PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a tradition in many cultures to have a ceremony whereby new additions to the family, and to the community, get introduced to their group members and welcomed into the fold. Scientologists are no different in this regard, and such was the case for Savannah's naming ceremony at the local Church of Scientology in Portland, Oregon.
The naming & recognition services for the Scientology religion are covered in the book, The Background, Ministry, Ceremonies and Sermons of the Scientology Religion. The full Recognition & Naming Service is a beautiful ceremony that delineates the jobs of the parents and the god-parents, both for the benefit of themselves and for the baby.
This particular quote from the service itself sums up best the intention behind the ceremony always shared with friends:
"Yet always remember this: Young Savannah's life is HERS and, in the final account, it is for her to make the choice what path she choose, what game she play. And should she in later time decide, to turn away from that which seems to us to be the only game worthwhile, then that too is her right.
"Our job is to teach and to ensure that she in time to come reaches that freedom that she can deliver herself the good and rightful judgment of her fate.
"We help, we teach, and by our skills we introduce into our fellow being the capacity to understand. AND THAT IS ALL.
"Let no one say, 'You must do thus and thus, we have so decided.'"
And so it was that the young Savannah was welcomed to a loving Scientology family in Portland!
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SOURCE Church of Scientology