Emily McFarlan Miller is an author at Religion News Service.
Sister Helen Prejean on new book, getting rid of death penalty and getting Jesus ‘right’
(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
(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
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
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
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
(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.’
Lutherans gather in prayer for student pastor reportedly arrested by ICE
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
(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
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
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
(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
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
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.