Steven Martin

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

Posts by Steven Martin

NCC Urges End of Conflict, Protection of Minorities in Syria

The National Council of Churches joins the Middle East Council of Churches in raising prayers for peace and for an end to the cycle of violence now expressed through Turkish attacks on northeast Syria. While the primary target of the Turkish invasion is the Kurdish population, for whom we are urgently concerned, we also have
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United to Confront Violence Against Places of Worship

On Thursday, September 19, 2019, the US Council of Muslim Organizations, the National Council of Churches USA, Religions for Peace USA, and the World Council of Churches Ecumenical UN Office held an interfaith consultation on the theme, “United to Confront Violence against Places of Worship.” The consultation, which grew out of the National Muslim-Christian Dialogue convened
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Four Leaders to be Honored at Christian Unity Gathering

On Monday, October 14, four outstanding leaders of the ecumenical and interreligious movements will be recognized by the National Council of Churches (NCC) for their outstanding service and leadership. This recognition will take place at the NCC’s annual Christian Unity Gathering, which is being held at the Holiday Inn Hampton-Newport News in Hampton, Virginia.   As
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Limits to Refugees Heartbreaking and Cruel

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Matthew 25:35 NRSV The news that the Trump administration will further limit refugee arrivals to the United States in 2020 is heartbreaking and cruel. The National Council of Churches and its member churches, along with agencies including Church World Service, have assisted refugee resettlement in this nation for
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NCC Deeply Concerned for Two Baptist Clergy in Myanmar

The National Council of Churches joins with the American Baptist Churches USA, one of its member communions, in expressing deep concern for the safety of two Baptist pastors from Myanmar, the Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson, former General Secretary and currently President of the Kachin Baptist Convention, and Pastor Lanjaw Gam Seng. Both of these clergy,
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Gun Violence Must End Now

The news that two massacres took place this past weekend, one in El Paso, TX and the other in Dayton, OH, in which 29 people lost their lives within a span of 13 hours leave us numb, horrified, and in grief. These, the latest of 251 mass shootings this year, are clearly acts of domestic
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NCC Opposes Federal Death Penalty

The National Council of Churches opposes the Justice Department’s decision to reinstate the federal death penalty and to schedule the execution of five persons. We affirm our longstanding view that the death penalty is both a violation of the dignity and worth of human beings and has also proven to be ineffective as a deterrent
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Do Not Carry Out Planned Deportations

 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another; do not oppress the widow, the orphan, the alien, or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.” Zechariah 7:9-10  NRSV The National Council of Churches urges the Trump administration not to go forward
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Faith Leaders Declare Opposition to War With Iran

WASHINGTON: Today, top faith leaders gathered in Washington, DC, to declare their opposition to war with Iran.  For weeks, the Trump Administration has been making provocative moves upsetting the balance that has been in place since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the “Iran Nuclear Deal,” was put in place in
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End Policies Creating the Crisis on the Border

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” -Matthew 2:18, NRSV Upon the recent news of numerous deaths on the US-Mexico border and appalling conditions in facilities detaining persons seeking refuge, including babies and children, the National Council
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