The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Nashville recently welcomed one of its newest arrivals with a Scientology Christening ceremony this month.
Annalise Bella Brinker, affectionately known as “Anna” to her family, was born to Jesse and Julie Brinker in August of 2013. Both Jesse and Julie are religious volunteers at the Nashville Church of Scientology, where Jesse oversees personnel and Julie is the community relations director.
According to scientology.org, “The Scientology religion includes a ceremony to celebrate new parenthood and introduce a newborn to the world. The Scientology naming ceremony has a further importance for members of the religion. Scientologists recognize the immortality of the spiritual being as a fundamental belief and it follows that in starting a new life, a being can experience disorientation. It is therefore important to orient newborns to a new family and surroundings and bring them into communication with their family.”
In the Scientology naming ceremony, a child formally receives his or her new identity, is introduced to their parents and godparents and resoundingly welcomed to the congregation.
The naming ceremony also reminds parents and godparents of their responsibilities, not the least of which is to impart their own hard-won experience and to provide guidance, while allowing for the child to choose her own path in life.
The founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, wrote: “A good, stable adult with love and tolerance in his heart is about the best therapy a child can have.”
The Brinkers will remain in Davidson county, and plan to continue answering their call to improve the world in which all denominations live.
For more information on Scientology practices, visit www.scientology.org.