Sunday, December 11, 2005

Support the Volunteer Ministers

You can support the Volunteer Ministers by linking to the VM website. There are a range of different links on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers - Link to Us page.

My favorite is this one:

Scientology Volunteer Ministers
Scientology Volunteer Ministers

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The International Association of Scientologists 21st Anniversary

Sounds like everyone had a blast at the IAS anniversay: Travolta And Cruise Turn Out For Scientology Bash

Friday, October 21, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Photo Gallery

A gallery of photos of Scientology Volunteer Ministers in action has been set up on the Volunteer Ministers website: Scientology Volunteer Ministers - Hurricane Katrina Photo Gallery.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Hurricane Stan Disaster Relief is not over yet

Central America still needs help following Hurricane Stan. The Scientology Volunteer Ministers are active in the area and are calling for more help: Scientology Volunteer Ministers Helping On The Guatemala Disaster Relief Efforts

Friday, September 16, 2005

Latest News - Disaster Relief in Mississippi

Here are two news items about what the volunteer ministers are doing in Gulfport and Biloxi Mississippi:

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Help Katrina Survivors In 22 Shelters
Disaster Relief in Mississippi

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

News on Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers have been very active in helping with relief efforts in the disaster areas. News of their activities can be found at: Scientology Volunteer Ministers Disaster Response Team News

Friday, September 02, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief

Scientology Volunteer Ministers are in the disaster area helping victims of Hurricane Katrina. If you would like to help directly or donate you can: Scientology Volunteer Ministers

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Church of Scientology of Stevens Creek Grand Opening

Come in for a tour of our new premises at 1865 Lundy Avenue!

We're open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feel free to bring your family, friends and associates - everyone is welcome.

New Location:

Church of Scientology of Stevens Creek

1865 Lundy Ave., San Jose, CA 95131


Telephone: (408) 441-6661

Thursday, August 25, 2005

European Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance

A new foundation was recently formed at the European headquarters of the Scientology religion in Copenhagen. More than 250 religious leaders, scholars, human rights advocates and members of government joined to accomplish the stated aim of the new foundation. You can read about it here: European Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

A Good Place To Get Started

Here's a good place to get started finding out what Scientology is all about: Scientology Effective Solutions

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

An Amazing Story From Siberia

I just received this from a friend:

It is February in this remote Siberian town and the temperature is an unbelievable minus 47 degrees Centigrade. Even vodka will not pour at that temperature and most of the 350 people attending this event wish they had some, if only to numb the cold.

This event was the grand opening of the first Hubbard College in Siberia, and the first time the attendees had heard of L. Ron Hubbard... or so we thought.

Picture yourself being in one of these large Russian style lecture halls. One used by the local people for both political and social gatherings and where the temperature in the hall is only somewhat warmer than outside but does protect from the wind chill. Now look to your right and you will see ice covered windows where the weak sun tries to make its way through.

The Hubbard College in Moscow had trained a group of Russians to open and operate the Hubbard College of Siberia. This was the Grand Opening and all of the major opinion leaders were at this two day event. Nearing the end, those who had studied Mr. Hubbard’s works were invited to come to the microphone that had been set up in the front of the auditorium to share their wins and successes.

As they were coming to the front of the auditorium, we noticed an older woman that we did not recognized. Someone asked me, "Who is that?" I commented that I had never seen her before and immediately wondered who this person was and more importantly what was she about to say to this huge audience!

She introduced herself as a retired school teacher from a small town about 800 miles north in one of those small villages in the most remote part of Siberia. She went on to explain that 8 days ago she had received a newspaper in the mail containing an article about the pending opening of the Hubbard College and wondered could this possibly be the same Mr. Hubbard?

This story begins in the 1970’s when she was appointed to a delegation of teachers who were to attend a State sponsored educational symposium in Communist East Germany. While there she was able to get a pass into West Berlin so she could do some shopping. While looking into the display window of a woman’s cloth store, she was approached by someone selling books. Yes, it was a German translation of Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health. She purchased the book and began reading it immediately, spending most of the day on a park bench, engrossed in the book, rather than shopping as she had originally intended. It did not take her long to understand that she had in her hands an important work; one the authorities would probably object to. She made up her mind to smuggle it back to her small village where she was the senior teacher.

She said how she attentively read every line about ten times to make sure she fully understood it. More than that, she went on, she used the book to gain an understanding of people around her and to apply it first had. She described how after using Dianetics techniques on her husband for some hours, she had cured him of being a hopeless alcoholic and went on to cure factory workers, miners, farmers and their families of any number of ills. Quickly, her students were no longer taken ill during the winter months where 30% absenteeism is normal. Their grades soared way above the national average and as one might guess, she became the subject of an investigation. No one had achieved the academic and attendance records that she had and they wanted to know why?

When the authorities arrived, she went over all of her methods explaining what and how she achieved such stellar results. They asked where she learned to do these things and she promptly produced her worn-out Dianetics book. This created quite a stir and as she had anticipated the officials confiscated her Dianetics book and strongly reprimanded her for using unapproved propaganda in her school.

She looked on as they departed with just the right amount of visible anguish and as they disappeared into the Siberian night, this sly grin worked itself into the corners of her mouth as she returned to her small house where she had safely hidden her hand written translation of Dianetics. She had been using this translation to teach others in the village how to use Dianetics techniques!!! In fact she had made 5 copies, anticipating this moment, and had them hidden around the village in friends’ houses and farms.

She explained to the audience that once she saw Mr. Hubbard’s name in the newspaper, she somehow knew it was the same Mr. Hubbard and with the help of the people in her village, they came up with enough money for her to make this trip. She had traveled in the dead of a Siberian winter for days, riding first in a truck, then a cold rail car and then by bus so she could simply tell someone THANK YOU! from herself and the people of her village.

By this time, we could hardly speak.

We just stood there, chocked up and with huge tears running down our faces. We now had a new understanding of WHAT ONE BOOK CAN DO.

Volunteer Ministers In London Get A "Thank You"

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) in London received a letter from an officer who was on the scene after the terrorist bombings, personally thanking them for the assistance and support they provided to the police at that time.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Human Rights Marathon Gets Underway

A team of runners set out today to launch the first multathlon for peace and human rights. The event is supported by the Moscow Helsinki Committee, the city Ombudsman's Office, the International Association of Peace Funds, Moscowskoye Pole Pobedi (Moscow Victory Field) Association, the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights, the Russian division of the International Society for Human Rights and The Church of Scientology of Moscow.

Moscow Officials Back Scientology Human Rights Marathon Launch

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Church of Scientology Co-Sponsors Annual Youth for Human Rights International Summit 2005

Human Rights is something Scientologists take seriously. The key to improving Human Rights internationally is to educate people on what their rights are and the most important people to educate are children as they will be the leaders of tomorrow. The Annual Youth for Human Rights International Summit 2005 this year took place in India and was co-sponsored by the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology International: Former President of India Calls for Human Rights Education.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Officials Praise Church Programs at Scientology Celebrity Centre's 36th Anniversary Gala

The Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre in Hollywood celebrated it's 36th anniversay recently. Here is a stroy about it: Officials Praise Church Programs at Scientology Celebrity Centre's 36th Anniversary Gala

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Scientology Volunteer Ministers In The News

News about all the great things the Volunteer Ministers are doing can be found on the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Scientology in the UK

You can read all the Scientology news and about Scientology activities in the UK here: Scientology in the United Kingdom

Monday, August 08, 2005

The Jive Aces

The popular Scientology swing band, the Jive Aces, held their 'Summertime Swing' event at St. Hill Manor in East Grinstead. Over 600 people including many local dignitaries attended. The Jive Aces' single "The White Cliffs of Dover" got into the UK singles chart and has helped raise money for the Royal British Legion. They've done such a good job that they've been awarded honorary membership in the Battle of Britain Historical Society.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Scientology Human Rights Youth Education Program Presented at "Panafest" in Africa

Panafest is the largest and most prestigious cultural event on the African continent. This year at the event the Church of Scientology International brought its human rights program for youth to African leaders during a special presentation: Scientology Human Rights Youth Education Program Presented at "Panafest" in Africa

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

New Look for the Scientology Website

The Church of Scientology website has just been given a new cleaner, simpler look. I must say it looks great. Right there on the front page is a clear definition of Scientology. There is a new What Is Scientology? section with a snazzy Flash video presentation, a cool section on L. Ron Hubbard, a section on Scientology's Worldwide Activities, a section on how Scientology can help you in life: Scientology Success: Family, Marriage, Relationships, a Scientology Newsroom that includes Scientology Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a nicely presented general Information on Scientology section. Check it out!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Scientology News From India

