Riley Manning


Hello! I'm Riley Manning, Religion editor here at the Journal. I graduated from Millsaps in 2011 with a degree in English and a bad habit of correcting other people's grammar. My favorite places to be are on the beach with a book or in a hay field at sun down.

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By Riley Manning Daily Journal On Friday, United Methodists from across the world concluded their quadrinneal General Conference after 10 days of discussing, approving and passing decisions on church polity. The Rev. Fred Britton, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Tupelo, attended the event in Portland, Oregon, along with nearly 1,000 other Methodist representatives […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – This year’s Tupelo Reads selection offers the perfect mix of literature and football. Written by Jackson native Stuart Stevens, “The Last Season” is a memoir chronicling a son and aging father connecting over the 2013 Ole Miss football season. “It’s about more than football,” said former mayor Jack […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Earlier this month, Pope Francis announced his intention to order an official commission to investigate the prospect of allowing female deacons, or “deaconesses,” in the Catholic Church. Though the move falls far short of ordaining women as priests, a prospect Francis has emphatically announced he will not pursue in his […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal After 27 years of ministry at Harrisburg Baptist Church, associate pastor the Rev. David Langerfeld will celebrate his final morning worship May 22. Throughout his 45-year ministry, Langerfeld has conducted over 250 weddings, counseled over 700 individuals, led 50 mission trips and taught over 2,000 Sunday school lessons. Impressive though […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Roughing it doesn’t quite cover the undertaking Trails and Treads ambassadors James Hollings and Aaron Jennings will embark on in the coming weeks. The cyclists headed out today to bike the 550-mile Colorado trail to raise awareness for veteran suicide. The route runs through the wilderness from Denver […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Last weekend, the Orthodox Church around the world celebrated Easter – a full five weeks after the Catholic and Protestant’s marking of the holiday. Western Christians might call it late, but to Orthodox Christians, it’s right on Biblical time. “The Western church changed the calculation of Easter in the Middle […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – From the steps of City Hall on Thursday, Mayor Jason Shelton praised the 100 or so gathered for a brief prayer time. “We don’t hide our Christianity, we put it on the front porch,” Shelton said. Sponsored by the American Family Association, the event marked the National Day […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – At 8 a.m. Monday morning, mayor Jason Shelton kicked off a marathon reading of the Holy Bible – cover to cover – at Veterans Park. The mayor read the first nine chapters of Genesis. The group, led by members and pastor of East Heights Baptist Church, intends to […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – On Saturday, The Orchard will host its first ever “Mud Stumper” event – a race through several obstacles designed to be as fun as it is dirty. The course will cover 1.25 miles and will include walls, mud mountains, tire fields and technical bridges. The race will begin […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – After 21 months of an empty pulpit, First Baptist Church in Tupelo will welcome a new pastor, the Rev. Matt Powell. Powell, 32, preached at First Baptist April 23, after which the congregation voted on whether to offer Powell the position of senior pastor. First Baptist associate minister […]