Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

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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Ecumenism in Rhode Island

Many people think that the National Council of Churches is a top-down structure, but it’s really not.  The ecumenical movement is just that: a MOVEMENT, and it’s made up of people who believe that we’re better off focusing on our commonalities more than on our differences. Today we will talk with Don Anderson, head of
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NCC Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Manchester, Minya Province

This past week the world witnessed a heinous terrorist attack against young people attending a pop concert in Manchester, England.  Along with all people of goodwill, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA condemns this horrific act of violence, and we mourn for the victims alongside their families and friends.  
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Norfolk Underwater (video)

On May 9, 2017, the governing boards of the National Council of Churches and Creation Justice Ministries met together in Norfolk, Virginia, to learn how climate change is impacting the people and churches of the city.  Here’s a little of what we found out. Please share among your networks.

This Week’s Nuclear Accident (podcast)

While the nation was focused on the firing of FBI Director James Comey, a few other major news items were swept under the rug.  One of those was a mishap at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a legacy of the Manhattan Project during World War II. Today we will talk with Paul Carroll, program officer of
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