The New Church of Scientology in the Big Apple
| New York • SEPTEMBER 26, 2004 |
The Church of Scientology in New York City, located just off Times Square, was a gift from the International Association of Scientologists to the people of New York in recognition of their courage and spirit in the face of the 2001 World Trade Center disaster.
Mr. David Miscavige dedicated the building. He was joined by United States Congressman Charles Rangel, United Nations Undersecretary Maurice Strong, and Vice President of the Times Square Alliance, Mr. Bob Esposito.
In his address to the 10,000 Scientologists and guests assembled for the grand opening, Mr. Miscavige underscored the meaning of the new Church:
“This Church represents the work and help all of us must continue to bring, in achieving the full measure of our aims. For here is the Ideal Organization from which to bring all of our programs, all of our tech, literally everywhere.
“So yes, this is just the start. And that is why I say today is when the real work begins.
“For this is more than just a home for you, the Scientologists of New York.
"It is also a home for the broader community where all men and women of goodwill are welcome, and who we dedicate ourselves to helping each and every one.
“And by demonstrating, in action, the conviction of our beliefs, the future knows no bounds. For this is New York, and to help her is to help the world.
“So if evil, pain, bewilderment and injustice are fundamental facts of today's existence, let's all of us demonstrate with stronger conviction that something can be done about it.
“Because we believe in Man. We know there is hope. And because we can help, working together, we will make a difference.”