Pastor of the Nashville Church, Rev. Brian Fesler, says, “Our church captures the spirit of the holidays. We bring people together to celebrate and plan the year ahead, and everyone is welcome here throughout the season.”

The Nashville church hosts an annual potluck for Thanksgiving and Christmas, something which had to be skipped in 2020 but church members are anxious to celebrate in person again this year. There are also other community events including holiday shows and festivities, the annual Human Rights Day celebration which will be virtual again this year, open houses, holiday galas and other community get-togethers.

Additionally, church members were excited to find a nearly 20-foot Christmas tree placed in the center of the atrium, dressed in holiday style. “It smells like holiday cheer,” said one church member upon seeing the tree.

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard honored the great religious leaders of the past for the wisdom they brought to the world, writing that Scientology shares “the goals set for Man by Christ, which are wisdom, good health and immortality.” It is in this spirit that Scientologists celebrate the holiday season, whether they observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other religious or cultural tradition.

This past decade has seen explosive expansion for the religion, with over 70 new Churches of Scientology in global cities—from Orlando to Perth, Dublin to Detroit and Kansas City to Johannesburg. More Church openings are planned in the next 12 months for cities across North America, Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom. This decade further saw the inauguration of the Church’s global communications headquarters, Scientology Media Productions. The studio subsequently launched its own television channel, broadcasting in 17 languages across 24 time zones: Scientology Network—available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and streaming online at

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