Emily McFarlan Miller

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

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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.

Priest supports whistleblower allegations at ICE facility as Christian leaders weigh in

September 23, 2020

(RNS) — Sister Simone Campbell and the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are among those calling for Homeland Security to investigate allegations of neglect and a high rate of hysterectomies at an immigrant detention center.

What’s behind the ‘Cuties’ outrage?

September 18, 2020

(RNS) — The movie has provoked backlash since it landed last week on Netflix, the popular TV and movie streaming service. But what is the movie about, and why has it struck such a dissonant chord?

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago planning to sell downtown headquarters

September 16, 2020

CHICAGO (RNS) — ‘Maintaining an underused diocesan headquarters in an expensive building on prime real estate is not good stewardship of diocesan assets,’ said Episcopal Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee of Chicago.

Influential pastor, Charles Stanley, steps down at First Baptist Church Atlanta after 50 years

September 14, 2020

(RNS) — Charles Stanley doesn’t believe in retirement, but the influential pastor is stepping down from his role at First Baptist Church Atlanta.

Longtime professor Jim Spiegel out at Taylor University after ‘Little Hitler’ video

September 4, 2020

(RNS) — James Spiegel, a longtime professor at Taylor University, is out — reportedly after posting a video of a song he’d written titled ‘Little Hitler’ on YouTube.

‘Kayak Church’ gathers Pennsylvania church in person — and on the water — amid pandemic

September 4, 2020

HOWARD, Pa. (RNS) — More than two dozen people joined a brightly colored flotilla for Kayak Church on Sunday (Aug. 30) as Faith United Church of Christ, like so many other churches across the country, dips its toes into meeting together in person after months apart during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Kenosha prayer vigil at ELCA church calls for confession, lament and justice for Jacob Blake

September 3, 2020

KENOSHA, Wis. (RNS) — About 200 people — including the head of the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States — gathered Wednesday (Sept. 2) at a prayer vigil in Kenosha to confess and lament the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Eric Metaxas confirms he punched protester, says protester was to blame

September 1, 2020

(RNS) — Last week, a viral video began circulating on social media showing a man who closely resembles Eric Metaxas striking a protester and running away backward. 

Charges dropped against former Village Church children’s minister Matt Tonne

September 1, 2020

(RNS) — The district attorney moved to dismiss the charges, alleging ‘the complainant cannot and has not positively identified defendant as the person who committed this offense.‘

Damaged Kenosha church: ‘We would rather lose 100 buildings than one more life to police violence’

August 28, 2020

(RNS) — That’s a commitment the pastor said comes from the congregation’s Unitarian Universalist beliefs.

How Trump’s Republican National Convention speech wove faith into the ‘great American story’

August 28, 2020

(RNS) — Accepting the Republican nomination for a second term, President Donald Trump said, ‘Our country is blessed by God and has a special purpose in this world.’

Citing Scripture, Pence switches out Jesus for the American flag in convention speech

August 27, 2020

(RNS) — ‘Christians fix our eyes on Jesus, not the flag,’ tweeted InterVarsity staffer Greg Jao.

RNC speaker Mary Ann Mendoza removed from lineup after sharing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Twitter

August 26, 2020

(RNS) — Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was killed by a drunken driver who was in the United States without documents, had been expected to speak Tuesday (Aug. 25) at the convention, according to the Trump campaign.

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