Nashville Religious Communicators Council Discuss Ethics, Justice and Morals

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Nashville, TN, September 30, 2011 --( At the September meeting of the Nashville Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC), members discussed ethics, justice and morals and how these apply to communicating about religion. The RCC publishes its own Code of Ethics, which fosters religious tolerance by providing a guideline for communicating about one’s own religion as well as the religion of others.

Rev. Brian Fesler, Pastor of the Nashville Church of Scientology and Nashville RCC President, began the meeting by reading the definitions of ethics, justice and morals from the book Introduction to Scientology Ethics by L. Ron Hubbard. Fesler said, “This gives someone a basic understanding of the subject. Hubbard made it possible to use Scientology texts in a secular setting quite often, and ethics is a subject important to anyone of faith.”

Royya James, member of the RCC National Board of Governors, discussed the RCC Code of Ethics, and had members recite the code in pledge to follow it. The first three points read:

1. Promote mutual understanding and respect among faith groups, the public and the media.

2. Be consciously considerate when creating or disseminating communications that might engender religious animosity or divisiveness or that would denigrate another faith group.

3. Be faithful to those I represent while honoring my obligation to serve the public interest.

The Nashville RCC welcomes members of any faith who engage in communications, public relations, media and related activity on behalf of their religion, as well as student or professional journalists and writers who cover faith and values issues. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month, and more information can be found at

The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Scientology, Jewish and Muslim faith communities. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.

Religion Communicators Council
Julie Brinker