Celebrating Cultural Diversity in the Heart of Europe
Scientology celebrates the rich traditions of the many cultures represented in the capital of Europe.
The 3rd annual Festival of Cultural Diversity at the Brussels-based Churches of Scientology for Europe commemorated World Day for Cultural Diversity with exhibits representing cultural traditions from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Hundreds of guests from diverse backgrounds visited the booths where graphic arts, clothing, music and food tempted the palate and delighted the soul. And all in an atmosphere or friendship and inclusion for which the Church of Scientology is famous.
As the seat of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Council, and the European Parliament, with diplomats representing hundreds of countries and territories, Brussels is the perfect city for a celebration of diversity.
In her message for the day, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova said, “Celebrating cultural diversity means opening up new perspectives for sustainable development and promoting creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship as sources of millions of jobs worldwide—particularly for young people and especially for women. Culture is a sustainable development accelerator whose potential has been recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations.”
To bring about these goals, the Church of Scientology promotes education in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Guests at the festival were invited to read the booklets and watch the many videos presenting, in words and images that anyone can easily grasp, the rights enshrined in this document.
In support of these ideals, the Churches of Scientology for Europe helped organize several annual International Youth Summits in Brussels for Youth for Human Rights International, hosting the final day—an interfaith service—in their Grand Hall. At these conferences, young human rights activists from across the globe converged in the European capital to share their passion and learn from distinguished members of the human rights community.
The Churches of Scientology for Europe in Brussels is an Ideal Scientology Organization. Opened in January 2010, it caters to the needs of people of all traditions in this cultural crossroads.
The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.
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