Emily McFarlan Miller

Emily McFarlan Miller writes for the Religion News Service.

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Religious Leaders Call for Prayer and Action Following Florida School Shooting

by Emily McFarlan Miller 02-16-2018

Crosses for the victims of yesterday's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hang on a fence a short distance from the school in Parkland, Florida, U.S., February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

In all, 17 people were killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., making it one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history.

First Black Female Speedskater Maame Biney Smiles Because ‘God Has Blessed Me’

by Emily McFarlan Miller 02-15-2018

Dec 16, 2017; Kerns, UT, USA; Maame Biney (1) reacts to winning the A Final of the 500-meter race qualifying her for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at Utah Olympic Oval. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

U.S. speedskater Maame Biney, just-turned 18, has a smile that can light up any room, a giggle that has charmed Olympic audiences and a joy that her coaches say has carried her so far in her athletic career at such a young age.

Former Olympic Curling Hopeful Now Cheering Team USA From the Priesthood

by Emily McFarlan Miller 02-13-2018

Image via Rev. Andrew Roza/RNS

The priest said before the opening ceremony that he’d tune in to watch the Olympics, but he didn’t have any “extravagant big watch party plans” with others in the diocese or with students at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he lives. If Team USA does well, he said, he may flip on a game for the students.

‘Our Bible’ App Looks to Expand Diversity in Online Christian Communities

by Emily McFarlan Miller 02-05-2018

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After three developers, 18 months, a successful Indiegogo campaign and late nights raising funds as a Lyft driver, Cheatham recently released “Our Bible” — described on its website as a “meditation app for LGBTQ Christians, their friends, family and allies.”

Trump’s First Year: How Did He Do on Issues Important to Evangelicals?

by Emily McFarlan Miller 01-26-2018

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Supreme Court

In the days before the election, evangelist Franklin Graham told RNS that he wasn’t focused “on his potty mouth or her missing emails,” referring to Trump’s language and his Democratic rival’s trouble over an email server. Rather, Graham said, “It comes down to the Supreme Court, and who do you trust to appoint to the Supreme Court?”

Four Faiths, Four Perspectives: A Year in, How Trump's Presidency Galvanized People into Action

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“I really feel like activism is a form of sharing that love that God has given you,” she said. “Realizing that this world is made for all of us is something that’s transcending, and we have to inspire each other.”

Female Evangelical Leaders Call on Church to Speak Out on Violence Against Women

by Emily McFarlan Miller 12-20-2017

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It’s important for the church to get involved, it says, because Christians believe all people are created in the image of God, meaning violence against women is violence against God.

Founder of Nation’s Largest Christian Music Festival Charged with Child Molestation

by Emily McFarlan Miller 12-08-2017

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The former disc jockey-turned-pastor founded Creation Festival in 1979 after he had a vision of “thousands of kids on a hillside,” he told RNS as the festival celebrated its 25th anniversary. It grew from attracting 5,000 people to a park in Lancaster, Pa., that first year, to annual, multi-day events in both Pennsylvania and Washington state.

Trump Drastically Cuts National Monument Sacred to Native Americans

by Emily McFarlan Miller 12-05-2017

Image via New Mexico Wildlife Federation / RNS

“However, we are resilient and refuse to allow President Trump’s unlawful decision to discourage us. We will continue to fight in honor of our ancestral warriors who fought for our way of life, for our culture and for our land too.

Conservatives Defend Roy Moore — Invoking Joseph, Mary, and the Ten Commandments

by Emily McFarlan Miller 11-10-2017

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally, in Fairhope, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Conservative Christian supporters of Roy Moore are defending the U.S. Senate candidate against charges of sexually assaulting a teenager decades ago — and one of them used the biblical story of Mary and Joseph to rationalize sex between an adult and a minor.

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