Church of Scientology Activities
WESTMINSTER, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM •
Scientologists Run to Promote Drug-Free Living in England
A team of runners carried out a week-long 130-mile (209 km) multi-marathon through southern England to promote drug education and prevention as a primary solution to drug abuse.
The UK Drug-Free Multi-Marathon began April 14 on the steps of Lambeth Town Hall in the south of London. Over the next seven days they ran to East Grinstead in Sussex and on to Uckfield, Brighton, Crawley, Reigate and Croydon, ending back in Westminster in the heart of London.
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA •
The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) honored the Church of Scientology with two DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards of Excellence at the Council’s 2012 convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
HONIARA, GUADALCANAL PROVINCE, SOLOMON ISLANDS •
The official launch of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Goodwill Tour in Honiara, capital of Guadalcanal Province of the Solomon Islands, signals the launch of a month of free seminars on the 19 subjects of the Scientology Handbook.
KANANGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO •
Thousands lined the streets and filled Stadium de L’Espoir (Stadium of Hope) in Kananga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to welcome the team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers who arrived this week from Uganda, Québec and Brussels to implement Volunteer Minister training for 2,000 Congolese
LONDON, ENGLAND •
An open house at the Church of Scientology of London presented an overview of the Church’s work in support of human rights. Civic and religious leaders and representatives of nongovernmental organizations were also introduced to the human rights education initiative the Church sponsors.
Tracey Colman, Public Affairs Director of the Church, briefed those attending on human rights issues in London, including statistics on human trafficking and child abuse.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA •
In response to a request from the Guateng Provincial Police Social Crime Prevention Program, Shaleen Worhnitz, Director of Public Affairs of the Church of Scientology of Johannesburg, presented an overview of the human rights education initiative the Church sponsors.
A team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers returned to Mexico City this week after completing a rigorous course of training in disaster search and rescue in various locales around Mexico. The training was supervised by Los Topos, the renowned Mexican search and rescue team featured in a National Geographic documentary on the Japan tsunami of 2011, and other top professionals. The purpose: to leverage experience and expertise gained to direct the activities of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response in the worst possible disasters.
SOLOMON ISLANDS •
The Savulei Paramount Council of Chiefs of the Solomon Islands endorsed the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program in March 2012 and welcomed the volunteers to the island in a traditional ceremony that dates back from the dawn of time.
Lambi is home to Paramount Chief Savulei whose authority extends over the 56 chiefs of the Savulei Council of Chiefs. So impressed was he by the results he saw in his village, he and his council officially endorsed the program and invited the Volunteer Ministers to return for a traditional welcoming ceremony.
The Church of Scientology in Australia conducts drug education activities to help the community.
LOS ANGELES •
The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre International hosted a forum and fundraiser March 31 to increase awareness of human trafficking and its consequences in Southern California. Funds raised will go to support human rights education.
Virginia Isaias, whose Foundation of Survivors of Human Trafficking (Fundacion de Sobrevivientes de Trafico Humano) is a resource center to help those who have escaped or been rescued from slavery, urged survivors to speak up to raise awareness of the plight of trafficking victims.
SOLOMON ISLANDS •
Scientology Volunteer Ministers bring seminars to Solomon Islands schools.
The Scientology Volunteer Ministers have begun delivery of workshops to educators throughout the island of Guadalcanal at the request of the Chief Education Officer of the Guadalcanal Education Authority, following the success of training provided to executives and staff of that agency in Honiara, Capital of the Solomon Islands.
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA •
The Church of Scientology hosted closing ceremonies March 23 for the 9th annual Youth for Human Rights International World Tour at the L. Ron Hubbard Auditorium of the Scientology Community Center at 8039 S. Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles. The ceremony capped the human rights group’s five-week 28,000-mile journey through seven nations. Youth for Human Rights representatives from Mexico, Liberia, and Japan presented highlights of the 2012 World Tour’s activities in their countries.
SOUTH AFRICA •
Paramount King Molefe of South Africa introduced Scientology Volunteer Ministers and their program to more than 100 tribal kings and chiefs on Mampuru Day, an annual celebration of freedom.
BERLIN, GERMANY •
An interfaith forum at the Public Information Center of the Church of Scientology of Berlin at Otto-Suhr-Allee 30-34 brought members of diverse religions together in one common endeavor: to promote peace in the Middle East through communication and cooperation.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
In cities around the world today, Scientologists organize or participate in round tables, petition drives, seminars and marches in support of the United Nations International Day against Racial Discrimination.
The UN General Assembly selected March 21 to commemorate the day in 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police opened fire on thousands peacefully demonstrating against apartheid, killing 69.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
The Church of Scientology International today announced the online edition of the new, biographical overview of the life and legacy of Scientology’s Founder, L. Ron Hubbard: A Profile. The work is the all-encompassing overview of The L. Ron Hubbard Series, the monumental 16-volume hardback biographical encyclopedia released on March 13 commemorating the yearlong celebration of Mr. Hubbard’s centennial. L. Ron Hubbard: A Profile is presented in its entirety at lronhubbard.org.
HAMBURG, GERMANY •
Musicians representing five diverse cultures perform a concert in the new chapel of the Church of Scientology of Hamburg
The Church of Scientology Hamburg hosted a Concert for Diversity in their new chapel March 9, featuring artists from five different nations.
SOLIHULL, ENGLAND •
In the town of Solihull, some nine miles southeast of Birmingham, England, live swing music set toes atapping in the village square last Friday when the Jive Aces—the UK’s Number One Jive and Swing Band—played and sang for drug-free living.
