The Nashville Chapter of Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is one of the groups behind the upcoming event designed to break down stereotypes and increase friendly dialogue among disparate peoples. The event takes place on International Friendship Day, an observance recognized by the United Nations is 2011. The day was created with the idea that “friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities,” according to un.org.
The UN resolution emphasizes that young people, as future leaders, can be brought together in activities with different cultures. This promotes international understanding and respect for diversity. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is quoted as saying, “On this International Day of Friendship, let us cultivate warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and promote the well-being of the human family.”
The event, which will be hosted by the Church of Scientology, is a “Journey to Friendship Through Dialogue,” and will help create dialogue amongst those with whom participants might not otherwise associate.
Hosting pastor Rev. Brian Fesler says, “This event is needed. There are too many problems arising from basic misunderstanding that could be cleared up or prevented if we all took the time for honest and open communication.”
RCC holds regular meetings for its membership and participates in events that forward its mission. For more information on RCC, visit www.religioncommunicators.org.