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Rejoice School of Ballet

Adelle Banks, Religion News Service's production editor and national reporter, visited the Rejoice School of Ballet, a faith-based nonprofit in Nashville, Tenn., during a November multimedia boot camp with the Freedom Forum's Diversity Institute.  Video by Adelle Banks
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Judith Valente is a poet, a correspondent for “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly'' on PBS and commentator for WGLT-Radio in Illinois. Her latest book, “Atchison Blue: A Search for Silence, a Spiritual Home and a Living Faith,” chronicles her many visits with the Benedictine sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, a monastery in Atchison, Kansas. Photo courtesy of Judith Valente
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Bishop T.D. Jakes, a producer of the new movie “Heaven is for Real,” said interest in the story of Colton Burpo, a four-year-old boy who claims to have glimpsed heaven after a near-death experience, reflects a "growing wonder" in the afterlife that spans religious backgrounds. Photo courtesy of T.D. Jakes
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"Coming Out Atheist" by Greta Christina. Photo courtesy of Greta Christina
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Tenor Jeffrey Halili, a deacon at the church who sings the critical evangelist role, is a professional opera singer. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Halili
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A painting of Jesus' crucifixion, part of a Stations of the Cross series, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow
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A statue depicting Mary holding Jesus after his crucifixion death, is displayed at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow
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The Rev. Ron Stief, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Photo courtesy of Rev. Ron Stief
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Two Overland Park Police cars patrol the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus on April 14 in Overland Park, Kan., one day after Frazier Glenn Cross shot and killed 2 men in the parking lot. Religion News Service photo by Sally Morrow
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(1969) James Forman, chief spokesman for the Black Manifesto, inspects a bulletin board in New York's Interchurch Center after he and supporting members of the National Black Economic Development seized three floors of offices. The NBEDC seeks $500 million in reparations from the white religious community. Religion News Service file photo
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The Book's curriculum cover photo courtesy of Museum of the Bible.
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