Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller writes for the Religion News Service.

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How Evangelicals Teamed Up With the White House on Prison Reform

by Emily McFarlan Miller 05-29-2018

Jail cells are seen in the Enhanced Supervision Housing Unit at the Rikers Island Correctional facility in New York March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

“Sparks were flying all around the table, and then Jared had this idea,” Moore said. “He said — it was a brilliant idea, and this was the impetus, the beginning of things — ‘What if we got every church or synagogue to take responsibility for one prisoner re-entering society? You think that could work?’”

Austin Channing Brown: White People Are ‘Exhausting’

by Emily McFarlan Miller 05-10-2018

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"I wanted to make a book that (says), this is how it feels, here is how it’s dangerous for me to talk about race and be a black woman in an organization that thinks it’s made it, but it still has work to do. I hope by naming those things and making those things real, it would open up the eyes of white folks and (give) people of color an opportunity to say, 'This is real.'"

United Methodist Bishops Want to Let Pastors, Conferences Decide on LGBT Clergy, Marriages

by Emily McFarlan Miller 05-07-2018

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But since the 2016 meeting, many of its smaller U.S. jurisdictions and regional bodies, called annual conferences, have made their own decisions regarding LGBT clergy. Last year, the Mountain Sky Conference elected Karen Oliveto, a married lesbian, as the denomination’s first openly LGBT bishop.

‘Nones’ Get Their First Congressional Caucus

by Emily McFarlan Miller 05-01-2018

Aerial view of National Mall in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Library of Congress

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and organizations promoting atheism, agnosticism, and humanism announced the creation this week of the first Congressional Freethought Caucus.

Still Evangelical? Faith Leaders Question Label After Trump, #MeToo

by Emily McFarlan Miller 04-18-2018

Kathy Khang speaks at the session April 13 at the Festival of Faith and Writing. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller

The panel of Christian women writers described the night Donald Trump won the presidency as, in the words of one, “a nightmare.”

“As the numbers rolled in, [there was] just this sense of this nightmare is really true – our family, the body of Christ, is actually going to vote in a way that dehumanized our presence here in this country,” said Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina and the executive pastor of Grace and Peace Community in Chicago.

Evangelical Leaders Gather at Wheaton to Discuss Future of the Movement in Trump Era

by Emily McFarlan Miller 04-17-2018

Blanchard Hall at Wheaton College near Chicago. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

About 50 evangelical Christian leaders gathered early this week to discuss the future of evangelicalism amid concerns their movement has become too closely associated with President Trump’s polarizing politics.

‘Hey Alexa: Who Is Jesus?’

by Emily McFarlan Miller 04-17-2018

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“Fears about the technology might go viral, especially if they’re designed to go viral, but the more lasting effect might be the way this technology is adopted and adapted by creative, mission-driven people,” Silliman said.

‘Rejoice and Be Glad’: Catholics Respond to Pope’s Letter

by Emily McFarlan Miller 04-10-2018

Pope Francis arrives to lead a Holy Mass to mark the feast of Divine Mercy in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican April 8, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

“As with any magisterial document, it will take some time to digest and unfold the gift that Pope Francis has given us.” 

N.T. Wright on the ‘Very Human Character’ of the Apostle Paul

by Emily McFarlan Miller 03-29-2018

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People have often said to me, “If Paul came back today, what would he be most shocked at in today’s church?” And I say, unhesitatingly, our disunity — not just the fact that we’re not united, but the fact that we don’t care.

Is Criminal Justice Reform Possible?

by Emily McFarlan Miller 03-15-2018

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Another issue that we know: In a number of states, pregnant women, when they give birth in the midst of their sentences, they’re forced to be shackled to a gurney in the midst of their delivery process. We know being born into that stress-induced state has irreversible cognitive impacts on the child, but we still haven’t changed the law in light of that.