The Nashville Church of Scientology routinely hosts special briefings and workshops to provide the community with helpful information. Just around the corner is World Civil Defense Day on March 1st. This day was created by a decision of the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO) General Assembly in 1990, and is celebrated every year on the 1st of March.
According to ICDO, “This Day… has two main purposes: that of bringing to the attention of the world public the vital importance of Civil Protection and of raising awareness of the preparedness for, and prevention and self-protection measures in the event of accidents or disasters; and that of paying tribute to the efforts, sacrifices and accomplishments of all the national services responsible for the fight against disasters.”
So in Nashville, the Church of Scientology will hold a workshop on that day with experts on emergency management, volunteerism and self-care in times of disaster. Several disaster response organizations will be present to share information about what they do as well.
Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church of Scientology, explained how the Church of Scientology becomes involved during times of disaster. “We have the Church of Scientology Disaster Response team, made up primarily of persons trained as Scientology 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,” he said.
In creating the Volunteer Ministers program, Scientology Founder 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.”
The “Survival Training” workshop takes place on March 1st at the Church of Scientology. To find out more, call 615-687-4600 and ask for Julie Brinker.