There is a lot of interest in Scientology in India. Because of this a ton of books are being published there: A flood of Scientology books

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

A Not Bad Description of Scientology

Here is a journalist actually getting it right: Scientology joins modern with Eastern philosophies

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Assist Emergency Services In London

When the terrorist attacks on London occurred a couple of weeks ago, Scientology Volunteer Ministers were there to help: Scientology Volunteer Ministers Assist Emergency Services In London

Friday, July 22, 2005

Scientologist Juliette Lewis in the News

Juliette Lewis is an Oscar nominated actress and a singer in a very wild band, Juliette and the Licks. On the subject of Scientology she has this to say: "... I'm fiercely independent and defiant and its all the stuff that I've done in Scientology that has helped reinforce that and make me even more of an individual."

Juliette Lewis Defends Scientology

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Scientologists Doing Something About It

Kirsty Alley and Kelly Preston are both Scientologists and are both dedicated to helping parents and children everywhere. Rather than using their celebrity to get publicity for themselves they are on a crusade to get dangerous, suicide inducing psychiatric drugs under control: Hollywood's Kirsty Alley and Kelly Preston crusade against anti-depressants. and Kirstie Alley - Kelly Preston And Travolta Join Cruise's Anti-drug Crusade and Kirstie Alley, Kelly Preston's Anti-Drug Push | Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

News: Scientology In Hungary

Scientologists in Hungary have completed the 4th annual "Marathon for a Drug-Free Hungary," running 2,086 kilometers through 30 cities and villages and giving drug awareness lectures to 6,559 individuals in 102 schools. Read more:
Scientologists Complete 4th Annual Marathon for a Drug-Free Hungary

Monday, July 11, 2005

Scientology Basic Beliefs: The Courier Post Gets It Right!

At last a journalist who gets it right! After reading through so much nonsense from various so called journalists who get their data from god knows where, certainly not anyone who knows anything about the subject, it is refreshing to read an actual accurate description of what we Scientologists actually believe:Elemental beliefs of Scientology

Friday, July 08, 2005

Scientology: Theology and Practice

It's interesting to see a journalist actually trying to be accurate. I do appreciate that. In this case she does a not bad job. One major error is that the term "thetan" refers to a being, whereas in the article she says it is made up of three parts. What we say in Scientology is that a person is made up of three parts: body, mind and spirit. The spirit is actually you, that which is aware of being aware. To avoid confusion since the term "spirit" has many definitions and interpretations we use the term "thetan" instead (from the Greek letter "theta"). The way you use the word is to say something like "I am a thetan". The second error is that she says that in the Scientology Funeral service "the deceased are believed to be in a better place". We believe that people live again, Saying "a better place" implies somewhere other than here, for a Christian it would probably connote heaven. So we don't believe people go to a "better place" they simply come back to this one. Anyway, with all that said, here is the article: Scientology: Theology & Practice

For the actual book the article was (somewhat) taken from: Scientology: Theology & Practice

More on Human Rights Abuses and Psychiatry

On NBC's "Today" show, Scientologist Tom Cruise said he had carefully studied the history of psychiatry, that it is a pseudoscience, that children are being put on psychiatric drugs against their will, without their parents knowing the side-effects, that Ritalin is a drug available on the street, that there is no such thing as a chemical imbalance, and that psychiatric drugs do not cure anything but merely mask the real problems. Well, here are a lot of links to show that he was right and that these violations of human rights are occurring:

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Scientology and Psychiatric Abuse

Scientologists are against all forms of abuse of people and human rights. One of the worst fields for abuse of both individuals and of human rights in general is the field of psychiatry. Here is an excellent article about the current media obsession with psychiatric drugs and chemical imbalances and the opposition of Scientologists to psychiatric abuses: War of two religious worldviews

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

More Support For Tom Cruise

In his interview on the "Today Show" Tom Cruise said that the "chemical imbalance" theory, used to justify the use of antidepressants, had no proof to back it up. Well, he was right as you can see from these statements by various experts: "Chemical Imbalance" Hoax

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Doctors Support Tom Cruise's Position on Brook Shields and Paxil

