Nashville, TN, September 15, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- The Nashville Church of Scientology held a breakfast gathering on 9/11 Remembrance Day with the theme Respond-Recover-Renew. As the Church of Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team was born out of the World Trade Center disaster in New York City, the Nashville church followed its Remembrance Day breakfast with a day of community service and volunteering.
According to nationalservice.gov, 9/11 Remembrance Day has become a time to reach out and help others.
On September 11, 2001, within hours of the disaster, New York Volunteer Ministers were on site, providing immediate support to emergency personnel and helping to bring order to the chaos. They continued to arrive from all over the United States and other countries, until 800 had taken their places on the scene, working 24/7 for many weeks alongside New York emergency rescue teams.
Volunteer Ministers provided physical help in the form of food, water, clothing, gear and other necessities. They gave Scientology Assists—actions undertaken to help a person confront physical difficulties—to exhausted police and firefighters overcome with stress, fatigue and shock. They further provided spiritual assistance to those suffering from the loss of friends, family and coworkers.
When it was over, Volunteer Ministers were awarded the New York Fire Department’s Medal of Valor and received acknowledgment from officials and civic leaders.
“We pay our respect to those who lost their lives by dedicating ours to service,” says Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Nashville Church of Scientology.
During the breakfast, one Volunteer Minister spoke about her experiences in disaster recovery, and a community guest emphasized the importance of working for peace, not war.
Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard once described the Volunteer Minister as “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” Anyone of any culture or creed may train as a Volunteer Minister and use these tools to help their families and communities. Transcending all ethnic, cultural and religious boundaries, the Volunteer Ministers program is there for anyone in need of help. Volunteer Minister training is available free of charge through the Scientology Volunteer Minister website to anyone who wishes to help others, at www.volunteerministers.org.