KOPANICA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA •
In June 2014, Scientology Volunteer Ministers Balkans Disaster Response Team in the Bosnia and Herzegovina village of Kopanica help a man salvage his farm after May’s devastating floods.
The damage caused by the May 2014 floods has been estimated at €1.3 billion in Bosnia and Herzegovina—more than the entire cost to that country by the 1990’s war. But to someone like Vlado, a man from the village of Kopanica, those figures were irrelevant—he was at risk of losing everything.
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA •
More than 4,000 Scientologists gathered in downtown Clearwater, Florida, on Sunday, June 29, to mark the dedication of the landmark Coachman Building. The historic structure now stands transformed as the religious training and counseling center for more than 2,000 members comprising the ecclesiastical ministry of the Flag Land Base, the international spiritual headquarters of Scientology.
CARIBBEAN ISLANDS •
On the evening of Saturday June 14, fireworks fell above St. Kitts Bay as the Scientology Motor Vessel Freewinds launched on her Silver Anniversary Cruise. In celebration of her 25 years at sea, a weeklong convocation convened aboard the religious retreat, attended by more than 200 advanced Scientologists from Churches around the world.
VANCOUVER, CANADA •
Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Vancouver man water stations at the 2014 BMO Bank of Montreal Vancouver International Marathon
Despite the downpour that marked this year’s Vancouver International Marathon, the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology of Vancouver provided volunteer manpower to help make the event a success.
More than 16,000 runners turned out this year for the 43rd running of the race, which has been recognized by Forbes as one of the top 10 marathons of the world.
LOS ANGELES, CA •
Meet Carol and Mark Loweree—Scientologists committed to helping youth avoid the tragedy of drug-abuse.
Through their drug education and prevention work, Scientologists Mark and Carol Loweree of Sun Valley, California, are making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of youth in the San Fernando Valley—youth who might otherwise fall prey to drug abuse.
Several years ago Mark and Carol were approached by a police captain who was looking for a way to combat the serious problem of drug abuse among children and teens.
Churches of Scientology for Europe celebrate freedom of expression by hosting an exhibit of paintings, sculpture and other creative visual arts throughout April 2014 in honor of the 2nd annual World Art Day.
Works of art graced the hallways and staircases of the Brussels branch of the Churches of Scientology for Europe at Boulevard de Waterloo 100-103 this April, in a month-long tribute to creativity.
MODENA, ITALY •
The Church of Scientology Mission of Modena organized and produced a United for Africa Concert at the Teatro Michelangelo in Modena, Italy, May 9 to raise funds for construction of new schools in Ghana.
The Church of Scientology Mission of Modena and the Association for Human Rights and Tolerance held a United for Africa benefit concert May 9 at Teatro Michelangelo to raise funds to build schools for African children who would otherwise be denied the right to education.
NEW YORK •
A miracle story continues—Scientology Volunteer Minister Ayal Lindeman proudly looked on as Ralph Mary Gedeon graduated community college May 18, 2014.
It’s a miracle that Ralph Mary Gedeon was able to walk onto the stage at Rockland Community College May 18 to accept his diploma—a miracle that began four years ago in the rubble of Port-au-Prince.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff, California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, and L.A. City Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell and Tom LaBonge lent their support to Damian Kevitt and hundreds of L.A. bicyclists who rode from the Church of Scientology Los Angeles to Autry Museum in Griffith Park April 27 to take a stand against the hit-and-run crime epidemic in Los Angeles.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA •
On the evening of May 3, more than 2,500 Scientologists from across Australia filled Castlereagh Street to inaugurate the Harbor City’s new Church of Scientology Ideal Organization (Ideal Org).
In honor of the historic occasion, the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion and Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center, Mr. David Miscavige, traveled to Sydney to lead the dedication ceremonies.
The Church’s home, a heritage site originally constructed in 1908, overlooks Hyde Park and stands amid several of the city’s most treasured landmarks—including Town Hall, the Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Tower. The Church meticulously restored the building’s historic features, most notably the brick pilasters and bronze-glazed glass curtain that distinguish its Castlereagh façade.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
Scientology Volunteer Ministers join the people of Japan in honoring those lost in the 2011 Tōhoku tsunami.
Scientology Volunteer Ministers from around the world join the people of Japan in March to remember the 2011 tsunami and the nearly 19,000 dead or still missing from the most devastating natural disaster in that country’s history.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council announced in March that Bridge Publications has once again earned the coveted Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award.
For the sixth consecutive year, Bridge Publications, publisher of the religious works of author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, has earned the prestigious Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
Volunteers from across Los Angeles County met today at the Los Angeles headquarters of the Church of Scientology for a disaster response event in honor of National Volunteer Week. They were briefed by leaders in the Los Angeles disaster response community on disaster preparedness.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA •
Moscow Scientologists mark a milestone—two decades of service to the Scientology community in the Russian Federation
Religious and civic leaders and representatives of numerous humanitarian organizations gathered at the Church of Scientology of Moscow to help parishioners and staff celebrate their 20th anniversary.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE •
Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre Nashville hosts exhibit of artist Lucille Femine, proceeds to help fund Church-supported humanitarian programs.
Throughout the month of March, the Church of Scientology & Celebrity Center Nashville, located at 1130 8th Avenue South, hosted an exhibit of the paintings of artist Lucille Femine.
BELLEAIR, FLORIDA •
Scientologists Fu Mei and Jim Mathers created the Day of Happiness website and are spreading the word internationally that “it is in your power to point the way to a less dangerous and happier life” through The Way to Happiness, a nonreligious commonsense moral code written by author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.
2013 was a year of outstanding achievements for the international dissemination branch of the Scientology religion and the publishers of the religious works of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Golden Era Productions, the international dissemination branch of the Scientology religion, and Bridge Publications Inc., publishers of the religious works of L. Ron Hubbard, earned 241 technical and artistic achievement awards for the quality of their printed and audiovisual work.
SI RACHA, THAILAND •
Scientology Volunteer Ministers group of Si Racha, Thailand, celebrates its fourth anniversary with renewed commitment to help the community.
On the Thailand coast, 60 miles south of Bangkok, a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers from the town of Si Racha are celebrating their fourth anniversary as an organized group. Over the past four years, they have gained a reputation as people you can turn to for help, no matter the circumstances.
PLETTENBERG BAY, SOUTH AFRICA •
A team of volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, are working with local officials to raise the quality of life in their community.
To make the West Cape town of Plettenberg Bay safer for all who live and work there, volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay (Plett) South African Police Service (SAPS) officers joined forces February 16 to distribute copies of The Way to Happiness.
SOCHI, RUSSIA •
Volunteers from Scientology Churches in Moscow and St. Petersburg promote healthy, drug-free living at Sochi Winter Games.
With thousands of visitors in Sochi from around the world, volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Moscow and the Church of Scientology of St. Petersburg were there, encouraging one and all to embrace a healthy, drug-free lifestyle and to join in the grassroots initiative to create a world free of drug abuse and addiction.