The Church of Scientology had much to celebrate this past weekend at its 29th anniversary soiree. From work its members are doing in the fields of education, human rights, criminal reform and drug abuse education, the Nashville Scientologists have been busier than ever.
Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Nashville, opened the anniversary event, “The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said ‘No one is free until we are all free.’ In this church, we consider that concept more than a good idea or clever phrase. Actually we take that concept so seriously it could be considered a technical fact.” He went on to discuss what is truly important to the church in its anniversary, “And that is why tonight we are celebrating the anniversary of our church, not in terms of how old we are, but in terms of ‘How effective can we be?’ and ‘How many more people can we help?’”
Rev. Fesler welcomed and acknowledged the many friends present from other churches, agencies, community organizations and the government, “Welcome everyone, welcome to your spiritual home away from home.” Guest speakers discussed their experience with the church and its community programs on education, human rights and interfaith work.
Entertainment for the evening ranged from a string quartet to the 12 South Band getting everyone out of their seats and dancing, then to a performance by the Southern Academy of Irish Dance, then finally rounding off the evening with George Hawkins Jr. accompanying the Church’s own band in a series of songs that received standing ovation after standing ovation.
To learn more about the Church of Scientology, its programs and courses, visit www.scientology.org or call the Nashville church, 615-687-4600.