Popular Christian Writer Rachel Held Evans Hospitalized After Severe Allergic Reaction

Rachel Held Evans, a popular progressive Christian writer and speaker with an active social media presence, is no stranger to using hashtags.

On Friday (April 19), the hashtag #PrayForRHE appeared on Twitter, forming a prayer chain for Evans as news spread she has been hospitalized after a severe allergic reaction to medication.

Within hours, the hashtag was trending in the United States, signaling that it was one of the most read and commented-on topics in the country.

Sarah Bessey and Jeff Chu, both co-curators with Evans of the Evolving Faith Conference, had asked their Twitter followers to join them in an hour of prayer Friday afternoon.

Bessey requested “prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, strength and healing,” using #PrayForRHE.

Evans tweeted Sunday that she had been admitted to the hospital with a “flu + UTI combo and a severe allergic reaction” to antibiotics she had been given, asking for prayer and lamenting she would miss “Game of Thrones.”

She had posted several times about the flu days before, calling Influenza A “no joke” and praising her husband for caring for their two small children both while she was sick and while she was traveling earlier this month for Why Christian?, another conference she co-founded with the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber.

Bessey confirmed Friday morning that Evans remains hospitalized and that it “has been a difficult few days.”

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Source: Religion News Service