Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

NCC Opposes U.S. Decision to Declare Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

In 1980, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA adopted a policy statement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In that statement, the NCC said, “Unilateral actions by any one group in relation to Jerusalem will only perpetuate antagonisms that will threaten the peace of the city and possibly of the region.” In 2007,
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President Trump: Renounce the Anti-Muslim Retweets

As co-conveners of the National Muslim-Christian Initiative, a dialogue of the National Council of Churches and the US Council of Muslim Organizations, we call on President Trump to renounce the anti-Muslim propaganda he retweeted. For the last three decades, our dialogue has worked to foster greater understanding and less bigotry between Christians and Muslims.  We treasure
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NCC Mourns With Bir Al-Abd

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA mourns the loss of life at the Al-Rawdah Mosque in Bir al-Abd, Egypt.  We categorically condemn the terrorist attack that caused it.  Indeed, this attack demonstrates the reality that all people are potential targets of extremist violence, and that in the case of terrorism perpetrated
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Current Tax Bills Cannot Be Biblically Defended

The tax bills currently before the US Congress are designed to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Additionally, they add $1.5 trillion to the national debt. These tax plans cannot be biblically defended. “The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender. Whoever sows injustice will reap
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A Church Repents

As the National Council of Churches prepares to launch its new Truth and Racial Justice initiative, see this example of a church that recently confronted its own roots in racism, and how this laid the foundation for a new future.

National Council of Churches Endorses Sweeping Initiative to End Racism

WASHINGTON: Today the governing board of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) enthusiastically endorsed a sweeping initiative to end racism.  This process, beginning with a massive rally on the National Mall in Washington, DC on April 4, 2018, will unfold over several years and will be the most visible
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We Grieve With Sutherland Springs, Call for Sensible Gun Measures

Our hearts are broken once again with the news of another mass shooting in our nation.   Yesterday, 26 worshipers at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, were killed by a man armed with a semiautomatic rifle. Their ages ranged from 5 to 72 years old.  We pray for these victims and their
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NCC Condemns Terror Attack in Manhattan

The National Council of Churches condemns the terror attack in lower Manhattan yesterday in which eight persons were killed.  We grieve with the families of those who lost loved ones and join with our churches across the nation in praying for the recovery of those who were injured.  Once again we repudiate the violent, anti-Islamic
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Sharon Watkins to Lead Major New Initiative on Racism

The National Council of Churches is pleased to announce that Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, former General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), will be leading a major new emphasis of the Council.  Rev. Watkins will be directing a nationwide accounting of how churches and their leaders have been complicit in, and
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Faith in the Midst of Charlottesville

An interview with Rev. Annette Flynn In late July we heard from Phil Woodson, a pastor in Charlottesville, Virginia, who alerted us of a major action there on August 12.  Today Charlottesville has become synonymous with the violence that erupted there as counter-protesters clashed with the “Unite the Right” rally.   My guest today is
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