After a holiday hiatus, the FAV(e) Photo slideshow is back.
Each week, the five Faith and Values sites compile their top photos to give you a glance at what is happening in communities around the country. Here's a look at the last few weeks of January. In this week's mix, we've got a Buddhist nun ordination in Washington, a Buddhist temple opening in North Carolina, a response to the Newtown school shooting in Connecticut, and great speakers in the Midwest.
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Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.