Medical doctors have come out in support of the position taken by Tom Cruise when he criticized Brook Shields for promoting the antidepressant Paxil as a treatment for Post Partum Depression (PPD). In fact the FDA has issued a warning that adults who use antidepressants could be at risk of suicidal behavior. One doctor bluntly stated that PPD is not a mental disorder but a physical problem and that treating PPD with antidepressants is very dangerous. Added to this are the well established finding that the majority of so called mental disorders (such as anxiety disorder and depression) stem from a physical problem (such as under-active thyroid)

The complete article can be read here: Doctors Lambast Shields’ Dangerous Position on Paxil

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Scientology in the Community

Scientologists in Hungary have completed the 4th annual “Marathon for a Drug-Free Hungary,” running 2,086 kilometers through 30 cities and villages and giving drug awareness lectures to 6,559 individuals in 102 schools: Scientologists Complete 4th Annual Marathon for a Drug-Free Hungary.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Scientology: Where to Start?

Scientology is a huge subject so when you first come across it you can have a tough time knowing where to start. Well, a good place to start is with a basic course. There are many good beginning courses that I'd recommend and you can find them all here: Scientology Life Improvement Courses.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

A Great Reference Work On Scientology

This reference is very comprehensive and not only describes what Scientology is, but also goes into how it fits into society: Church of Scientology: The Bonafides of the Scientology Religion

Monday, June 27, 2005

Impartial Reference on Scientology

Here is another impartial reference about Scientology. It's written by a J. Gordon Melton, a well known religious scholar: The Church of Scientology.

Friday, June 24, 2005

L. Ron Hubbard, the Writer

Although L. Ron Hubbard is mainly known as the founder of Scientology, he is also a best selling author of fiction: L Ron Hubbard Bibliography. Many of his stories reflect his belief in the basic goodness of mankind and the fact that any individual can rise above his or her current situation. Books such as "To The Stars", "Final Blackout" and "Battlefield Earth" (my three favorites) are great examples of this.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Description of Scientology Beliefs

Whilst not exactly as I would describe them, this article on Beliefnet gives an outsiders view of the basic beliefs of Scientology: What Scientologists Believe

One thing I feel obliged to add is that Scientology is not based on faith or belief but on personal experience as to whether its practices work or not. For example, If a couple where to receive Scientology marriage counseling then they can see for themselves whether it works or not. They don't have to believe anything, they just have to see if they got the result of an improved marriage.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Impartial Reference on Scientology

The web site of the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance is a great resource for information on all religions. Their page on Scientology gives some good books and links: Scientology

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

UC Berkeley Student Says "No!" To Drugs

Here is the web site of a Scientologist at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley. The page covers what the Scientology Anti-Drug Campaign: Scientology Anti-Drug Campaign

Monday, June 20, 2005

News From Australia: Celebrating International Anti-Drug Day 2005

I just received this from a friend in Sydney, Australia:

St. Ives Festival on the Green was celebrated with the Drug Free Ambassadors group achieving a milestone in the uphill battle against drug abuse, the scourge of the suburbs and inner cities alike.

The Ambassadors are a drug education initiative of the Church of Scientology and have achieved an amazing of 5,117 sign ups on the drug-free pledge for the year so far.

It's a 7 step pledge that gets youth thinking and acting for a drug-free Australia. And it works.

Sunday they signed up over 300 and the responses were great. The Ethnic Liaison Officer of the local police took fliers in both Chinese and English for her contacts and the Youth Centre in Gordon requested the Ambassadors group come for their barbecue Thursday at the Gordon Student Resource Centre. Rotary was interested in guest speakers and many in the general public and the local teens just wanted to join in the fun and pledge for a drug-free Australia.

The group uses research from humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard that promotes living drug free because "drugs rob life of the joys and sensations that are the only reason for living anyhow" and promotes getting off drugs without the further use of drugs to achieve that.

These events are in celebration of Anti-Drug Day coming up 26th June. For more information on events or anti-drug booklets for info, pledge call the coordinator 9692 7308.

