Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

NCC Urges De-Escalation of Tensions with Iran

The escalation of tensions with Iran, provoked by the Trump administration, is deeply worrisome. The National Council of Churches strongly urges President Trump to pursue a path of diplomacy and negotiations, marked by good faith, in order to avoid war. We draw encouragement from reports the president does not seek war with Iran. We call
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NCC Grieves With Congregation Chabad Synagogue

WASHINGTON: Once again, and too soon, the National Council of Churches and its family of member communions is saddened and distressed to learn about the shooting at the Congregation Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California.  Indeed, we are outraged that yet another hate crime has been directed against our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community,
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Ecumenical Leaders Organize Support of Striking Workers in Rhode Island, Massachusetts

Rev. Steven D. Martin National Council of Churches WASHINGTON: In one of the shortest and most effective strikes in recent years, Stop & Shop stores in New England reopened with a new labor agreement after two months of deadlocked negotiations. During the ten days of the strike, faith leaders joined in urging members of their
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JOINT STATEMENT: Facing a Critical Moment

Joint Statement of the Cuban Council of Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA HAVANA, CUBA and WASHINGTON, DC: Today, Friday, April 26, the fifth day after Easter Sunday, we come together once again as two Christian ecumenical councils to affirm our faith and love in Jesus Christ. Like
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NCC Expresses Grief and Lament Over Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka

The National Council of Churches expresses grief and lament over the horrific attacks against Christians in Sri Lanka as worshipers gathered for Easter Sunday celebrations on April 21, 2019, turning this joyous day into one of mourning and chaos. 290 people were killed and more than 500 were injured. Upon hearing the news, NCC President
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Church Fires in Louisiana and Paris

In the midst of Holy Week, world attention is focused on the accidental fire that very nearly consumed the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Let us also remember the three African American Baptist churches recently burned to the ground in Louisiana by an intentional act of arson in what is being investigated as a hate
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Liberian and US Councils of Churches Grateful for DED Extension, Urge Passage of Bill

Joint Statement by Liberian Council of Churches and the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA WASHINGTON: The Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) joins with the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) in expressing its gratitude to the Trump Administration for its extension of the deadline for
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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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