Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Nuclear Weapons and Non-Violence: Author Dan Zak (podcast)

In July 2012, three protesters, an 84-year-old Catholic nun among them, broke into a secure facility in Oak Ridge, TN, where the United States stockpiles its highly enriched uranium.  The break-in, in which fences were cut, slogans were painted, and human blood was poured on the facility’s walls, is widely known to be the most
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Exodus and Clemency: An interview with Madeline McClenney-Sadler (podcast)

With 2.3 million members of our society currently in jail or in prison, a crisis unprecedented in the history of the civilized world is unfolding, and few people in power are paying attention.  But as the end of President Obama’s term in office approaches, the possibility of clemency for those most affected by unfair sentencing
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“The End of White Christian America” with Robert P. Jones (podcast)

One of the most talked-about books this summer has the provocative title, “The End of White Christian America.”  The author is well-known to the faith community in Washington, Robert P. Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute. Today we will have a rich, fast-paced conversation with one of the leading researchers of today’s religious landscape.
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Missions and Peacemaking in Nigeria and at home: Jay Wittmeyer (podcast)

Most of the NCC’s 38 member communions engage in overseas missions of one kind or another.  Some have an emphasis on church planting and evangelism, others on development and poverty eradication.  Others focus on peacemaking as a central component of mission work. Today we will talk with Jay Wittmeyer, Executive Director of Global Mission and
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Statement on Attack in Nice, France

Once again we are awakened to news of a devastating attack against innocent lives, this time in the city of Nice, France.  We are deeply saddened by this news and stand in solidarity with the people of France at this time.   Our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, for those
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Retrospective on a Disastrous War

In the midst of the awful news of the shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, of Philando Castile near Minneapolis, MN, and of five Dallas police officers, I pause in the midst of a family vacation to reflect briefly on the Chilcot Inquiry, also known as the Iraq Inquiry, a high-level British government
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Statement regarding Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas killings

“My eyes are spent with weeping; my stomach churns; my bile is poured out on the ground because of the destruction of my people, because infants and babes faint in the streets of the city.” —Lamentations 2:11 NRSV “Please, Lord, you know our rights, Lord. You know we are innocent people, Lord. We are innocent
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Religious Liberty and the 2nd Amendment: Charles Haynes

With various states enacting laws giving rights to some while restricting the rights of others, the idea of religious liberty is back in the news today. We will talk today with one of the nation’s greatest authorities on religious liberty, Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Center in Washington, DC.  We will talk about
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Church and the State Department: Dr. Shaun Casey (podcast)

From his post at the US State Department, Special Representative for Religion and Global Affairs Dr. Shaun Casey has a unique perspective on the global refugee crisis and the role churches play in resettlement. For this episode of the National Council of Churches’ podcast, we will have a conversation with Shaun Casey about his new
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Lucy McBath: Jordan, Orlando, and the Idolatry of Guns (podcast)

Once again, America awoke to the reality of another mass shooting, this time arguably the worst in US history.  And once again, Congress seems unable, or unwilling, to act in any meaningful ways to put an end to this violence. Today we will talk with Lucy McBath, who became an activist after her son, Jordan
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