Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Prayers for victims of bomb blasts

The NCC echoes these words from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): God of grace and peace, we pray for the city of Brussels and the people of Belgium. Help and heal the wounded, receive the dying into your embrace, and comfort those who mourn. Strengthen rescue and relief workers who protect and provide for others in
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Prisons and the Profit Motive (podcast)

Has mass incarceration become part of what is seen today as a good business model?  What effect has privatization had on the rehabilitation of prisoners? Today we will discuss the profit motive as one of the forces behind the mass incarceration crisis, and, specifically, how companies that provide mental health services in the prison system
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When Following Jesus Meets Boko Haram (podcast)

Issues surrounding war and peace are as controversial today as they have been in the past.  Among the member communions of the National Council of Churches, approaches to war and peace are as varied as are the communions themselves.   In this episode we’ll talk with Nathan Hosler with the Church of the Brethren’s Office
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A Treasure of the Church: The NRSV Bible (podcast)

When the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible was published in 1989, it was accepted as the scholarly standard, a brilliant word-for-word translation of the very earliest manuscripts available.  Breaking new ground by using the gender-neutral terms used in the original languages, in some places the New Revised Standard Version, or NRSV, inspired controversy
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An Open Letter to Wendy’s Restaurants

March 1, 2016 Dear Emil Brolick, Nelson Peltz, and the Wendy’s Board of Directors, We write as members of the executive committee of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and as leaders of national faith bodies whose members care deeply about human rights, believing all people are created in God’s image,
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Solitary Confinement: Torture In Our Back Yards? (podcast)

The Mass Incarceration crisis is in the news.  One of the first bi-partisan initiatives to come to Capitol Hill is a sweeping sentencing reform bill that attempts to deal with this crisis.  But there’s another crisis taking place in our prisons, the practice of solitary confinement, which many regard as torture. In this week’s episode,
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Good News from the Muslim World: The Marrakech Declaration (podcast)

In January, while the east coast was being slammed with a major winter storm, scholars and leaders from around the world gathered in Morocco to put the finishing touches on “The Marrakech Declaration,” a groundbreaking statement on the imperative for Muslim-majority societies to protect the rights and freedoms of religious minorities. In this episode we
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Remembering Bishop Richard Allen, AME Founder (podcast)

Recently the United States Postal service unveiled a new stamp featuring an important African American leader.  This was the culmination of years of effort to have Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal, or AME Church, recognized in this manner. In this episode we will hear the story of how this effort came to
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Faith and Flint: the Flint, MI Water Crisis (podcast)

When you turn on your tap water, do you take for granted the clean, fresh water that comes from the faucet?  Have you ever imagined it being so dirty, so toxic, that you couldn’t drink it at all?  Can you imagine not being able to bathe or shower in clean water? For many persons living
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NCC Welcomes New Rules on Solitary Confinement, Life Sentences for Juveniles

The National Council of Churches applauds President Obama’s order banning the use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system. This ban comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling that its 2012 decision banning mandatory life sentences for juveniles can be retroactively applied. We are particularly excited about this steady
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