New Churches of Scientology Grand Openings
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA •
More than 6,000 Scientologists from over 50 nations filled the streets and sidewalks at the 200 block of Fort Harrison Avenue on March 14, 2009, as Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center, Mr. David Miscavige, officiated at the ribbon cutting of the Clearwater landmark—the new Fort Harrison.
"Her bones were good, her breeding impeccable and her choice of residence couldn't have been more fitting: Clearwater, Florida," began Mr. Miscavige as he addressed the crowd.
BERLIN, GERMANY •
The Church of Scientology of Berlin opened its new home today in Charlottenburg to over 5000 Church members (including Academy Award nominated actress Anne Archer and Jazz legend Chick Corea), government officials and community leaders, with an invitation to all Berliners to come in and find out for themselves about Scientology.
"Our doors are open to everyone," said the Berlin Church's president, Sabine Weber. "We want you to find out for yourself who we really are. We want you to find out for yourself what we really do."
LONDON, ENGLAND •
The United Kingdom’s Church of Scientology, standing on Queen Victoria Street in the cultural epicenter of London, drew more than 3,000 Scientologists, London citizens and dignitaries from every continent to its October 2006 opening. The dedication of the new Church by Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, marked the significance of the occasion.
The Church of Scientology in New York City, located just off Times Square, was a gift from the International Association of Scientologists to the people of New York in recognition of their courage and spirit in the face of the 2001 World Trade Center disaster.
Mr. David Miscavige dedicated the building. He was joined by United States Congressman Charles Rangel, United Nations Undersecretary Maurice Strong, and Vice President of the Times Square Alliance, Mr. Bob Esposito.
MADRID, SPAIN •
In September 2004, the National Church of Scientology opened in the heart of Madrid, with 6,000 assembling to celebrate the new Church.
Once the seat of religious suppression, Spain now welcomed Scientology to the nation, with dignitaries from religion, law and human rights all proclaiming Scientology as the hope for their country.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA •
On November 29, 2003, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, officially opened the doors of the new Church of Scientology of San Francisco. Addressing 2,500 Scientologists and guests, Mr. Miscavige dedicated the restored landmark Transamerica Building, in the heart of downtown San Francisco, to a new era of spiritual activity.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA •
Dedicating the first Ideal Church of Scientology on the African continent, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, addressed South African Scientologists and honored guests at the opening of the new Church of Scientology of Johannesburg on November 2, 2003.