Church of Scientology Activities
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA •
A nonreligious moral code that helps prisoners take stock of their lives is the subject of a new brochure published by the Church of Scientology.
The average cost of incarcerating one inmate in the United States in 2010 was $31,286. In a study conducted in 40 American states and published by the Center on Sentencing and Corrections, the cost to taxpayers was $39 billion annually.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL •
More than 100 youth attended human rights lectures at the Scientology Center of Tel Aviv.
More than 100 teens from the city of Ramla learned of the 30 rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through seminars provided by the Public Affairs Department of the Scientology Center of Tel Aviv.
UNITED KINGDOM •
The Marathon for a Drug-Free UK completed a grueling 26-day, 965 km (600 mile) race from the tip of England to Edinburgh, Scotland, to promote drug-free living in the United Kingdom.
A team of runners spent the better part of May 2013 on a 965 km (600 mile) run to promote drug-free living—the Marathon for a Drug-Free UK.
The initiative was held under the banner of the Truth About Drugs, a program supported by the Church of Scientology that raises awareness of drugs and their effects.
Venezuela violent crime rate prompts massive distribution of The Way to Happiness funded by donations from Scientologists around the world.
New brochure, Scientology: How We Help—United for Human Rights, Making Human Rights a Global Reality, released at a conference honoring Tibetan monk the Venerable Tenzin Bagdro, a Tibetal monk and champion of Tibet independence.
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA •
Deserving Tampa Bay area volunteers were presented with the President’s Volunteer Service Awards at the National Volunteer Week celebration at the Fort Harrison religious retreat of the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Tampa Bay volunteers were recognized April 24 at the Fort Harrison religious retreat of the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.
PASADENA, CA •
Pasadena leaders at the Truth About Drugs Prevention Forum at the Church of Scientology of Pasadena April 20 joined forces in fight against drug epidemic.
More than 80 civic, community and religious leaders representing over a dozen groups and associations attended a Truth About Drugs Prevention Forum April 20 at the Church of Scientology of Pasadena. The purpose: to tackle rising teen drug abuse in the Pasadena area.
Gracia Bennish, President of United for Human Rights Florida, is an active proponent of human rights education and the care of victims of human trafficking. Her 640 hours of volunteer service last year earned her a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Gracia Bennish received a well-deserved acknowledgement April 24, 2013, for her 640 hours of volunteer service last year—a President’s Volunteer Service Award, presented at a National Volunteer Week celebration at the Fort Harrison religious retreat of the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICAN •
Introducing the Truth About Drugs to government, community, and religious leaders in South Africa’s capital
To make effective drug prevention broadly available in every sector of South African society, the Church of Scientology of Pretoria invited government, community and religious leaders to attend an open house and presentation April 13, 2013, on the Truth About Drugs, the drug prevention initiative the Church supports.
PADOVA, ITALY •
New Scientology Church in Padova, Italy, promotes aligned community action to lower crime and improve moral values
At a conference and open house April 27, at the new Church of Scientology of Padova, Italy, Church officials released a new brochure aimed at uplifting the community and lowering crime rates.
The brochure, Scientology: How We Help—Creating a World of Honesty, Trust & Self Respect, describes The Way to Happiness, a nonreligious moral code that is improving the quality of lives the world over.
Logos, an Applied Scholastics tutoring program in the Ukraine featured in a new brochure published by the Church of Scientology, raised passing rates on state exams to 94 percent from the previous 40 percent average.
MILAN, ITALY •
The Church of Scientology Milan hosted an open house and conference May 3, 2013, to release a new brochure, Scientology: How We Help—United for Human Rights, Making Human Rights a Global Reality.
Officials, NGO representatives and community and religious leaders gathered in the Church Chapel where host Antonella Russo, from the public affairs office of the Church, spoke of the work of two Church-supported human rights initiatives—Youth for Human Rights and the Association for Human Rights and Tolerance of Italy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. •
At a conference at the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in Washington, D.C., solar energy pioneer Dr. Richard Komp described his program for making affordable energy available to impoverished villages in Africa, Latin America, India and the Carribean.
Washington, D.C.—Solar energy pioneer Dr. Richard Komp of Skyheat Associates, Harrington, Maine, called for a reform in international energy practices at a conference May 15, 2013, at the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office.
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY •
The Church of Scientology Budapest and Applied Scholastics of Hungary organized an education round table where they released the new brochure Scientology: How We Help—Applied Scholastics, Achieving Literacy and Education.
The Church of Scientology Budapest and Applied Scholastics of Hungary hosted a literacy and education round table April 24, 2013, to introduce community leaders to a technology capable of overcoming illiteracy and raising the standard of education.
ROME, ITALY •
Volunteers from the Churches of Scientology of Italy have reached 33,000 students with human rights education.
It was no ordinary theater performance that the 400 guests at Naples’ Palapartenope Theater enjoyed May 4, 2013. The show was part of a movement that is gaining momentum throughout Italy, driven by volunteers from the Church of Scientology.
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA •
Volunteers from the St. Petersburg Scientology religious group distribute drug education booklets to conquer drug abuse on Victory Day
“Victory Day” is celebrated throughout Russia on May 9 to commemorate the end of World War II. Scientologists from the St. Petersburg Scientology religious group spent the entire week promoting victory of a different kind and one that is sorely needed—victory over drug abuse.
KARLOVY VARY, CZECH REPUBLIC •
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Mission of Prague conduct character education lectures based on The Way to Happiness.
More than 100 young men and women attending a business academy and language school in the West Bohemia city of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic are learning what may be the very "secret" to happiness through lectures on The Way to Happiness, a nonreligious moral code based entirely on common sense.
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA •
For the past five years, Youth for Human Rights, supported by the Scientology Churches of the Tampa Bay area, has been one of the sponsors of the Sunscreen Film Festival. Industry professionals see film as the best medium to promote human rights.
SPANISH LAKE, MISSOURI •
The annual international convention of a program featured in a new Scientology brochure focused on simple solutions to raise the quality of education.
HAMBURG, GERMANY •
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Hamburg distributed thousands of copies of The Way to Happiness at the 2013 Hamburg Marathon.
More than 10,000 finished the Hamburg Marathon April 21. Following a minute of silence in honor of the Boston Marathon, which took place exactly one week earlier, runners exploded past the starting line and kept up the pace for the 42.2 km (26.2 mile) route, bringing home a course record of 2:05:30 hours by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge.