L.A. Interfaith Clergy Coalition Honored at White House
The Church of Scientology was among the religious and community organizations honored September 13 for their work to increase disaster preparedness in Los Angeles County.
Leaders of the Los Angeles County Interfaith Clergy Coalition were honored September 13 at a special presentation at the White House for their work to promote disaster preparedness to ensure the safety of the entire community.
Accepting the awards were:
- Leslie Luke, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Emergency Management
- Bishop Juan Carlos Mendez, Churches in Action
- Osas Otasowie, American Red Cross, Greater Los Angeles Region
- Adnan Khan, Council on Pakistani American Affairs
- Rev. Janet Weiland, Church of Scientology Public Affairs and Scientology Volunteer Ministers
- Curtis Hsing and National Volunteers, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation.
The devastating 2005 hurricane season and the destruction leveled by Katrina, Rita, and Wilma made it clear that greater community engagement was needed to see to community preparedness and deal with disasters.
The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships was created by executive order to coordinate these efforts, under the direction of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
It works to build bridges between the federal government and nonprofit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to better serve Americans in need.
In launching the office in February 2009, President Obama said “There is a force for good greater than government. It is an expression of faith, this yearning to give back, this hungering for a purpose larger than our own, that reveals itself not simply in places of worship, but in senior centers and shelters, schools and hospitals….”
The program was set up as a resource for nonprofits and community organizations seeking to make a bigger impact in their communities, so they may learn their obligations under the law, cut through red tape, and make the most of federal resources.
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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