International Day of Friendship was created to inspire peace and bridge building. At the end of July, the Church of Scientology will bring together a diverse crowd to dialogue for the occasion.
Terror attacks in London, Iran, Manchester – this is not the news people need to hear on a daily basis. Yet, this is the case in the world today.
To combat events like these, the Nashville Church of Scientology is working with other churches and community organizations to plan an event with dialogue and activity aimed at raising awareness and friendship among even the most diverse peoples.
The occasion is the International Day of Friendship, an observance 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 un.org.
The 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.
The Church of Scientology will hold its third annual dialogue for the day at the end of July, and will help people participate and learn about those with whom they might not otherwise associate.
Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church of Scientology says, “This event is needed. There are too many problems arising from basic misunderstanding that could be cleared up with honest and open communication.”
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 scientology-ccnashville.org.