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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

5 things you need to know from the ELCA Churchwide Assembly

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 12, 2022
COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — The denomination's first meeting since the pandemic saw the election of the first Asian American vice president, as well as support for the #Landback movement and a long-awaited apology.

Reckoning with their history, Lutherans issue declaration to Indigenous peoples

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 11, 2022
COLUMBUS, Ohio (RNS) — The largest Lutheran denomination in the United States shared its Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to American Indian and Alaska Native People for the first time in person Wednesday (Aug. 10) at its triennial Churchwide Assembly in Columbus, Ohio.

ELCA apologizes to Latino congregation whose pastor was removed on sacred day

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 10, 2022
(RNS) — ‘We hope that this public apology is only the first step of many in our committed journey to dismantle systemic racism in this church,’ representatives of Iglesia Luterana Santa Maria Peregrina said.

Why the largest US Lutheran denomination apologized to a Latino congregation

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 9, 2022
(RNS) — It’s been a ‘perfect storm’ of charismatic personalities and a heightened awareness of racism, all brewing in one of the country’s whitest denominations.

Who is St. Anne and why is she so important to Indigenous peoples?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 26, 2022
(RNS) — As the pope visits Canada, he will celebrate the Feast of St. Anne in the country. He also will visit several sites dedicated to the saint, whom Catholics believe to be the mother of Mary and the grandmother of Jesus.

More than 100 Florida churches file lawsuit to leave United Methodist Church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 18, 2022
(RNS) — The lawsuit comes amid a slow-moving schism in the United Methodist Church largely over the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members.

Episcopalians approve fact-finding commission on Indigenous boarding schools

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 12, 2022
(RNS) — The resolution comes as U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland kicks off ‘The Road to Healing,’ a national tour listening to the stories of survivors of Indian boarding schools in the United States.

What happened to United Methodists’ proposal to split the denomination?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 29, 2022
(RNS) — Before United Methodists could vote on the widely endorsed plan, traditionalists went ahead and launched a new denomination and several representatives of centrist and progressive groups revoked their support.

Presbyterian Church in America votes to leave National Association of Evangelicals

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 23, 2022
(RNS) — It’s the third time in the past decade the theologically conservative Presbyterian denomination has considered a measure to leave the association, an umbrella organization of 40 evangelical Christian denominations.

New documentary follows the Rev. James Martin ‘Building a Bridge’ to LGBTQ Catholics

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 23, 2022
(RNS) — ‘I just hope that it helps LGBTQ Catholics see that there’s a place for them in their own church — it’s their church, too — and also for Catholic leaders to hear these voices,’ Martin said.

Meet the first minister of gun violence prevention

By Emily McFarlan Miller — June 1, 2022
(RNS) — The Rev. Deanna Hollas urged Presbyterian Church (USA) congregations to host Guns to Gardens events at their churches, inviting — and sometimes incentivizing — gun owners to hand over their weapons to be turned into garden tools.

Asian American Christians see more work for the church to do to stop AAPI hate

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — 'In some ways, I think we have more to grieve now than we did one year ago after the March 16 Atlanta massacre,' said the Rev. Michelle Ami Reyes, vice president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative.

Chicago church preaches ‘The Gospel according to Dolly Parton’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 30, 2022
(RNS) — For the past five weeks, each Sunday’s sermon at Church of the Three Crosses has focused on a different song by Parton.

ELCA presiding bishop requests resignation of first transgender bishop

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 28, 2022
(RNS) — Bishop Megan Rohrer’s removal of a Latino pastor on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been criticized by the Asociación de Ministerios Latinos de la ELCA as showing a ‘lack of empathy and understanding toward their Latinx siblings.’

Shooting survivor shares why Christians need to offer more than thoughts and prayers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 26, 2022
(RNS) — ‘If God’s answer to our prayers is one that requires personal sacrifice, are we willing to hear that?’ said Taylor Schumann, author of ‘When Thoughts and Prayers Aren't Enough.’
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