Thursday, June 7, 2018

Church of Scientology Showcases Best Practices for Sustainability

The Church of Scientology in partnership with the Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee observed World Environment Day with a Sustainable Living Conference.

According to Global News, “The fashion industry is the world’s second-largest polluter, after oil. That means even if you’re diligent about correctly separating your recycling, put solar panels on your roof and collect rainwater, and strictly buy local, organic produce, you’re inherently implicit in fashion’s shameful truth just by getting dressed every morning.” To combat pollution and enlighten people on the best sustainable living practices, the Nashville Church of Scientology, in partnership with the Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee, just held a Sustainable Living Conference on World Environment Day. 



The conference began with a keynote speech on sustainable fashion by Elisabeth Donaldson of 365 Days of Thrift. She covered why thrifting is important for sustainability and the facts of how the fashion industry harms the environment. This was followed by an Eco Conscious Panel discussion with Homesteading Hero Janelle Hillman, high style thrift blogger Audrey Rhodes, and CEO of New Frontier Tiny Homes David Lattimer. Following the panel discussion was a fashion show featuring all thrifted clothing, arranged by stylist and thrift blogger Tori Beth.


World Environment Day occurs each year on June 5th and is celebrated by the United Nations. According to unep.org, World Environment Day “…has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.”

The Way to Happiness Association was formed around the book The Way To Happiness, written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The book is filled with twenty-one precepts based on the fact that one’s survival depends on the survival of others. One of these precepts is “Safeguard and Improve the Environment,” which takes to heart care for the planet. Donaldson pointed out other precepts that also encourage good behavior such as “Set a Good Example,” and “Take Care of Yourself.”

For more information about the Church of Scientology or its programs, visit scientology-ccnashville.org. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tennessee United for Human Rights Plans Future Educational Summits

Tennessee United for Human Rights provides basic education on human rights to people of all ages.

In order for human rights to be upheld and protected, they must be known. That is why Tennessee United for Human Rights works to educate people on their basic rights.

Tennessee United for Human Rights (TUHR) was formed as a non-profit public benefit corporation in 2015 to provide education and materials to Tennesseans. Since that time, the Tennessee chapter of the international non-profit United for Human Rights has delivered seminars, participated in events and raised awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights across the state.

TUHR will be holding events before the year is out during International Day of Peace, International Human Rights Day, and International Religious Freedom Day.

United for Human Rights provides materials that visualize the complete history of human rights, break down of the individual points of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and show how people can protect themselves with this knowledge. 

TUHR educates people through a series of events throughout the year including the International Human Rights Day celebration, MLK Day, International Day of Peace, and more.


United for Human Rights was founded on the Declaration’s 60th anniversary, in the face of continued worldwide abuses which violate the spirit, intent and Articles of this charter of all human rights, the first such document ever ratified by the community of nations. For more information about United for Human Rights, go to www.humanrights.com.

The Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee Spreading Positive Message to Youth

The Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee is preparing for a summer of events, beginning in June for World Environment Day.
 
"True joy and happiness are valuable," begins the common sense guide, The Way to Happiness, written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1980s. Since then, the book has sparked a movement and has been reprinted and passed hand to hand to a wide variety of cultures and peoples.

In Tennessee, The Way to Happiness Association has been on an all-out effort to spread its message even further. The reason? Organizers say where it is distributed crime rates plummet, as proven by statistics.

The Tennessee Association launched its campaign to distribute the booklet in 2009. Since that time, the group has visited local health fairs, festivals and community gatherings. It is currently gearing up for events in June and July, including a Sustainable Living Conference for World Environment Day, Father’s Day festivals and International Friendship Day, where the booklet will be distributed and its messages spread.

"This book spreads a calmness that is unparalleled by anything else. It contains common sense moral messages that anyone can agree with and apply," says Rev. Brian Fesler, the regional coordinator for the program.

The Way to Happiness booklet details 21 precepts predicated on the fact that one's survival depends on the survival of others. According to thewaytohappiness.org, "This code of conduct can be followed by anyone, of any race, color or creed and works to restore the bonds that unite humankind." The Way to Happiness aims at giving people back a sense of what is right and wrong in a way that is easy to understand. In the three decades since it was authored, some 80 million copies of the book passed hand to hand.


For more information, visit thewaytohappiness.org.

Drug-Free Tennessee Spreading Its Message All Summer Long

Drug-Free Tennessee is the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, and is planning a series of events during the summer.

Drug-Free Tennessee (DFT) is committed to ending the drug problem in the state. That is why each year, volunteers organize and participate in a series of events to bring awareness to this issue and combat usage.

