Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Jordan, The Refugees, and Religious Freedom

Three years ago I participated in a delegation assembled by Clergy Beyond Borders, a US-based group that teaches clergy how to build relationships with those of other faiths. The topic for the delegation was religious freedom, and the destination was Jordan.  The delegation consisted of Christian and Muslim leaders from the US: We wanted to
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A Culture of Fear: an interview with Dr. Michael Kinnamon (podcast)

Michael Kinnamon is known to many as a leading academician for the ecumenical movement.  His latest book, though, turns to the contemporary issue of fear as a driving force in American society.   Why are Americans so fearful?  What does fear drive our society towards, and what can be done about it?  Is fear something
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Remember Your Baptism

“As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then
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A Holy Land of My Aspirations

(Note: NCC Director of Communications and Development Rev. Steven D. Martin is participating in an ecumenical study tour of Jordan’s holy sites. Photos, plus a few words, will be shared in this space.) From atop Umm Qais, the biblical town of Gadarenes, an amazing landscape unfolds.  I had seen all of these places from a
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Bud Heckman on Interfaith and Changing Attitudes (podcast)

With anti-minority messages sweeping the media and the political campaigns, many people are scratching their heads about what to do about it.  We live in a time when social media, TV networks, and even our churches offer few chances to meet people who are different from us.  So when Jesus tells us to love our
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Statement Upon the Death of Shimon Peres

The duty of leaders is to pursue freedom ceaselessly, even in the face of hostility, in the face of doubt and disappointment. Just imagine what could be. -Shimon Peres The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA mourns the death of Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister and President of Israel, and Nobel
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“Executing Grace:” a conversation with Shane Claiborne (podcast)

Shane Claiborne is a name known to many mainline Christians, Evangelicals, and Emergent Church devotees.  Shane’s lifestyle of simplicity and solidarity with the poor echoes the lifestyle of Jesus in ways bound to make even the most devoted among us uncomfortable. In this episode, we will talk with the always provocative Shane Claiborne, who in
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Statement by General Secretaries Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit and Jim Winkler given at the NCC/WCC Consultation on the Holy Land

Statement by General Secretaries Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit (World Council of Churches) and Jim Winkler (National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA) NCC/WCC Consultation on the Holy Land September 14, 2016 No people should be denied their rights and, certainly, no people should be denied their rights for generations. The unresolved
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Food Waste, Food Sharing: Gary Oppenheimer (podcast)

Food pantries and food drives are one of the great staples of American charity.  They are everywhere, in cities big and small.  But there’s an aspect to them that never occurred to me until I started talking to our guest, Gary Oppenheimer. Having grown a cucumber plant or two in my life, I am familiar
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Making Peace and Following Jesus: an interview with Jer Swigart (podcast)

With a society that is becoming more and more divided, with a contentious political race ahead, and with global conflict on the rise, the world is in need for a church that carries out its role as a maker of justice and peace.  Are the American Churches, Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, and Mainline, ready to do
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