The Jive Aces support the Church of Scientology “Say No To Drugs, Say Yes To Life” campaign. In concerts all over the world, they spread the truth about drugs through drug education and prevention materials.
Crowning a yearlong Centennial Celebration of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology released the monumental, 16-volume complete biographical encyclopedia, The L. Ron Hubbard Series. The series was presented before an audience of 6,500 Scientologists gathered in Clearwater, Florida, for the annual celebration of Mr. Hubbard’s birthday.
The L. Ron Hubbard Series provides the first definitive, in-depth account of the man who founded the only new major religion to emerge in the modern age.
In total, the work stands at more than 3,600 pages and chronicles Mr. Hubbard’s extraordinary life and enduring legacy as drawn from his extensive personal archives, including never before published correspondence, journals and essays.
It has often been said Mr. Hubbard lived 20 lives in the span of one and this series bears out that fact in extraordinary detail. The first volume, L. Ron Hubbard: A Profile, serves as an all-encompassing introduction to the biographical series, presenting a complete and elucidating chronology of his life. Included are crucial details from his early years, wherein he distinguishes himself at age 13 as the nation’s youngest Eagle Scout and begins a lifelong study of the human condition under the tutelage of a student of Sigmund Freud. There is more as a young L. Ron Hubbard embarks on his famed travels through Asia, where be becomes one of the few Westerners to enter forbidden Tibetan lamaseries. The chronology further follows Mr. Hubbard as a leader of expeditions and member of the prestigious Explorers Club. With the same attention to detail, readers are further presented all pertinent facts from his trail of discovery in Dianetics and Scientology and his subsequent codification of an exact route along which individuals can ascend to higher states of awareness.
L. Ron Hubbard: A Profile additionally provides an overview of Mr. Hubbard’s humanitarian achievements: as an educator whose learning and literacy tools are presently utilized by hundreds of thousands of educators world over; as the architect of a drug rehabilitation program credited with saving tens of thousands; as the man who inspired a criminal reform program at work across 25 nations; and as the author of a moral code translated into 106 languages with upwards of 100 million copies in circulation.
Successive volumes in the series illuminate Mr. Hubbard’s accomplishments in well over a dozen professions. As but one example, Writer: The Shaping of Popular Fiction, traces Mr. Hubbard’s legendary 50-year literary career as a leading light of popular fiction and author of such landmark bestsellers as Battlefield Earth and the Mission Earth series. The companion volume, Literary Correspondence, provides insight into a celebrated career through his extensive collection of letters, including those addressed to legendary colleagues of the Great American Pulp Fiction movement.
The entire series is richly illustrated with more than 1,000 photographs from the L. Ron Hubbard archives—including both images of Mr. Hubbard and those taken by him.
Hundreds of photographs presented were never previously published for the fact that many date back a century and naturally deteriorated over time. Accordingly, the photographs throughout The L. Ron Hubbard Series are themselves the culmination of a massive restoration project. The process involved digitally scanning century-old photographs and negatives at resolutions even beyond those employed by the Library of Congress and the National Archives. Teams of specialists then meticulously restored every photograph pixel by pixel, removing dust, scratches, cracks and other imperfections. In all, the task demanded better than 10,000 man hours to complete. The resultant restored photographs, otherwise lost, are now presented for the first time in extraordinary clarity and detail.
Released along with The L. Ron Hubbard Series is an exclusive companion book entitled Images of a Lifetime. This 400-page, large format volume is a photographic biography, portraying the intimate story of Mr. Hubbard’s life through more than 500 images hand-picked from the archives and accompanying detailed anecdotal captions.
The L. Ron Hubbard Series and Images of a Lifetime are available in 15 translated languages.
Titles in The L. Ron Hubbard Series include:
- L. RON HUBBARD: A PROFILE
- HUMANITARIAN: EDUCATION, LITERACY & CIVILIZATION
- HUMANITARIAN: REHABILITATING A DRUGGED SOCIETY
- HUMANITARIAN: RESTORING HONOR & SELF-RESPECT
- FREEDOM FIGHTER: ARTICLES & ESSAYS
- PHILOSOPHER & FOUNDER: REDISCOVERY OF THE HUMAN SOUL
- DIANETICS: LETTERS & JOURNALS
- ADVENTURER/EXPLORER: DARING DEEDS & UNKNOWN REALMS
- EARLY YEARS OF ADVENTURE: LETTERS & JOURNALS
- WRITER: THE SHAPING OF POPULAR FICTION
- LITERARY CORRESPONDENCE: LETTERS & JOURNALS
- MUSIC MAKER: COMPOSER & PERFORMER
- POET/LYRICIST: THE AESTHETICS OF VERSE
- PHOTOGRAPHER: WRITING WITH LIGHT
- HORTICULTURE: FOR A GREENER WORLD
- MASTER MARINER: AT THE HELM ACROSS SEVEN SEAS
The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has today expanded to more than 10,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.
- For more information on L. Ron Hubbard, visit lronhubbard.org.
The Church of Scientology announced the milestone completion and release of the Chinese translation of core Scientology Scripture. The accomplishment marks the first time all of the fundamental works of Founder L. Ron Hubbard, comprising 18 books and 284 recorded lectures, have been accessible to the world’s Chinese speaking population. The announcement was made by Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, to more than 6,500 Scientologists attending the annual celebration of Mr. Hubbard’s birthday in Clearwater, Florida.