Church of Scientology Nashville Showcases Drug Prevention and Awareness in 2022

 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a time to spread awareness, and the Church of Scientology Nashville has rededicated itself to handling “the other pandemic” — drug abuse and addiction.

Drug overdose deaths in Nashville doubled from 2018 to 2020 and the numbers continue to climb, well on their way to tripling during 2022, according to Metro Nashville Police. The cause: counterfeit pain and anxiety medications laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl has been detected in approximately 78% of all overdose-related deaths in 2022. It can be found in many forms, added to substances like cocaine and counterfeit drugs.

The motto of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is #CareinCrisis, highlighting the urgency of dealing with this “other pandemic.”

During International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Church of Scientology Nashville held a drug education open house with community leaders coming to brief those attending on the crisis as it affects the community and coordinate effective action to tackle the problem.

A global problem, drug abuse demands a global solution. And the Church of Scientology and its members are dedicated to reversing drug abuse, addiction and overdose casualties by addressing this crisis through education.

The Church of Scientology and Scientologists sponsor the Truth About Drugs program, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental drug education and prevention initiatives.

Because young people presented with the unvarnished facts about what drugs can do are far more likely to reject them on their own, Truth About Drugs is in high demand as an educational tool in schools, law enforcement units and community-based settings.

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Church of Scientology and The Way to Happiness Association Clean Community for World Environment Day 2022

 ​​​According to the Nashville Area Metro Planning Organization, “transportation, and policies that guide the expansion of transportation infrastructure, are increasingly linked to a variety of environmental issues.” It’s no doubt that Nashville has been experiencing unprecedented growth, but what is happening to the natural environment as this growth occurs?

This is the subject of the World Environment Day event at the Church of Scientology, organized in partnership with the Way to Happiness Association of Tennessee.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations to encourage worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

The Way to Happiness Association, which sponsored the event, was created to promote the book The Way to Happiness, written by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The book’s 21 precepts are based on the principle that one’s survival depends on the survival of others. “Your own survival can be threatened by the bad actions of others around you,” he wrote. “You are important to other people. You are listened to. You can influence others.”

One way in which one’s own actions and influence can make a significant impact is closely related to the purpose of World Environment Day. In the precept “Safeguard and Improve the Environment,” Mr. Hubbard wrote: “The idea that one has a share in the planet and that one can and should help care for it may seem very large and, to some, quite beyond reality. But today what happens on the other side of the world, even so far away, can effect what happens in your own home…. There are many things one can do to help take care of the planet. They begin with the idea that one should. They progress with suggesting to others they should. Man has gotten up to the potential of destroying the planet. He must be pushed on up to the capability and actions of saving it. It is, after all, what we’re standing on.”

The Way to Happiness book on film section on Safeguard and Improve Your Environment was played for all volunteers before they were geared up with safety vests, grabbers and garbage bags and they headed down Chestnut Avenue toward Fort Negley to clean up the sides of the road.

World Environment Day was set aside by the UN as “the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.” This year the theme was #OnlyOneEarth and tens of thousands organized their own activities, including the planting of millions of trees, cleaning trash and taking actions.

The Way to Happiness was written in 1981. Immensely popular since its first publication, some 115 million copies have been distributed in 115 languages in 186 nations. It holds the Guinness World Record as the single most-translated nonreligious book and fills the moral vacuum in an increasingly materialistic society. The Church of Scientology and its members are proud to share the tools for happier living contained in The Way to Happiness.

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Church of Scientology Nashville Honors Volunteers for World Civil Defense Day 2022

 The Church of Scientology Nashville regularly hosts events to bring attention to vitally important issues affecting the community. World Civil Defense Day, which was created by 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.”

Julie Brinker, who oversees community affairs for the Nashville Church of Scientology, explained how it becomes involved during times of disaster. “We have a program called 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,” she said. Brinker said volunteerministers.org contains resources one would need to become trained in this technology.

