Thursday, January 14, 2016

Nashville Religion Communicators Council Talks Faith and Tradition

The longest running interfaith communications organization in the United States, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC), has chapters across the country that meet regularly and promote “excellence in the communication of religious faith and values in the public arena and encourage understanding among religious and faith groups,” according to the RCC website.

In Nashville, the RCC Chapter just met, discussing deep topics around politics, faith and more. The group met in the Church of Scientology where Rev. Brian Fesler welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year which continues the series: Building Bridges Over Bagels.

The hot news of the day had the group looking at an issue where a denomination that earlier supported the right to choice is now seeking an end to legal abortion. Members had to answer the question: how can it be that a denomination can turn 180 degrees on such a basic issue?

While myriad intriguing discussions followed, the group still came to mutual understanding and respect of one another as well as each other’s faith traditions. This style of meetings is intended to maintain the organization’s historic integrity while adjusting to 21st century ideals. They found ways that as people of faith, and especially religious communicators, they can improve conditions for others.

According to Fesler who is also President of the Nashville RCC Chapter, the chapter meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every other month during breakfast. “The concept for these meetings is to bring diverse people together to dialogue about hot topics and how we can unite to bring more inspiration and good news to the world,” he said.

The RCC has members from every faith group and walk of life including Baha’is, Christians, Jews, Muslims, Scientologists, Sikhs, Hindus and more. For more information about the RCC or their next meeting, visit

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