Church of Scientology Activities
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.
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA •
Special Commendation presented to Church of Scientology Inglewood in honor of 101st anniversary of the birth of Dianetics and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard
Inglewood, California—In commemoration of the birth of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in his centennial year, Inglewood, California, has designated March 13 as L. Ron Hubbard Day.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA •
No matter the weather, Moscow Scientologists carry out drug education and prevention to help counter drug abuse trends in their city.
Despite frigid conditions, volunteers from the Church of Scientology took their drug education and prevention activities to the streets of Moscow this week, distributing 2,600 fliers and collecting 2,000 signatures on drug-free pledges. And for good reason.
TAMPA, FLORIDA •
Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology of Tampa participated in the 65th annual Fiesta Day Celebration in Ybor City, Florida, a historic neighborhood in Tampa northeast of downtown.
Seventh Avenue was closed to traffic and booths and kiosks lined both sides of the street.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA •
The Church of Scientology of Moscow marked a stellar year of service to parishioners and the community, commemorating the one-year anniversary of the dedication of their new Church on Taganskaya Street with an open house and dinner for parishioners and the community.
The new Church, just a mile from Red Square, was dedicated February 26, 2011. More than 2,000 Scientologists, dignitaries and guests gathered for the grand opening, which was a milestone for Scientology in Russia.
PARIS, FRANCE •
With the weatherman finally announcing a break in record low temperatures, ”No to Drugs, Yes to Life” Association volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Paris braved the weather Sunday—still unseasonably cold—to distribute more than 2,000 drug education and prevention booklets in the 17th arrondissement.
According to the Inter-departmental Mission for the Fight Against Drugs and Drug Addiction, more than 5 million people in France have experimented with cannabis, 1.2 million use the drug on a regular basis and more than 500,000 are addicted.
HARLEM, NEW YORK •
Verlene Cheeseboro, Director of Public Affairs of the Church of Scientology Harlem, is now the first Scientology minister ordained at the Church of Scientology of Harlem. Executive Director of the Harlem Church, Rev. Phyllis Mack, conducted the ceremony.
REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA •
A drug education seminar was held for a team of Christian ministers at the Evangelical Christian Church on the Hill in Redlands, California, February 21. Rev. Edith Reuveni, President of the Church of Scientology Los Angeles, trained the ministers to conduct The Truth About Drugs drug education lessons to help young people in Riverside County and abroad live drug-free.
MADRID ,SPAIN •
Venezuelan actress, model and businesswoman Ruddy Rodriguez was guest speaker at the Church of Scientology of Spain in Madrid. The subject of her presentation: The Way to Happiness, an entirely nonreligious, common-sense moral code that can be followed by anyone of any race, culture or creed.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM •
Religious leaders, community officials, representatives of nongovernment organizations and scholars joined Scientologists from throughout Europe to celebrate the second anniversary of the dedication and opening of Churches of Scientology for Europe in Brussels, Belgium.
This unique Scientology Church caters to the spiritual needs of Scientologists throughout Belgium and makes its humanitarian campaigns available to representatives of the 27 member states of the European Union and embassy and consulate staff from 200 nations.
UNITED STATES •
The secret behind Scientologist Todd Wilson’s smile.
Scientologist Todd Wilson never learned that life has to be serious. Maybe that’s why he always has such a good time.
“What I look forward to most in life is playing,” he says.
In fact, for Wilson, 47, there is hardly anything in his life that he doesn’t enjoy. He loves his wife, his three children, sports, volunteering and work.
The City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Commission for Human Relations presented the “Models of Unity” award to Scientologist Tim Bowles and Youth for Human Rights International in council chambers January 30, “In recognition of a group that fosters collaboration in the areas of programs and resources while connecting individuals among the diverse community of Pasadena.”
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE •
The Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre Nashville opens its new industry seminar series this weekend, with Tony Harnell presenting an inside look into lasting success in entertainment. The seminar will take place January 28 at the Church—1130 8th Avenue South.
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA •
Community and religious leaders gathered at the Church of Scientology Community Center at 81st and Vermont in South L.A. January 21 to pay tribute to Rev. Martin Luther King and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the World Literacy Crusade.
Held in the Community Center’s L. Ron Hubbard Auditorium, the event, which included live performances by local youth and recitations and videos of the speeches of Dr. King, focused on the future—bringing about the dream Dr. King envisioned through handling the underlying causes of social ills.
TAMPA BAY, FLORIDA •
This year, thousands who came to the Manatee County Fair for the food and the fun came home with something more—practical solutions to brighten their days year-round, thanks to the Tampa Bay Scientology Volunteer Ministers.
The fair was an unqualified success with more than 50 rides in the midway, a petting zoo and pig races, Cajun catfish, Texas barbecue and fried pastries—and a bright yellow Volunteer Ministers tent.