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Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.

All Stories by Emily McFarlan Miller

What does healing look like to survivors of the US Indian boarding school system?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 23, 2022
(RNS) — ‘A big aspect of the healing is going to be a sincere, heartfelt apology by the different denominations that participated,’ said one survivor.

RNS holiday gift guide 2022: Ideas for the kids, adults and Pastafarians on your list

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Because not everybody celebrates a religious holiday in December, but everybody loves presents.

Texas megachurch White’s Chapel departs UMC to anchor new Methodist ‘college’

By BeLynn Hollers and Emily McFarlan Miller — November 18, 2022
SOUTHLAKE, Texas (RNS) — 'We want to work together, and we want to be a healing agent between all of Methodism,' said the Rev. John McKellar, co-pastor of White’s Chapel. 

Religion plays a role in Native American adoption case before Supreme Court

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 9, 2022
(RNS) — Legal activists argue that Brackeen v. Haaland could inhibit Native American children’s contact with their religious traditions while extending a long history of white Christian efforts to convert Native children and remove them from their homes and families.

United Methodist Church announces date, location for thrice-postponed General Conference

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 7, 2022
(RNS) — The next General Conference will be held April 23 to May 3, 2024, at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

New Hulu documentary recaps rise of Moral Majority and downfall of Jerry Falwell Jr.

By Emily McFarlan Miller — November 3, 2022
(RNS) — ‘God Forbid,’ which clocks in at nearly two hours and carries a TV-MA rating, released this week on streaming platform Hulu.

Major Christian leaders asked Jan. 6 committee to investigate Christian nationalism

By Jack Jenkins and Emily McFarlan Miller — November 3, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘The ideology of Christian nationalism helped motivate and intensify the insurrection,’ read the letter to the committee, signed by the heads of several major denominations.

‘Tell what happened’: Pastor and last surviving eyewitness urges Christians to remember Emmett Till

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 26, 2022
WHEATON, Ill. (RNS) — The brutal murder of Emmett Till became a catalyst for the civil rights movement and has enduring relevance in today's anti-racist activism.

No tricks! Church trunk or treats are a Halloween tradition

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 25, 2022
ST. CHARLES, Illinois (RNS) — Trunk or treats have grown in popularity in recent decades, many hosted by churches as outreach to their surrounding communities.

The jump-out-of-your-skin scares return in person, online at Halaloween film festival

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 18, 2022
(RNS) — Halaloween features horror films from across the globe that were made by, for or about Muslims.

When it comes to Halloween, pastors have opinions, according to new survey

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 18, 2022
(RNS) — More than 90% of pastors encourage their congregations to observe Oct. 31 in a particular way, but that ranges from avoiding Halloween completely to inviting people to Halloween-adjacent events at their churches.

What Biden’s new deal for Venezuelans means for other refugees

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Paul O'Donnell — October 13, 2022
(RNS) — Faith-based refugee resettlement agencies welcome the new program, while advocating for refugees who have gotten less media coverage of late.

Pastor on leave after reportedly giving out ‘i (heart) hot youth pastors’ stickers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 10, 2022
(RNS) — The stickers touched a nerve as a number of sexual abuse cases involving youth pastors have made headlines in recent years.

Episcopal priest the Rev. David Sibley becomes four-time ‘Jeopardy!’ champion

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 6, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I’m just a nerdy trivia buff kind of guy who wanted to play ‘Jeopardy!’ all my life,’ said the Rev. David Sibley, who won nearly $80,000.

United Methodists’ Native American International Caucus calls for end to Columbus Day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — October 4, 2022
(RNS) — The caucus is asking Congress to approve several bills replacing the federal holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day.
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