The Church of Scientology of Sydney

Scientology Helping In The Community

Scientologists are very active in communities all over the world doing their part in making a better world for all. Here is a letter to the editor of the Saint Petersburg Times in Florida regarding the work done by Scientologists in that area: Scientology works to make things better

Friday, June 17, 2005

Using Scientology to assist Tsunami Survivors

Amidst the sickening feeding frenzy of the media it is still possible to find some actual news (although you have to really dig): For tsunami survivors, a touch of Scientology

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Scientology Volunteers Take Part In Emergency Rescue Drilling

Scientologists all over the world get involved in their local communities. They are interested in giving back to their communities and in helping their fellow man. A couple years ago I got training as an emergency response team member in my local city so I could help if ever a disaster struck, something that is not uncommon in California. The article I'm presenting today is about Scientologists in Clearwater Florida who are part of their local emergency response team: Scientology Volunteers Take Part In Emergency Rescue Drilling.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Not a bad article on Scientology from Newsday

It's sometimes nice to be proved wrong. While this article from Newsday still contains some to the seven elements I mentioned in an earlier article, they are pretty mild. (See The Press, Scientology and Accuracy. The elements in this case being big names, a tiny bit of harm, money, controversy and a smidgen of two opposing forces.) The reporter even spoke to an unbiased religious expert something the gutter press seems incapable of doing. Therefore I have to say that Kathryn Masterson actually qualifies for the title "journalist" and I feel okay about linking to the article: Scientology the 'it' religion

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

At Last A Reporter Who Did Some Research into Scientology!

I am impressed. I've been whining about reporters failing to do any research and instead just spewing out nonsense about Scientology but now I have to acknowledge Saurabh Bhattacharya in the Hindustan Times for an accurate piece about Scientology: Scientology: The Doctrine Of Clarity. Nice work! You can tell he actually did research and studied the subject before he put pen to paper.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

What is Scientology Auditing

In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Katie Holmes was asked if she'd had some "auditing". Most people will have no idea what that means, so here is where you can find out: What is Scientology Auditing?

Friday, June 10, 2005

"Change No Man’s Religion" is a prime policy of Scientology

Here is the full text of a letter published in the Asian Tribune. The letter was written by Jon von Gunten of the Scientology Parishioners League

"Change No Man’s Religion" is a prime policy of Scientology, written by its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. I know Scientologists who are also Catholics, Baptists, Jews, and Muslims. There are Scientology missions in Nepal and India that conflict with no religion there.

" Respect the Religious Beliefs of Others " is another directive about religion. Some religions-not Scientology-demand that one renounce all former religious ideas. Some religions-not Scientology-use the word "converts," meaning "to change a person from one thing to another." We do not "convert" people from any religion. We "disseminate" our knowledge, which means to spread the wisdom that we have learned. We do not change people's religions; we add to their knowledge and abilities to ethically help themselves and others.

"Scientology " Demands No Belief For Faith And Thus Is Not In Conflict With Faith," Mr. Hubbard wrote in 1959. This is because Scientology is a religion built upon practical knowledge. If you knew a way to shorten a child's fever from two days to a few hours, would you tell others how to help their children? As a good person, when you learn something new that helps you, you of course want to tell people you love and like so your new knowledge can help them. People telling people how Scientology helped them is primarily how Scientology has survived and grown so rapidly to so many countries for 50 years.

That is why a devout Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, or Buddhist can deliver a Scientology "Assist" to speed the recovery of a wounded person, then can immediately and faithfully attend the religious service of their chosen faith. The person remains faithful to his/her own religion, but has opened his mind, without prejudice, to learning proven new ways to help others.

Scientology is a group of discoveries about the human mind and spirit that people of any religion can use to increase their abilities to deal calmly with situations that previously upset them, to accomplish more in their day, and to peacefully communicate ideas to others. Scientology counseling increases one's own spiritual awareness, and coexists with the peaceful beliefs and practices of other religions.

Jon E. von Gunten
Director , Scientology Parishioners League

The Press, Scientology and Accuracy

It is amazing to see the amount of nonsense spewed out by the press these days. In my younger, naive days I actually thought (don't laugh) that reporters cared about accuracy and truth. I had that idea thoroughly squashed in the early 80s when I was traveling in a train seated by a newspaper reporter. I asked him about his job and to my astonishment he openly admitted that he wrote the stories he was told to write and facts, truth and accuracy were not important.

