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Ed Rowe (from left), Rebecca Wilson, Robin Hager and Jill Zundel react to the defeat of a proposal that would have allowed LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage within the United Methodist Church, at the denomination's Special Session of the General Conference in February. Sid Hastings/AP hide caption

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After Disagreements Over LGBTQ Clergy, U.S. Methodists Move Closer To Split

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Cathedral High School leadership in Indianapolis says Archbishop Charles Thompson issued "direct guidance" that the school fire a teacher in a same-sex marriage or forfeit its Catholic identity. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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Amber Scorah writes about exiting the Jehovah's Witnesses in Leaving the Witness. Lee Towndrow/Viking hide caption

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'I Couldn't Continue On': A Former Jehovah's Witness On Leaving The Faith

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High Court Rules Cross May Stand On Public Land

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The sanctuary at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed legislation permitting the church to hire its own police force. Anthony Izaguirre/AP hide caption

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Singer Anita Bryant (right) is led to the voting booth at her Miami Beach polling place by volunteer Leah Dezen in 1977. Bryant was the leader of the opposition group Save Our Children, whose members pushed for the repeal of a gay-rights ordinance in Miami-Dade County. Kathy A. Willens/AP hide caption

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The Culture Wars Live On Between The LGBTQ Rights Movement And The Religious Right

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Wade In The Water Ep. 1: Songs And Singing As Church

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Wade In The Water Ep. 2: In Search Of The Sacred

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Jessye Norman rehearsing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the first night of The Proms at the BBC's Maida Vale Studio, London. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 3: Steal Away, Songs & Stories About Slavery

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Wade In The Water Ep. 4: Sacred Songs As History

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Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Gray and Annie Devine, Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party contestants for the state's seats, hold a telegram allowing them onto the House floor during debate. Bettmann/Bettmann Archive hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 5: The Power Of Communal Song

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Singer Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon speaks during a music workshop for high school students in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 9, 2010, "A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement." AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Wade In The Water Ep. 6: Lined Hymn & Shaped-Note Tradition

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Wade In The Water Ep. 7: The Fisk Jubilee Singers And The Concert Spiritual Tradition

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Wade In The Water Ep. 8: African American Composers & The Concert Spiritual Tradition

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