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 what happened from Nov. 7 – 13. In this week's mix: Sikhs and Hindus celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights; skeptics gathered in the Bible Belt for Skepticon, a national conference; a Christian radio station celebrated its 20th anniversary; and the nation celebrated Veterans Day.
You'll also hear what the Columbia Baha'i faith community sang during a celebration of the birth of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the faith.
For more, go to our partner sites ColumbiaFAVs.com, WilmingtonFAVS.com, ToledoFAVS.com and HartfordFAVS.com.
You can also check out our national partner, Religion News Service.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 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, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.