A church anniversary signifies a spiritual renewal or uplifting. This was particularly evident at the Church of Scientology’s 3rd annual celebration in its Fall School Building on 8th Avenue South this April.
An anniversary celebrations calls for a look back on past years, to be able to look toward the future with clarity. Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Nashville, opened the anniversary event: “…we’ve been in Nashville for 27 [years] and three in this historic building - tonight I want you to think about and celebrate our accomplishments in that time, the friends we have made along the way, and all the future holds.”
Rev. Fesler welcomed and acknowledged the many friends present from other churches, agencies, community organizations and the government. He enlightened guests on the church and its programs, saying, “We are all-denominational and respect the right of every individual to choose and support his own church. We welcome anyone of any faith to study in our course rooms, participate in spiritual counseling, or join us in one of our many community programs.”
Guest speakers included Carol Mansour of the Baha’i Community; Daoud Abudiab, President of the Islamic Center of Columbia, Tennessee; Loraine Segovia-Paz, vice chair of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a Nashville Human Relations Commissioner; and Rev. Officer James Duke, Nashville’s Police Chaplain. Each spoke to their experience with the church and its community programs.
Abudiab spoke about the need for understanding amongst people of different religious and cultural backgrounds, and thanked the church for its support of other faith traditions and for reaching out into the religious community to bring people together. Segovia-Paz encouraged church members to continue working to bring human rights education to the community. Duke mentioned the church’s drug education program and how it has been a help to him in his church, St. Paul Primitive Baptist Church.
Church President Corinne Sullivan explained the purpose of the Celebrity Centre and invited all present to use the tools available to create a better world. Finally, church guests were entertained by the inimitable Regi Wooten and his amazing band which included Rock Williams on horns.
To learn more about the Church of Scientology, its programs and courses, visit www.scientology.org or call the Nashville church, 615-687-4600.