Tennessee, USA, August 4, 2022, ZEXPRWIRE, The Church of Scientology of Nashville held its seventh annual open house this past weekend, with attendance from the diverse population that makes up the growing city.
The International Day of Friendship was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2011 with the belief that “friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities”.
“We love bringing together a diverse group of people and demonstrating the power of friendship,” says Reverend Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church of Scientology. “Most of life’s problems stem from our fundamental misunderstanding of each other – a misunderstanding of intentions – getting along with each other starts with getting to know each other.”
The Church of Scientology is partnering in this effort with The Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee, which offers a community improvement program based on the book The way to happiness by L. Ron Hubbard. The initiative is based on the fact that the survival of an individual depends on the survival of others and that without the survival of others, neither joy nor happiness is attainable. Several precepts in the book encourage dialogue and friendship, including “Respect the religious beliefs of others”, “Be trustworthy” and “Try to treat others as you would like them to treat you”.
This year, the theme for International Friendship Day was “Sharing the Human Spirit through Friendship,” and the Nashville event embodied that with dialogue between those of many different faith traditions, Baptists and Catholics to Scientologists, Jews and Latter Day Saints.
“People need to come together and be friends,” says Reverend Enoch Fuzz, pastor of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church. Fuzz and Fesler have worked together on this annual event for over eight years.
For more information about the Church of Scientology, its programs, or upcoming events, visit scientology-ccnashville.org.