Years later I read an article by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, that talked about the press and the rules they follow to print a story. Here is a quote from the article:

To be printed a story must contain one or more of these things:
  1. Harm (blood, violence, damage, death, scandal)
  2. Sex
  3. Money
  4. Big Names
  5. The story must be written to invalidate something
  6. The story must contain a controversy
  7. A story must contain two opposing forces

If you take a look at any mainstream news article you will see these elements. As Hubbard observed:

You could be elected Queen of the May and the headline would be "Controversy Rips Queen Election, Sexual Bias Hinted".

As a Scientologist I see this in the definitions the press give for it and their crazy versions of what Scientologists believe. The truth of what Scientology is and what Scientologists believe doesn't contain any of the above elements of a story so they rarely print it.

For a simple and accurate description try: What is Scientology?

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

My Scientology Blog mentioned in "Best Spiritual Blogs" article

I'm proud to say that this blog got mentioned in an article on the "Best Spiritual Blogs" on the BeliefNet website! The article even said "These blogs are all worth checking in with daily or weekly." So follow their advise and come back often :)

Here you can read the entire article: Best Spiritual Blogs/Best Religion Blogs

Interview with the President of the Church of Scientology International

Hear an interview with Rev. Heber Jentzsch covering the religious recognition of Scientology in Taiwan and more. This page also contains good news about many different religions: Good News: Religion/Spirituality. Or go directly to the interview: Interview with the President of the Church of Scientology International

Thursday, June 02, 2005

The Church of Scientology Gives Support to Danish Anti-Drug Group

Denmark has quite a drug problem so one group of youngsters has decided to do something about it by distributing booklets that tell the truth about various popular "recreational" drugs: Determined Youngsters Inform Denmark about the Dangers of Drugs

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Katie Holmes "converting" to Scientology

I've seen some reports in the media about Katie Holmes "converting" to Scientology. Unfortunately the use of the term "converting" demonstrates the lack of true journalism that pervades much of the media. If these people who call themselves journalists actually were interested in accuracy rather than sensationalism they would have put some time into studying Scientology so that they could say sensible things about it.

Let me explain: The word "convert" means "to change religious beliefs" and the implication in the Western world in that you have forsaken the old religion in favor of the new one. That does not apply to Scientology because you can be a Scientologist and a member of any other religion at the same time.

It's a difficult concept to get across in a world with a 2,000 year history of exclusivity in religion. The tradition has been something like "my concept of God is right and yours is wrong." For example, it would be difficult to be both a Christian and a Muslim. Scientology doesn't intrude into the area that most religions concentrate on, it leaves the concept or description of God up to the individual. Because of this it can coexist quite happily with all religions.

Now you are probably wondering "If it leaves the concept of God up to the individual then how can it be a religion?" The answer is quite simple. Scientology is an applied religious philosophy. That means it contains knowledge and techniques that you use to improve your life and the lives of others, It's not something you believe, it's something you use. So how is that different from some other practical subject, such as engineering or auto repair? Well, the knowledge in Scientology is based on the fact that man is a spiritual being and it deals with the spiritual nature of man.

Let me give you an example. Let's say Jim calls Mary using his cell phone. The technology exists and works to do that, so mechanically there is no problem with Jim communicating with Mary. However, Mary tells Jim to go take a hike and Jim is very sad and doesn't know what to do. Why is Mary angry with him? What can he do to handle the upset? The mechanics of speaking into the cell phone, sending the signal, having it picked up at the other end, etc. are all working fine, so we see that the communication problem Jim and Mary are having doesn't lie in the area of the mechanical but in the area of the spiritual. Scientology has knowledge about communication between living beings and methods of improving communication between spiritual beings. Using this knowledge and the techniques based on that knowledge Jim can communicate with Mary and handle the upset so they are once again friends.

Hopefully, this example demonstrates how Scientology can coexist in harmony with other religions. Having a method of improving communication with ones fellows based on the idea that they are spiritual beings is something that a person of any religion can use. So now if I say that my friend is a "Jewish Scientologist" or a "Muslim Scientologist", it should make sense to you and you should now be able to see that the idea of "converting" someone to Scientology is silly.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Access Hollywood Interview With Scientologist Tom Cruise

I just found this great interview with Tom Cruise where he discusses Scientology and his stand against the over-medication of children.

