Faith Leaders: United for Religious Freedom
A monthlong series of presentations on the beliefs of 15 Los Angeles-based faiths promotes diversity and understanding.
This year’s series of religious diversity forums at the Church of Scientology Los Angeles brought together leaders and members of many different faiths in the spirit of friendship. On four consecutive weekends last month, religious leaders representing 15 faiths described their basic beliefs and practices.
Questions posed by those attending in the Q&A portion of each forum helped to further clarify the differences and common factors in each of the religions represented.
As one religious leader put it, “There is so much more that unites us than separates us and we have to stay together.”
The first forum presented faiths born in the Americas and included Aztec religion, the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Church of Scientology, the Agape Church and Christian Science.
This was followed by a forum on religions of the Middle East, including Islam, Bahá'í and Zoroastrianism.
Next was a forum devoted to European religions including the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, Wicca, the Presbyterian Church and the Lutheran Church.
The final event was religions of the East, including Sikhism, Hinduism, Falon Gong, and the Unification Church.
Also featured at the final event was Dr. Arik Greenberg, professor of theology at Loyola Marymount University, founder and president of Institute for Religious Tolerance, Peace and Justice (IRTPJ).
The series culminated in the IRTPJ interfaith peace march to raise awareness of the freedom of religion or belief—the right of people to choose to practice any religion without fear of reprisal, discrimination or abuse. All religions are entitled to equal justice and protection under the law.
The Church of Scientology Los Angeles hosts conferences and forums throughout the year on topics of interest and concern to the Los Angeles community. Guests are invited to tour the Church’s Public Information Center that features more than 500 videos on the beliefs and practices of the Scientology religion, the life and legacy of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the many humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs the Church supports.
For more information on the Church’s work to forward religious freedom, visit the Scientology Religion website. For a behind-the-scenes look into the Church of Scientology Los Angeles, watch Inside a Church of Scientology on the Scientology Network.
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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