Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nashville Church of Scientology Announces Panel Discussion for Peace Day

The Nashville Church of Scientology supports initiatives to make human rights a reality for all. On September 21st, the church will host a panel discussion to this goal.

International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by resolution 36/37, the United Nations General Assembly declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. So it is that the Nashville Church of Scientology will hold a panel discussion aimed at raising awareness of and increased work toward these goals on this day.

The event is titled “Exposing the Hidden World of Human Trafficking,” and will bring together organizations that work day in and day out on eradicating the problem. Clemmie Greenlee, Founder of the Nashville Peacemakers, and Allasone Lita G., CEO and Founder of All Is One, will be featured speakers and panelists, with additional panelists to be announced.

The Church of Scientology is hosting the discussion because of its dedication to making human rights a reality. Throughout the church’s creed, it is clear the level of dedication founder L. Ron Hubbard had to basic human rights. In fact, the creed begins: “We of the Church believe that all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights.”

The Church works with Youth for Human Rights to bring human rights education to young people. Youth for Human Rights has a vast program designed to raise awareness and respect for human rights by educating the population and simultaneously persuading governments to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Youth for Human Rights program includes booklets on What Are Human Rights? and the Story of Human Rights, the Story of Human Rights short film and the 30 public service announcements which illustrate each of the points to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Further, the complete education package contains all of these things plus a complete curriculum that educators can use in classrooms. All materials are available to educators through, where they will also find an interactive learning center.

The Church of Scientology welcomes individuals and groups to its Open House and panel discussion on International Day of Peace, Sept 21st at 1130 8th Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nashville Church of Scientology Hosts Friendship Day Dialogue

International Day of Friendship was created to inspire peace and bridge building. On July 30th, the Church of Scientology will host a diverse crowd to dialogue for the occasion.  

As evidenced by recent shootings in Chattanooga, Memphis and Nashville, change is needed in Tennessee. In light of this, several groups and organizations are coming together to participate in a dialogue to shed light on stereotypes that have been built up around specific types of people with the end goal of shifting them to a more positive representation.

This dialogue will be hosted by the Church of Scientology and facilitated by a minister of another faith on a day when friendship is celebrated across the world. Those participating in the discussion range from police officers to gang members, Muslims to Jews, businessmen to non-profit organizers, and a vast array of political affiliations.

“We are following Dr. Martin Luther King’s message about driving out hate with love,” says Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Nashville Church of Scientology. He is referencing the quote by Dr. King, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

International Day of Friendship is an observance that was dignified in 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly with the idea that “friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities,” according to

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, “On this International Day of Friendship, let us cultivate warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and promote the well-being of the human family.”

The event in Nashville will take place in late July. It’s being called “A Journey to Friendship Through Dialogue,” and is formatted to help break down barriers and have people open up to each other.

The Church of Scientology is involved in this effort through its community betterment program, The Way to Happiness. Based on the book of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard, the program is predicated on the fact that one’s survival depends on the survival of others—and that without the survival of others, neither joy nor happiness are attainable. Several concepts in the book promote dialogue and friendship. Among them, “Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others,” “Be Worthy of Trust,” and “Try to Treat Others As You Would Want them to Treat You.”

For more information on the Church of Scientology, its programs or upcoming events, visit

Nashville Church of Scientology Hosts Seminar to Help Humanitarians

The Nashville Church of Scientology is holding a seminar around organizational skill to help humanitarians in their drive to help others.

The Nashville Church of Scientology is recognizing the United Nations World Humanitarian Day by hosting a seminar with successful organizational leader, Paul Silovsky. Silovsky is an international consultant for physical therapy and other healthcare small businesses and a faculty member of Hands-On Seminars and Survival Strategies International. With his understanding of organizational prosperity, he wants to help those who work every day to help their fellow man: humanitarians.

According to, the day was created to “commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.”

The Church of Scientology is working to help humanitarians across the world through its core program, the Volunteer Ministers. Anyone of any culture or creed may train as a Volunteer Minister and use these tools to help their families and communities, and all are welcome to do so. Equipped with effective technology to resolve virtually any difficulty, Volunteer Ministers live by the motto: “No matter the problem, something can be done about it.”

In creating the Volunteer Ministers program, L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a Volunteer Minister and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance.”

Anyone trying to help others is welcome to attend this important seminar in the Church of Scientology’s community hall on August 19th. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit or call the church at 615-687-4600. Volunteer Minister training is available free of charge through the Scientology Volunteer Ministers website to anyone who wishes to help others.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nashville Religion Communicators Council Supports Friendship Day

The Nashville Chapter of Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is one of the groups behind the upcoming event designed to break down stereotypes and increase friendly dialogue among disparate peoples. The event takes place on International Friendship Day, an observance recognized by the United Nations is 2011. The day was created with the idea that “friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities,” according to

The UN resolution emphasizes that young people, as future leaders, can be brought together in activities with different cultures. This promotes international understanding and respect for diversity.  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is quoted as saying, “On this International Day of Friendship, let us cultivate warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and promote the well-being of the human family.”

The event, which will be hosted by the Church of Scientology, is a “Journey to Friendship Through Dialogue,” and will help create dialogue amongst those with whom participants might not otherwise associate.

Hosting pastor Rev. Brian Fesler says, “This event is needed. There are too many problems arising from basic misunderstanding that could be cleared up or prevented if we all took the time for honest and open communication.”

RCC holds regular meetings for its membership and participates in events that forward its mission. For more information on RCC, visit

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Drug-Free South Announces Upcoming Participation in National Night Out

In the last month, there have been four hundred drug and alcohol violations and crimes reported by the Nashville police department. In response, the Drug-Free South is ramping up its efforts to promote healthy living and a drug-free way of life. The group will participate in the upcoming events happening on August 4th in neighborhoods across the city for National Night Out Against Crime.

The idea behind this “night out” is to stop crime before it starts. National Night Out is designed to heighten awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back, according to

This year will mark the 31st annual event held to combat drug use and prevent crime.  This is the 6th year that Drug-Free South will participate in the Nashville festivities. Neighborhoods frequently celebrate with a mix of food, dancing, information booths and crime forums to help promote safer living.  

For more information on National Night Out, visit  For more information on Drug-Free South or to order materials, visit