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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

Safe in the US, Afghan evacuees turn their attention to the families they left behind

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 7, 2021
(RNS) — Faith-based refugee resettlement agencies are helping people like Mustafa and their families to settle into their new homes in the US and advocating for those left behind.

Indigenous communities in Louisiana’s Delta overwhelmed by damage from Ida

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 1, 2021
(RNS) — Monique Verdin, a member of the United Houma Nation, is afraid Louisiana’s Indigenous communities will be forgotten as faith-based disaster relief groups and other aid streams to New Orleans.

First Nations Version translates the New Testament for Native American readers

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 31, 2021
(RNS) — 'We believe it's a gift not only to our Native people, (but) from our Native people to the dominant culture,' said Terry Wildman, the lead translator and project manager of the First Nations Version.

How to help Afghans arriving in the US after fleeing the Taliban

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 25, 2021
(RNS) — Here are a few of the faith-based organizations working with Afghans both overseas and arriving in the U.S. and some ways you can help them.

Nadia Bolz-Weber installed as ELCA’s first pastor of public witness

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 23, 2021
(RNS) — 'We are acknowledging that Nadia has a ministry that goes far beyond the walls of any one church,' the installing bishop told RNS.

Bishop responds after former American University chaplain accused of misconduct

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 19, 2021
(RNS) — A former campus minister and university chaplain at American University in Washington, D.C., has surrendered his clergy credentials after he reportedly admitted to allegations of clergy sexual misconduct.

Biden authorizes new refugee funds, fends off criticism from aid groups

By Jack Jenkins and Emily McFarlan Miller — August 17, 2021
(RNS) — Faith-based groups continued to pressure the White House to help U.S. allies and other vulnerable Afghans, including Christians and other religious minorities.

Refugee aid groups criticize Biden for stumbles in evacuating ‘desperate’ Afghans

By Emily McFarlan Miller and Jack Jenkins — August 16, 2021
(RNS) — Krish O’Mara Vignarajah, head of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, described President Biden's claim that Afghans did not want to leave the country as 'misleading at best.'

Chaplain provides friendly face, spiritual and mental support to Olympians amid unusual Games

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — 'We are much quicker to recognize mental or spiritual needs as being as important as physical,' said Stuart Weir of Verite Sport.

Christian group petitions Fisher-Price to replace Nativity playset depicting holy family as white

By Emily McFarlan Miller — August 6, 2021
(RNS) — Faithful America is encouraging the toy company to portray Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus as people of color.

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 and 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.
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