Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

NCC Denounces Israel’s Deportation of Christian Leader

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA denounces the detention, interrogation, and deportation of Dr. Isabel Phiri, Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, at Ben Gurion Airport by the Israeli government. Dr. Phiri was part of a high-level World Council of Churches delegation to the Holy Land, and
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NCC and Creation Justice Ministries applaud developments at Standing Rock

The National Council of Churches of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and Creation Justice Ministries join in expressing their deep appreciation to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers for the historic decision to not grant an easement for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through the contested site in Standing
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Muslims and the New Reality: a Conversation With Catherine Orsborn (podcast)

In the days before and after the election, the nation has seen a dramatic rise in incidents of racial bias, particularly incidents of anti-Semitism, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim bias.  What’s going on? In this episode, we’ll talk to Catherine Orsborn, director of Shoulder-to-Shoulder, a coalition religious groups dedicated to reducing anti-Muslim bigotry in the US.  Catherine
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Standing with Standing Rock: Water Protectors and the New Selma (podcast)

In early November, hundreds of clergy came to Cannon Ball, North Dakota, at the invitation of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation, to join in the protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through reservation land.  I attended that protest, and while there I met Mariama White-Hammond, today’s guest. Today we will talk with
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A Call to the President-Elect

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA expresses hopes and prayers that President-Elect Donald J. Trump will govern in a magnanimous, just, and collaborative manner. Mr. Trump has himself been in the past part of congregations associated with the Council. We pray the words and teachings of Jesus that he has heard
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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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