Most recently, the Volunteer Ministers traveled to Kentucky to help disaster victims after tornadoes ripped through the area in December 2021. One Volunteer Minister who is regularly active spoke about her experiences and encouraged others to get active during the World Civil Defense Day event at the church.

Equipped with effective technology to resolve virtually any difficulty, Volunteer Ministers live by the motto: “No matter the problem, something can be done about it.” Transcending all ethnic, cultural and religious boundaries, the Volunteer Ministers program is there for anyone in need of help.

In creating the Volunteer Ministers program, 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.”

To learn more about the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, visit scientology-ccnashville.org.

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Scientology Nashville Bringing Holiday Cheer to Victims of Kentucky Tornadoes

 Volunteer Ministers (VMs) from the Scientology Churches in Nashville, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Twin Cities, Minnesota are on the ground helping victims of the recent tornadoes that swept through Kentucky. This weekend, they are putting together a series of Christmas events to uplift residents and spread holiday cheer.

The VMs have been helping distribute meals and supplies to tornado victims every day since the disaster struck, now totaling more than 16,000 meals and thousands of supplies.

In preparation of the Christmas holiday this coming weekend, Volunteer Ministers have collected toys to give to children who would otherwise go without presents this year. They are also planning to distribute hot meals Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and have an interfaith service on Sunday with diverse religious leaders invited to speak and pray for the community.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. A Volunteer Minister’s mandate is to be “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” Their creed: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

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Scientology Information Center Shares Inspiration and Stories of Hope for the Clearwater Community

 “These days, when you turn on main stream media or the nightly news, chances are you are going to hear about a break in, a car accident or a murder,” said Amber Skjelset, Manager of the Scientology Information Center. “It can be depressing or put one in fear. Rarely does one ever hear ‘good news.’”

In contrast, combatting negativity and the chaos in the world, the Scientology Information Center, located in the heart of downtown Clearwater, is filling that void by sharing positive stories and programs from the Scientology Network, DirecTV Channel 320 or Scientology.tv every Sunday at 3:30pm since July this year.

The Scientology Network, launched in March 2018, gives an unprecedented look at the Churches of Scientology around the world, Scientologists and the impact of the world’s youngest major religion. Its all-original series include:

L. Ron Hubbard in His Own Voice, Inside Scientology, Destination: Scientology, Meet a Scientologist, Voices for Humanity and more.

“Programs such as Meet a Scientologist celebrate examples of people who come from different corners of the world, have different backgrounds and interests – but they are all Scientologists. These people share their stories of “staying the course” despite the ups and downs and how Scientology contributed to their success.

The most recent presentation was held on October 17th highlighting the episode of Mr. Jim Johnson, owner of Mr. Jim’s Pizza, from the series Meet a Scientologist. One guest, Lawrence, had this to say after watching it, “I like the fact that Mr. Jim never gave up. He failed in some areas but he stayed the course. These programs helped me understand better the concept of ‘staying the course.’”

For more information on in-person showings of the Scientology Network at the Scientology Information Center, please contact Amber Skjelset, Center Manager at 727-467-6966 or email centermanager@cos.flag.org.

To take a self-guided tour of the Information Center anyone can stop by: Saturday 2pm-7pm and Sunday – Friday 10:30am-1pm and 2pm-7pm. No appointment is necessary.

The Scientology Information Center is located at 500 Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater.

For more information on Scientology, visit www.scientology.org or the Scientology Network on DirecTV channel 320, or streaming at www.scientology.tv or apps at AppleTV, FireTV and ROKU.

The Scientology Information Center:

The Scientology Information Center, located in the century-old Clearwater Building in downtown Clearwater, opened on July 11, 2015, and currently houses a gallery of audiovisual displays with some 400 videos. The Center is open to all and provides a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, Churches around the world, ongoing social programs and the life of L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder. The Center offers tours to the broad public; and opens up the use of its conference room to social, civic and non-profit groups.

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