it’s finally gardening season.  Traveling through just about any community, you’ll see community gardens springing up everywhere, and churches are getting in on the act also!  More than just a hobby, more and more congregations are seeing community gardens as a way of improving the lives of the poor. My
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CJM and NCC Lament Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement

Creation Justice Ministries and the National Council of Churches join together in sorrow and lament at President Trump’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.  We believe this withdrawal endangers a sustainable future, departs from the will of the whole world, and breaks the Great Commandment to love God and
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NCC Remembers, With Prayers, Victims of Portland Attack

This past week, our country witnessed heroism that often happens unseen. In Portland, Oregon, three men came to the defense of two teenage girls, one of them an African-American and one of them wearing a hijab, who were being verbally assaulted by a white supremacist because of the girl’s Muslim faith. In the altercation, two
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National Council of Churches Condemns Bombing in Iraq

Earlier today ISIS set off bombs targeting young families and the elderly. One bomb went off in a Baghdad ice cream parlor where children and their parents were enjoying desserts; the other exploded outside a Baghdad office where retirees were collecting their pensions. In all, 22 children, men, and women were killed, and 85 were
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