Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

A Post-Election Press Conference (podcast)

For weeks we just wished for the day that it would soon all be over.  But election night 2016 came and went, and now a new set of challenges begin. Today we will play recording from a press conference assembled by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in which our own Aundreia Alexander
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“Celebrate Mercy” and Interfaith Friendship with Tarek El-Messidi (podcast)

In a nation becoming increasingly diverse, the need for interfaith engagement is growing.  But it remains difficult to build meaningful relationships between neighbors and groups that follow different religions.   In this episode, I get to introduce to you a longtime friend of mine, someone I met when I first started to get to know
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Galen Carey on “Faith in the Voting Booth” (podcast)

There was a time this particular podcast would have been unimaginable.  But in this political season, all kinds of surprises have become commonplace.  Today our guest is Galen Carey, Vice President for Government Relations for the National Association of Evangelicals.  Galen has co-written a book with Leith Anderson entitled, “Faith in the Voting Booth,” and
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NCC Welcomes US Abstention in Key UN Resolution on Cuba

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA adds its voice to the chorus of those thanking President Obama and Ambassador Samantha Power for their action today in support of normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba.  For the first time in 25 years, the US abstained on a U.N. resolution
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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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