Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

“Holy Spokes”: Bicycling, Urban Living, and Experiencing God (podcast)

Have you ever considered that riding a bicycle might not be just a good way to exercise and get around town, but it might also be a good spiritual practice?  Biking in the city may seem difficult and even treacherous to some, but author and ecumenist Laura Everett believes biking might be a key to
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Peace or War on the Peninsula? (podcast)

During Ecumenical Advocacy Days, a delegation from the National Council of Churches in Korea came to visit the United States and meet with Senate offices and the State Department.  Their message?  Koreans, from both the North and South, are terrified of war. In this episode, we will talk with three leaders from the National Council
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NCC Urges Churches to Refrain From Intervening in Political Campaigns

WASHINGTON: The National Council of Churches expresses opposition to the regrettable Executive Order entitled, “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” signed today by President Trump.  This executive order does not promote free speech or religious liberty. Churches do not face or experience any discrimination because of the Johnson Amendment, the section of the Internal Revenue
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April is Second Chance Month

April is almost over, but it’s not too late to talk about Second Chance Month.  Even a body as divided as the US Senate unanimously declared April as Second Chance Month, a month to focus on ways to help people pick up their lives again after a period of incarceration. This week we will talk
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General Secretary Jim Winkler’s Speech to Cairo Peace Conference

I extend greetings to His Eminence, the Grand Imam, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, His Holiness Pope Francis, His Beatitude the Ecumenical Patriarch, the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, your eminences, distinguished guests, friends, sisters, and brothers. I bring you greetings of peace. Jesus taught, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall
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Letter to Pres. Trump on Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

Dear President Donald Trump, Greetings to you in the name of the risen Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. The National Council of Church in Korea and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. wish to share our deep concern about the escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula. Tensions and the possibility
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The People’s Climate March (podcast)

The power of the march has been clearly demonstrated over the past few months with huge marches gathering in Washington, DC and New York City.  But the real power has come when those marches take place across all the other cities in America, where a real nationwide movement is demonstrated.  Coming up soon is the
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Holy Week, Syria, and Christian Ethics (podcast)

In the days leading up to Holy Week, a chemical weapon attack against civilians has taken place in Syria, and the United States has attacked a Syrian airbase in retaliation.  As cable news pundits celebrated the US attack as “beautiful” and “spectacular,” is there a particularly Christian way of viewing the violence in Syria? In
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NCC Sends Holy Week Greetings, Mourns Violence in Syria and Egypt

Christ is Risen from the dead! Trampling down death by death, And upon those in the tombs bestowing life! (Orthodox Christian Easter Hymn)   This week the National Council of Churches, along with the entire Christian community, travels the road to Easter.  Beginning with Palm Sunday, and the commemoration of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem;
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Flint, Michigan: a follow-up (podcast)

When we first started this podcast, we took a look at the problems that were occurring in Flint, Michigan, where the water has been unusable for years.  A year later, things are improving, but the problems for Flint’s water aren’t over yet. This week we’ll talk with Ryan Cumming of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
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