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Emily McFarlan Miller

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

All Stories by Emily McFarlan Miller

Romance Writers of America rescinds award for Christian novel as publisher defends it

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 4, 2021
(RNS) — The decision follows criticism from readers and other romance authors that ‘At Love’s Command,’ which opens with a scene depicting the Wounded Knee Massacre, romanticizes the killing of Native Americans.

After award win, Christian romance novel draws criticism for ‘romanticized genocide’ of Native Americans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 2, 2021
(RNS) — 'At Love's Command,' this year’s winner of the Romance Writers of America’s Vivian Award for best romance with religious or spiritual elements, has stirred controversy.

CDC researcher Susan Hillis on how people of faith can support COVID orphans

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — 'Faith communities are really good at doing this, walking with people through adversity until they get out the other side,' she said.

In 2010, the US apologized to Native Americans. A new spiritual movement aims to recognize it.

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — Others feel the apology is inadequate and should not be accepted by Native Americans.

At Tokyo Olympics, even faith events look different as COVID spikes. Here’s how.

By Emily McFarlan Miller, Adelle M. Banks — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Religious services for residents of the Olympic Village will be provided virtually due to the pandemic, but Christian evangelistic organizations aren’t letting COVID-19 dampen their efforts at reaching the Japanese.

UMC edges toward historic split over LGBTQ inclusion. This church showed the way.

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 22, 2021
(RNS) — Community of Hope was founded in 1993 as an outreach to ‘people on the margin,’ including LGBTQ people and people living with HIV/AIDS, according to its former pastor.

With more than a million children orphaned by COVID, faith-based groups look to mobilize support

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — ‘These new estimates highlight the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had on children around the world,’ said Elli Oswald, executive director of the Faith to Action Initiative.

World Relief announces Myal Greene as new head amid ‘the most significant crisis of our lives’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 21, 2021
(RNS) — The announcement comes after current World Relief President Scott Arbeiter and CEO Tim Breene announced in February they were stepping down after a combined 30 years serving the organization.

Lawsuit accuses Liberty University of ‘enabling on-campus rapes’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — The suit, brought by 12 anonymous women, was filed Tuesday (July 20) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Wally Funk’s church celebrates her Blue Origin spaceflight: ‘What an inspiration she’s been to us all’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 20, 2021
(RNS) — About 300 members of White’s Chapel turned out Tuesday morning (July 20) at the church to view a livestream of the launch making the pioneering pilot the oldest person in space.

Tokyo archbishop bans Olympians from Catholic churches amid surge in COVID-19 cases

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — Parishes in the Tokyo archdiocese have canceled all the plans they had made to 'address the spiritual needs of the many people who would come to Japan' for the upcoming Summer Olympics.

United Church of Christ declares racism a public health crisis

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 14, 2021
(RNS) — The resolution’s approval ‘set the tone’ for the United Church of Christ’s Special Edition General Synod, which runs through Sunday (July 18).

As United Church of Christ takes on race and LGBTQ issues, consensus reigns

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — The remaining Protestant denominational meetings this summer promise more comity than strife.

Presbyterian Church in America leaders say those who identify as gay are not qualified for ordination

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Scott Barber, chair of the Overtures Committee, told the elders voting on the overture that its intent is not to exclude Christians who are gay but remain celibate. Still, that’s not the way many opponents of the overture received its approval.

US Catholic bishops pledge to assist country’s review of past Indigenous boarding schools

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 30, 2021
(RNS) — ‘By bringing this painful story to light, may it bring some measure of peace to the victims and a heightened awareness so that this disturbing history is never repeated,’ said Chieko Noguchi, spokesperson for the USCCB.
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