Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller is an author at Religion News Service.

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Explainer: Trump and the politics of the Messiah

August 22, 2019

(RNS) — Recent praise of the president has some evangelical leaders reassuring followers that Trump had no delusions about the nature of his mission. But you could see how he might.

Sister Helen Prejean on new book, getting rid of death penalty and getting Jesus ‘right’

August 20, 2019

(RNS) — Sister Helen Prejean talked to Religion News Service about how she became involved in social justice, why she thinks the death penalty is on its way out and how she got to ‘bump into two popes along the way.’

United Methodist Church scraps plans to host General Conference in the Philippines

August 13, 2019

(RNS) — Plans for a meeting in the Philippines are off because space was not available for the full two weeks needed to host the gathering of United Methodists from around the world.

Investigation reveals Chicago Archdiocese’s financial woes

July 29, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — Six years later, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago holds just one-third of the money pledged in the ‘To Teach Who Christ Is’ campaign to save its struggling schools, according to a Chicago Tribune investigation.

Nuns & Nones helps millennials find surprise soulmates in Catholic sisters

July 11, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) — Nuns & Nones is a growing alliance connecting Catholic women religious, most of whom are over 60, with 20- and 30-something millennials, many of whom identify as religious ‘nones.’

Meet the Catholic sister nominated for an ESPY Award for her wicked curveball

June 25, 2019

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Illinois (RNS) — Last year, Sister Mary Jo Sobieck bounced a baseball off her bicep, threw a perfect curveball and became a viral sensation. Now she’s nominated for an ESPY.

Adam Hamilton on ‘Methodists in the middle’ and what’s next for the denomination

June 4, 2019

(RNS) — As the United Methodist Church has spent decades wrestling over the inclusion of its LGBTQ members, the Rev. Adam Hamilton, pastor of the largest United Methodist church in the United States, has emerged, as one local radio station put it, as ‘the Pied Piper for Methodists in the middle.’

Lutheran student pastor deported amid protests

May 30, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — At Emaus ELCA Church in Racine, Wis., student pastor Betty Rendón was ‘very well loved,’ and a lot of people are feeling the loss, said the church’s pastor.

Lutherans gather in prayer for student pastor reportedly arrested by ICE

May 15, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — The Rev. Paul Erickson, bishop of the ELCA’s Greater Milwaukee Synod, said the student pastor’s arrest may be ‘legal, but it is immoral.’

Rachel Held Evans, Christian writer of honesty and humor, dies at age 37

May 4, 2019

(RNS) — Evans repeatedly made the best-seller lists with wise and funny chronicles of her faith, doubt, honest questions and evolving beliefs.

United Methodist court upholds Traditional Plan’s ban on LGBTQ clergy, same sex marriage

April 26, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — Seven of the 17 petitions that made up the Traditional Plan are unconstitutional and will not be added with the others to the United Methodist Church’s rulebook.

Why United Methodists are watching the results of a denominational court meeting

April 23, 2019

CHICAGO (RNS) — What might United Methodists’ top court decide this week about the Traditional Plan, and what would that mean for the second-largest Protestant denomination in the United States?

Chrissy Metz on ‘Breakthrough’: Everything happens as it should

April 16, 2019

(RNS) — The ‘This Is Us’ actress said she ‘wholeheartedly’ believes in miracles, including the one a doctor says occurred in the life of a boy whose true story is depicted in the movie, releasing for Easter.

‘In this to the end’: LGBT United Methodists express hurt, hope after vote

February 28, 2019

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — After a wrenching three days of deliberations and spending $3.7 million to organize a special conference of its global church, the UMC has only marginally more more clarity on its future than when the meeting began.

United Methodists pass Traditional Plan, keep ban on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriage

February 26, 2019

ST. LOUIS (RNS) — Delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church decided Tuesday to strengthen the denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of LGBTQ people.

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