NEW YORK, NY •
In the 12 years since 9/11, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response has grown to one of the world’s largest and most effective independent relief organizations.
MEXICO, MEXICO CITY •
The atmosphere was festive and the music was full of life this summer at the human rights concert cosponsored by Mexico City and the Mexico City Human Rights Commission last week.
The festival was part of a series of programs to uplift the poverty and crime-ridden Mexico City district of Alvaro Obregon.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA •
Athletes acknowledged for a stellar summer of drug prevention activities
The athletes who participated in the 5th annual Marathon for a Drug-Free Russia were honored August 20 at the Church of Scientology of Moscow.
MADRID, SPAIN •
Scientology Madrid hosted a five-day Congress on Civil Rights and International Law including a human rights seminar to attendees.
Leaders of Spain’s black community organized and held a five-day congress on civil rights and international law August 1-5 at the National Church of Scientology of Spain.
BERLIN, GERMAN •
Volunteers from German Scientology Churches are making this a summer for drug-free living.
German Scientologists, dedicated to eradicating drug abuse through education, are bringing the truth about drugs to their communities.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA •
Joining the international movement to serve the community on Mandela Day, Cape Town Scientologists reached out to youth in their city with the truth about drugs.
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Cape Town honored Nelson Mandela on Mandela Day July 18, by distributing copies of The Truth About Drugs booklets throughout the city.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK •
Friendship Day, July 30, 2013, at the Church of Scientology New York.
Human Rights was the theme July 30 when the Church of Scientology New York hosted a United Nations Friendship Day celebration for Scientology parishioners and community leaders.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
On Sunday, August 25, more than a thousand Scientologists and guests gathered for the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology Mission of Los Feliz. The dedication ceremony marked the completion of its newly constructed premises in the heart of Los Feliz Village.
With a growing congregation, the Mission outgrew its former building and began the search for a new home. They found an ideal location at the corner of Hillhurst Avenue and Avocado Street, where they built their new 8,000-square-foot Mission from the ground up. Its Spanish Colonial Revival design is in keeping with the prevalent architectural style in Los Feliz and neighboring Hollywood Hills. The building represents a fourfold expansion and now stands ready to accommodate the Mission’s parishioners and introduce those new to Dianetics and Scientology.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA •
On Saturday, August 24, the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International hosted its 44th Anniversary Gala in Hollywood. The black-tie event was attended by more than 1,000 guests including such prominent members of the Church as John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Anne Archer, Jenna Elfman, Nancy Cartwright, Michael Pena, Erika Christensen, Emily Armstrong, Cedric Bixler and Laura Prepon. The annual affair culminated in an ensemble musical concert featuring Grammy-winning jazz legend Chick Corea.
ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA •
Helping San Gabriel Scouts fulfill their duties at this summer’s San Gabriel Valley Council Boy Scout Expo
When the Boy Scout movement began in America in 1910, youth faced a very different set of challenges. Today, drug abuse pervades every community and all levels of society.
WASHINGTON, D.C. •
Church of Scientology National Affairs Office promotes drug-free living in Washington, D.C., on National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”
Volunteers from the Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C., and staff of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office joined in the celebration August 6 of the 30th annual National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime.”
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
Drug counselors, gang interventionists and other community activists learned The Truth About Drugs curriculum at a workshop at the Church of Scientology Los Angeles.
The Church of Scientology Los Angeles hosted a drug education workshop July 20 to train drug counselors, gang interventionists, drug rehabilitation specialists and other community activists on the Truth About Drugs curriculum.
HAMBURG, GERMANY •
The Church of Scientology Hamburg hosted a United Nations International Friendship Day celebration and concert July 28 to promote the ideals the day represents.
In 2011, the UN proclaimed Friendship Day in the belief that “friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.”
SACRAMENTO, CA •
Second annual International Friendship Day event acknowledges community leaders.
Seven Sacramento community and religious leaders were honored July 30 at the second annual United Nations International Friendship Day “Friends of the Community” breakfast and awards ceremony at the Church of Scientology of Sacramento.
International Friendship Day was proclaimed by the UN in the belief “that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.”
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE •
Nashville Church of Scientology celebrates International Day of Friendship with a forum dedicated to religious tolerance.
The Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre of Nashville hosted an interreligious forum on United Nations International Friendship Day July 30, bringing together leaders from across Tennessee to coordinate actions to raise the bar on religious tolerance throughout the state.
MILAN, ITALY •
Church of Scientology of Milan volunteers bring drug education to the youth of their city.
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Milan are ensuring that youth in their city learn the truth about drugs this summer.
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA •
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Pretoria help protect youth in the South Africa township of Shoshunguve from the danger of drugs.
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Pretoria helped organize a park cleanup and drug education seminar July 20 in coordination with the Agape Youth Movement of Soshanguve to provide township youth the information they need to decide to live drug-free lives.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA •
The Church of Scientology of Melbourne organized a human rights education workshop for leaders of the Australian Oromo Community.
Leaders of the African Oromo Community in Melbourne attended a human rights seminar July 7, 2013, as the first step of a program to bring change and hope to the Oromo people. The training session, organized by the Church of Scientology of Melbourne, introduced community leaders to the human rights education program of Youth for Human Rights, an initiative supported by the Church of Scientology.
The Truth About Drugs initiative, supported by the Church of Scientology, works year-round to combat drug abuse and addiction.
The Truth About Drugs team of Venezuela pulled out all stops June 26, United National International Day against Drug Abuse and Addiction, to bring the message of drug-free living to people throughout the country.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA •
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Melbourne promote drug-free living at Aussie Rules Football game.
In the wake of reports of increased use of social drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines among Australian Rules football players, volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Melbourne distributed thousands of copies of The Truth About Drugs booklets to Aussie Rules fans July 7 at an Australia Football League game at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).