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

Rohingya American voters ‘grateful,’ ‘excited’ to cast ballots for the first time in Chicago

October 21, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — About a dozen Rohingya refugees voted for the first time Tuesday (Oct. 20) at an early voting site in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

Petition for a new American Girl doll asks popular toy company to tell the modern refugee story

October 20, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — ‘I think by inviting the American Girl Company to pay attention to the importance of refugee stories and people, we are showing God’s love to the world and to refugees,’ said Laura Laurie, petition creator.

Lecrae on growing uncomfortable with white evangelicalism and finding ‘Restoration’

October 14, 2020

(RNS) — The Christian hip-hop artist’s new book examines the spiritual, personal and artistic dimensions of redemption.

Refugee data on religion disappears as fewer persecuted Christians admitted to US

October 13, 2020

(RNS) — The State Department no longer is making publicly available a number of statistics about refugees admitted into the United States, including their religious affiliations.

‘Give Me My Colored Coat’: Donny Osmond performs wedding in amazing technicolor dreamcoat

October 13, 2020

(RNS) — For a wedding ceremony performed by ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ star Donny Osmond, not just any robe will do.

Episcopal men’s ministry loses board members, chapters over response to George Floyd’s death

October 12, 2020

(RNS) — The Brotherhood of St. Andrew has publicly apologized and said they realize they need to do more to combat systemic racism and white privilege in the organization and beyond. Others say it has a long way to go.

Unlike most Christian women’s conferences, the Ally Virtual Tour isn’t shying away from politics

October 7, 2020

(RNS) — The four-week Ally Tour kicked off Monday (Oct. 5) and brings together a number of female Christian leaders to discuss faith, gender, race and politics in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election.

Trump evangelical advisers exposed to COVID-19 flout CDC guidelines, preach in public

October 5, 2020

WASHINGTON (RNS) — A number of high-profile Christian leaders attended recent Washington, D.C., events with people who have since tested positive for COVID-19. Some have chosen to quarantine out of precaution, but others continue to travel and even to preach in front of their congregations.

Scholars call out Putin and the ‘escalation’ of persecution against Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia

October 2, 2020

(RNS) — A group of 50 religion scholars from around the world are calling on President Vladimir Putin and his administration to end the persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.

Faith-based organizations express outrage over plan to cut refugee admissions to historic low — again

October 1, 2020

(RNS) — In recent weeks, several faith-based organizations involved in refugee resettlement had asked the Trump administration to raise that number to its historic average: 95,000.

Lutherans ask Trump administration to admit more refugees as deadline looms

September 28, 2020

(RNS) — Clergy in the US largest Lutheran denomination are asking the administration to admit at least 95,000 in the 2021 fiscal year, which begins in October.

Shofar popups and drive-in singalongs: Adapting Jewish ‘Days of Awe’ for COVID-19

September 25, 2020

(RNS) — Since the novel coronavirus put an end to in-person gatherings, synagogues around the country are finding innovative ways to celebrate the High Holy Days and create a sense of community.

The mood in Louisville: Second night of protests ends in police standoff outside church

September 25, 2020

(RNS) — As curfew took effect at 9 p.m. Thursday night (Sept. 24) in Louisville, and about 100 protesters sought refuge from police in a church.

Churches hit home run with services in ballparks and stadiums as COVID-19 cancels sports

September 24, 2020

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (RNS) — With many sports canceled for the season, some churches — like South Bend City Church — have filled the stands at the empty stadiums and ballparks in their neighborhoods.

Texas United Methodists take up call to replace denomination’s logo over association with racist imagery

September 23, 2020

(RNS) — One of the United Methodist Church’s regional conferences has taken up the call to replace the denomination’s ‘Cross and Flame’ logo because of its association for many with the racist imagery of a burning cross.

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