Emily McFarlan Miller is an award-winning freelance journalist and social media consultant based in Chicago. Most recently, she managed social media for the Chicago Sun-Times, winning first place for the newspaper's social media presence and second place for her own from the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors Association. Previously, she was the education reporter at The Courier-News, then the Sun-Times publication in Elgin, Illinois. Her writing has appeared in RELEVANT magazine, The Washington Post's Acts of Faith, The Boston Globe's Crux, Religion News Service and other publications.

In addition to her work in journalism, she recently became president of Hope for the First Nations and is studying for a master's degree in intercultural studies through the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Connect with her at emmillerwrites.com.

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Mother's Day gift guide: Something for everyone who mothers

With Mother's Day falling every year on a Sunday — this year it's May 8 — many churches try to honor the moms in their congregations during weekly worship services.

The world's sacred texts include a number of stories about mothers, who often are the first to pass faith on to their children. Many view the work of mothering as holy work and experience the love of God in the love of their mothers.

As the quote attributed to author Rudyard Kipling goes, "God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers."

The climate crisis is increasingly a refugee crisis, faith resettlement groups say

For more than 80 years, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service has helped resettle refugees — increasingly those refugees have been displaced due to climate disasters.

'Father Stu' is Mark Wahlberg's 'love letter to God'

Mark Wahlberg said that bringing the story of a boxer-turned-priest to the big screen reaffirmed his faith and his commitment to serving God.

Evangelical scientist Katharine Hayhoe finds hope in United Nations' climate report

"That's how the world changes: When individuals have the courage of their convictions and use their voices to call for change," the climate scientist told Religion News Service.