BUFFALO, NEW YORK •
Scientologists promoted drug-free living at Buffalo’s 11th annual Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Buffalo joined in the spirit of the city’s 11th annual Puerto Rican and Hispanic Day Parade September 7, marching for a drug-free Buffalo.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA •
Mr. Parsu Sharma-Luital is honored for his work on behalf of refugees on World Humanitarian Day
At an International World Humanitarian Day celebration August 14 at the Church of Scientology of Melbourne, parishioners and community leaders gathered to acknowledge Mr. Parsu Sharma-Luital for his work to promote the rights of refugees.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM •
Human Rights Office of the Church of Scientology International and Churches of Scientology for Europe cosponsor program to bring together youth from 30 nations in the name of human rights.
Forty Youth Delegates filed into Brussels’ International Auditorium with flags held high September 6 for the opening ceremonies of the 10th annual Human Rights Summit of Youth for Human Rights International.
AZCAPOTZALCO, MEXICO •
Mexico Scientologists take every opportunity to reach youth with the truth about drugs.
In Mexico City’s northwestern borough of Azcapotzalco, volunteers from the National Scientology Organization of Mexico attended a Mexico City Ministry of Health fair in September to bring factual information about drugs and drug addiction to youth in the area. They displayed The Truth About Drugs posters and banners and distributed hundreds of copies of The Truth About Drugs booklets.
CINCINNATI, OHIO •
Reaching out to parents and students with the truth about drugs
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Cincinnati set up a booth in the heart of the city at Fountain Square to reach returning students and their parents with factual information about drugs and drug abuse.
PORTLAND, OREGON •
Community leaders gather at new Scientology Church in Portland
The Church of Scientology of Portland hosted an International Friendship Day forum and open house this summer to forward the purpose set forth by the United Nations in proclaiming this day: “that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.” Community and religious leaders from diverse backgrounds met and shared their vision for a better world.
KATHMANDU, NEPAL •
On September 20, 2013, a new drug rehabilitation center was dedicated in Kathmandu, Nepal. The opening of this new state-of-the-art center was made possible by generous financial contributions from the International Association of Scientologists.
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN •
Forbes Magazine includes Taiwan in this year’s list of the 20 happiest countries in the world, and happiness was the theme August 3 when young volunteers from the Church of Scientology Mission of Kaohsiung celebrated International Friendship Day.
Service to the community—a central element of the Scientology religion.
The Church of Scientology was among the religious groups recognized September 10 with a Religious Excellence Award from the Minister Interior of Taiwan ROC for outstanding contributions to the society.
MEXICO CITY •
The Social Reform Office of the National Scientology Organization of Mexico gives police tools to help youth.
A team of officers of the Mexico City School Safety Police decided to reach out to youth during school summer holidays. For two days in July, the team distributed 7,500 copies of The Truth About Drugs drug education booklets at a summer fair at Zócalo (Constitution Square) in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City.
SOUTH AFRICA •
More than 400 attend drug prevention specialist seminars in Scientology Churches amid news of escalating drug use in the country.
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.