Access Hollywood - Tom Cruise and Scientology

Monday, May 30, 2005

Web Site for Human Rights Video

The human rights music video UNITED now has its own website: United Music Video. On the site you can find out about the video, how it was produced, how teachers can use it in lesson plans and you can download a special edition of the What are Human Rights booklet which teaches kids the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The new website was announce by the Church of Scientology just a few days ago.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Church of Scientology New York Hosts Human Rights Event

The Church of Scientology is a big supporter of efforts to forward human rights in all parts of the world. Last weekend an event was held at the Church of Scientology of New York where teens in dozens of countries were honored by Imaculee Ilibigaze of the UN Development Program: Rwandan Genocide Survivor Commends Human Rights Education Effort

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Tom Cruise and the Study Technology developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard

Here is a piece about Tom Cruise and his success with the Study Technology developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard: Cruise credits Scientology for his success

Just to clarify a couple of things from the article: a) the Study Technology is secular, it is not religious in nature. b) the "having an object you are studying" described in the article is only one small part of the Study Technology. For more details check out this description on the Applied Scholastics website: What is Study Technology?

Monday, May 23, 2005

Scientologist Tells Her Story as a Scientology Volunteer Minister in Sri Lanka

Alissa Sears just returned from 4 months in the tsunami disaster area working as a Scientology Volunteer Minister. Here she tells her story: Sri Lanka volunteer returns from four months abroad

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Tom Cruise: "Scientology gives tools to improve your condition"

Tom Cruise is an amazing guy. The amount of positive press he generates about Scientology is phenomenal. Here is a piece from an Indian paper: Cruise thanks Scientology for IQ

I can personally say that he is absolutely right. Scientology does provide the tools one needs to improve your conditions in life. In fact there is even a course on it: How to improve Conditions in Life Course. I did this course a few years ago and have found what I learned invaluable.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

L. Ron Hubbard Blog

A friend just pointed me to a blog about L. Ron Hubbard. I read some of the articles and it's good. Here's the link: L. Ron Hubbard and his Legacy

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Article by L.Ron Hubbard

I just came across this excellent article by L. Ron Hubbard about the relationship of crime to psychiatry:

Crime and Psychiatry

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Biography of L. Ron Hubbard

Here is a detailed and accurate biography of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Dianetics and Scientology: L. Ron Hubbard

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Scientologist Tom Cruise and Scientology in Germany

Throughout the years, Tom Cruise has been very open about his criticism of the German Government's violations of the human rights of Scientologists in that country as reported in this article from the BBC: Cruise lobbies over Scientology

The truth of his assertions has been bourne out by the Higher Administrative Court of the German State of Saarland, which just ruled that the state intelligence services are no longer permitted to intrude on and monitor the activities of the Church of Scientology and individual Scientologists in Saarland.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

The Legacy of L. Ron Hubbard

When he departed his body in 1986, L. Ron Hubbard left a tremendous legacy of knowledge about man, his true nature and how he can solve his problems. The link below is to a page that gives a good summary of that legacy.

L. Ron Hubbard's Legacy

Friday, May 06, 2005

Freedom Magazine Honors Top European Humanitarians

Human Rights Leadership Award recipients for 2005 join Freedom Magazine in calling for less sensationalism on behalf of vested interests and more investigative journalism in the public interest. I think we can all get behind that.

Freedom Magazine Honors Top European Humanitarians

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Tom Cruise - Standing up for Religious Freedom

You'd think that with its horrendous human rights record of the last century, the German government would respect the rights of its citizens to believe as they choose. After all, Germany is a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But no. The German government still insists on discriminating against and demonizing minority religions. So it takes the likes of Tom Cruise to stand up and take action as the article below shows.

Tom Cruise - Scientology Ambassador

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

The L. Ron Hubbard Foundation

I just found the site of the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation. It develops and supports programs aimed at creating a safer environment within today's culture through such things as developing and supporting organizations that help handle the major social ills faced by mankind.

