Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

Faith, Activism, Humility

An interview with Simran Jeet Singh As we ponder the horrors of the massacre of 49 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, we have to reckon with the fact that home-grown hatred and extremism has gone global.  One of the great things about working with other faith groups is that we get to see how others
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Faith, Civil and Human Rights Groups Join to Urge Official Visit by UN Independent Expert to Investigate Racism in the United States

WASHINGTON: Today a broad coalition of religious and civil rights leaders will deliver a letter to Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo requesting an official invitation to Professor E. Tendayi Achiume, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, to the United States. This letter, signed by
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NCC Calls for Global Effort to Combat Racist Violence

The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA joins its hearts and voice to those who have suffered in the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. This horrible tragedy is a toxic combination of gun violence, Islamophobia, anti-immigrant xenophobia, and white racist nationalism. The events in Christchurch are part of a pattern
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Group Pilgrimage Statement on Israel and Palestine

Leaders of Historically African American and South African Churches February 21 – March 1, 2019 I.  Who we are and why we came: a. We came to Israel and Palestine, as disciples of the Risen Christ who said “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news
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Job Opportunity: Chief Operating Officer

Job Announcement The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) is the oldest and largest Christian ecumenical body in the nation. The NCC is searching for a Chief Operating Officer (COO) who will work closely with the General Secretary/President in carrying out administrative and management functions of the Council. The COO
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Burying White Privilege

An interview with Miguel De La Torre The quote goes like this: “The Death of Christianity within the United States has been a slow process, and it may very well be in its final throes.  So I say, let the dead bury their dead.” Professor and speaker Miguel De La Torre has a new book
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“Premises of Human Fraternity,” Jim Winkler’s Speech at the Global Conference on Human Fraternity, Abu Dhabi

I wish to thank the Muslim Council of Elders for convening this Global Conference of Human Fraternity and for extending an invitation to me to speak on the ‘Premises of Human Fraternity.’ I am grateful to join with His Eminence, the Grand Imam, for the third time at such a conference as this. This conference
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Funeral Arrangements for Senior Bishop McKinley Young

Bishop McKinley Young, the Senior Bishop and the 109th Elected and Consecrated Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, made his transition to the church triumphant on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.  Funeral arrangements for Senior Bishop McKinley Young are as follows. Homegoing Service I: Thursday, January 24, 2019, at 11:00 AM Alumni Multiplex on the
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The Real Immigration Crisis

Greetings from the 2019 government shutdown!  As I record this podcast, we’re in the middle of the longest government shutdown in history.  The central issue of the shutdown is immigration, and the central object is a wall. My guest today is Rev. Noel Andersen, Grassroots Coordinator for Immigrants’ Rights for the United Church of Christ
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NCC Grieves Death of 7-Year-Old Guatemalan Girl, Humanitarian Crisis At The Border

The National Council of Churches (NCC) grieves deeply upon hearing the news that a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, died of dehydration and shock while in the custody of United States Customs and Border Patrol during the first week of December.  The NCC has previously decried the use of tear gas on persons migrating across
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