Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

DACA and What’s Next

After hinting at it for weeks, President Trump this week announced his plan to do away with the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, over the next six months, as he urges Congress to take up the matter of replacing it with solid legislation.  Activists fear that Congress, with an already
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It’s Time to Bring Justice for the Dreamers

You shall not oppress a resident alien; you know the heart of an alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.   -Exodus 23:9 NRSV The National Council of Churches expresses strong opposition to President Trump’s plan to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Hundreds of thousands of people, brought
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National Council of Churches and its Member Communions Respond to Hurricane Harvey

The National Council of Churches mourns the loss of life and the forced displacement of thousands caused by Hurricane Harvey. We are grateful many of our member communions have responded with relief efforts to aid those who are suffering as a result of the unprecedented amount of rain that has affected Houston, Harris County, and
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Joint Statement by Rev. Dr. Franklyn Richardson and Dr. Jim Winkler

JOINT STATEMENT BY REV. DR. FRANKLYN RICHARDSON (CHAIRMAN, CONFERENCE OF NATIONAL BLACK CHURCHES) AND DR. JIM WINKLER (PRESIDENT AND GENERAL SECRETARY, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES) The white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, is a stain on the soul and fabric of our country.  The sight of protesters carrying torches and shouting white nationalist slogans and
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When Neo-Nazis Called Pastors “Heretics” in Charlottesville

One of the primary ways I process information I don’t understand is to place it within the confines of a frame. That frame may be intellectual or visual.  I might not have been able to bear being an eyewitness to the events in Charlottesville this past Saturday if I had not had my camera to
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NCC Condemns “Unite the Right”

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA condemns, in the strongest terms, the “Unite the Right” gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12th.  We deplore the ideology behind it and the hatred manifest in it. White supremacy must find no sanction or shelter in America today. We
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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

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