In 2018, DFT volunteers are determined to reach more people than ever. In June, the chapter will distribute booklets at Father’s Day festivals, on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and during other community events.  During July and August, even more events will take place with Drug-Free Tennessee spreading its drug-free message.

“If we can delete the demand, we can erase the problem,” says Regional Director of Drug-Free Tennessee, Rev. Brian Fesler. “We need to go to all people, to get everyone this information on the truth about drugs.”


Drug-Free Tennessee is the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, an international nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, California, with a focus on the elimination of drug and alcohol abuse and its resulting criminality. It distributes the Truth About Drugs booklet, which covers all basic side effects of drugs, common street names, and how to recognize when you are being persuaded by a dealer. To learn more or to order booklets, visit drugfreesouth.org.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Drug-Free Tennessee Partnering for Prevention

Drug-Free Tennessee just participated in the Partners in Prevention 2018 Statewide Conference, spreading drug prevention initiatives that other organizations can use.

Drug-Free Tennessee (DFT) is committed to ending the drug problem in the state. That is why volunteers were at the 2018 Statewide Partners in Prevention Conference, meeting others who are working toward similar goals in helping people, and giving out information on the Truth About Drugs for organizations to use.

“We can come together with other people and make a bigger impact,” says Regional Director of Drug-Free Tennessee, Rev. Brian Fesler.

In 2018, DFT volunteers are determined to reach more people than ever. Volunteers recently participated in a Recovery Congregations event put on by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. And for the last two days, they were at the 2018 Partners in Prevention Conference at Lipscomb University.

They distributed the Truth About Drugs booklets and talked with people about how to get this information out to students and young people.

“We need to go to all people, to get everyone this information on the truth about drugs,” says Fesler.


Drug-Free Tennessee is the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, an international nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, California, with a focus on the elimination of drug and alcohol abuse and its resulting criminality. It distributes the Truth About Drugs booklet, which covers all basic side effects of drugs, common street names, and how to recognize when you are being persuaded by a dealer. To learn more or to order booklets, visit drugfreesouth.org.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Drug-Free Tennessee Participates at Event for Recovery Congregations

Drug-Free Tennessee is the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, and just participated in a Recovery Congregations event with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.


Drug-Free Tennessee (DFT) is committed to ending the drug problem in the state. That is why each year, volunteers organize and participate in a series of events to bring awareness to this issue and combat usage. “If we can delete the demand, we can erase the problem,” says Regional Director of Drug-Free Tennessee, Rev. Brian Fesler.

In 2018, DFT volunteers are determined to reach more people than ever. This past week, volunteers participated in a Recovery Congregations event put on by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. They distributed the Truth About Drugs booklets and talked with people about how to get this information out to students and young people.

“We need to go to all people, to get everyone this information on the truth about drugs,” says Fesler, “Drugs don’t discriminate -- they affect everyone, everywhere. It’s time to end this epidemic.”


Drug-Free Tennessee is the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, an international nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles, California, with a focus on the elimination of drug and alcohol abuse and its resulting criminality. It distributes the Truth About Drugs booklet, which covers all basic side effects of drugs, common street names, and how to recognize when you are being persuaded by a dealer. To learn more or to order booklets, visit drugfreesouth.org.

Focusing on Women’s Rights for Mother’s Day

Tennessee United for Human Rights distributed booklets enlightening people on basic human rights during the Atlantic Institute’s event for women’s rights.

Tennessee United for Human Rights (TUHR) has the mission to educate all people on their fundamental human rights.

As such, they made it a point to promote and participate in the Atlantic Institute’s event for women’s rights, taking place just before Mother’s Day.

During the event, speaker Dr. Sophia Pandya of California State University, spoke to the staggering, unknown, real stories of tens of thousands of women–including housewives, journalists, teachers, academics, physicians, health care professionals and businesswomen–who have been detained in Turkey in the aftermath of the attempted staged coup.

TUHR volunteers distributed the What are Human Rights? booklets to those attending.
Tennessee United for Human Rights (TUHR) was formed as a non-profit public benefit corporation in 2015 to provide education and materials to Tennesseans. Since that time, the Tennessee chapter of the international non-profit United for Human Rights has delivered seminars, participated in events and raised awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights across the state. United for Human Rights provides materials that visualize the complete history of human rights, break down of the individual points of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and show how people can protect themselves with this knowledge.  


For more information about United for Human Rights, go to humanrights.com. For more information about the Atlantic Institute, go to theatlanticinstitute.org.