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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

Annual March for Life goes virtual amid COVID-19, unrest at US Capitol

January 15, 2021

(RNS) — The annual anti-abortion demonstration has brought supporters to the nation’s capital each year since the first anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 1974 to hear from speakers and march to the Supreme Court building.

2021 might be unpredictable, but don’t ditch your datebook. Planning can be a spiritual exercise

January 15, 2021

(RNS) —  The beginning of another pandemic year largely locked down at home, the future still uncertain, may be the perfect time to flip the page in a new planner.

Open Doors’ 2021 watch list highlights impact of COVID-19 on religious persecution worldwide

January 13, 2021

(RNS) — North Korea leads the organization’s annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution for their faith for the 20th straight year.

Conspiracy theories and the ‘American Madness’ that gripped the Capitol

January 12, 2021

(RNS) — Author Tea Krulos talked to Religion News Service about how conspiracy theories have spread, how religion plays a role and how to talk to friends and family who believe them.

Court blocks Trump executive order allowing state and local officials to refuse refugees

January 8, 2021

(RNS) — President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office in less than two weeks, has expressed support for rebuilding the U.S. refugee program.

Heathens condemn storming of Capitol after Norse religious symbols appear amid mob

January 8, 2021

(RNS) — Lea Svendsen, a heathen author, said it was ‘heartbreaking’ to see her articles of faith at the center of the violence.

New film ‘Chasing the Rain’ wrestles with suffering and other unanswerable questions

January 7, 2021

(RNS) — The film, which released on Amazon Prime Video just before the holidays, also features cameos by well-known Christian thinkers, including Greg Boyd, N.T. Wright, Efrem Smith and Shane Claiborne.

Chicago’s activist priest Rev. Michael Pfleger steps aside amid past child abuse allegation: Archdiocese

January 5, 2021

CHICAGO (RNS) — Pfleger is well known in the city for his activism, particularly against gun violence.

117th Congress, like the old, is overwhelmingly Christian, heavily Protestant

January 4, 2021

(RNS) — Whereas about a quarter (26%) of US adults are religiously unaffiliated, only one member of the 117th Congress — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema — described herself that way.

5 ‘in real life’ religion and pop culture clashes from 2020

December 30, 2020

(RNS) — Kanye ran for president. Rihanna faced backlash from Muslims. A French-language film caused many conservative religious people to #CancelNetflix.

Student-led petition calls for Liberty University to close Falkirk Center, its political think tank

December 30, 2020

(RNS) — The petition’s signers join a growing chorus of voices that have expressed concerns about Liberty’s association with the Falkirk Center.

Hymn database sees spike in 2020 as Christians worship at home

December 30, 2020

(RNS) — ‘In this time of uncertainty and fear, Christians around the globe turn to scripture and turn to song for comfort,’ according to the website

The creche brings home the Christmas story for these ‘mega’ collectors

December 24, 2020

(RNS) — For creche collectors, the Nativity scenes are both universal — something shared by all Christians — and deeply personal — reflecting their own cultures and even interests.

Taylor Swift’s ‘witchy’ new album fuels speculation about her interest in the craft

December 22, 2020

(RNS) — It’s unclear if Swift’s most recent references to witchcraft are simply part of the ‘cottagecore’ aesthetic of her 2020 twin albums or more personal commentary on her spirituality.

Why NBA star Kyrie Irving was burning sage before a game with the Celtics

December 21, 2020

(RNS) — NBA star Kyrie Irving, who has Native American roots, burned sage during a warmup in a practice known as smudging.

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