The site is quite large, so I've not had a chance to check it all out, but it looks fascinating: - Hubbard Foundation

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Scientologist Tom Cruise Helping His Crew on the Set

Scientology Assists are techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard. They operate on the principle that one tends to withdraw mentally or spiritually from an injured area. Only by restoring communication with this area can one bring the spiritual element into healing, thereby greatly speeding the healing process. Assists are used to alleviate stress and physical aches and pains, or to orient a confused or distraught individual to his present environment. The article below is about how Tom Cruise made such assists available to the crew on the set of his latest movie "War of the Worlds"

Tom Cruise Wants to Assist

Friday, April 29, 2005

A Spot on Article by Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard

When you consider the state of the world today I think you will agree that this article tells it like it is: Times Must Change - An Article by L. Ron Hubbard

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Tom Cruise on how Scientology helped him

Here's an interesting article on how the study technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard helped Tom Cruise overcome his study problems:

Tom Cruise: Scientology Helped Me

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard

L. Ron Hubbard lived in the English town of East Grinstead for many years. Because of his contributions to the town and the world, the town has included him in it's "Hall of Fame": L. Ron Hubbard, East Grinstead Hall of Fame

Scientologists are doing something about it

Another murder committed by a man on anti-depressant drugs, but this time someone is making the connection between these drugs and violence known: Scientologists decry use of anti-depressants: Claim drugs had a role in local murder

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Tom Cruise and Scientology

Actor Tom Cruise has been a Scientologist for 20 years, so the headline below is a little inaccurate (he hasn't just "become an exponent" - but then the press are often inaccurate). Recently in an attempt to spread understanding, he took some film company execs on a tour of some of the Scientology Churches in Los Angeles: Tom Cruise becomes an exponent of Scientology

Monday, April 25, 2005

All you ever wanted to know about Scientology but were afraid to ask

The newly released 18 sets of Congress Lectures will answer any questions you have about Scientology. What is it? In what way is it a religion? How does it help people? And anything else you can come up with. It should all be answered here: L. Ron Hubbard's Congress Lectures

Friday, April 22, 2005

Freedom Magazine honors top European humanitarians

The European edition of Freedom Magazine has instituted an annual award for top humanitarians from that continent, as reported in India news: Freedom Magazine honors top European humanitarians

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Scientologists and Buddhist Monks work together to aide Tsunami Survivors

The fact that Scientologists and Buddhists are able to work together as successfully as has occurred in the areas hit by the Tsunami is no surprise to anyone who has a broader understanding of religion than the average westerner. It is possible for religions to be inclusive rather than exclusive and Scientology and Buddhism are examples of inclusive religions. Because Scientology allows the individual to have his own beliefs about God and allows him to worship in whatever way he desires and because it provides spiritually based methods for improving life, it can be embraced by people of any religion. This is exemplified in this story from Sri Lanka: Scientology Volunteers And Buddhist Monks - Accommodating Spiritual And Physical Needs

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Scientologists Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston

Kirstie Alley and Kelly Preston are Scientologists and mothers who care about what happens to children: Alley, Preston want help for kids refusing mood-altering drugs

Interview with a couple of NY Scientologists

Here is a funny little piece from the Village Voice in New York. It's a (sort of) interview with a couple of people living in NY. The section is NYLife-Shelter, so I suppose it's a regular column about life and where you live in the Big Apple. Anyway, the people chosen this time are a couple of Scientologists: After Scientology: Things aren't a mess in the apartment.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Scientology Volunteer Ministers are still active in the Asian Disaster Area

April 14, 2005: Medan, Indonesia -- Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) continuing in Sri Lanka gave a Dianetics workshop to university students and local residents. Once completed on their training, a team of 5 new VMs will go out to assist with the relief work badly needed in Nias.

April 15, 2005: In Hambantota on the southern tip of Sri Lanka where thousands of homes were lost, Scientology Volunteer Ministers working with Buddhist Monks from the city of Kandy in Sri Lanka, assisted in the opening of the first 25 houses built – the start of a large housing project.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Reviewer credits Scientology with improving Beck's lyrics

A review of the new Beck CD, Guero, in the New Zealand Herald says his lyrics make more sense and the reviewer wonders if Scientology has "clarified a few things" for him.

Beck: Guero

Friday, April 15, 2005

Scientology Asian Expansion Summit In Taiwan

Here is a report on the recent summit in Taiwan on Scientology's past, present and future expansion in Asia: Scientology Asian Expansion Summit In Taiwan

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Church of Scientology of San Jose is active in its Community

If you live in almost any large city in the world you will know the frustration of traffic congestion. The slow and go, the fumes and the time spent sitting behind a wheel all add to the stress we experience every day. The Church of Scientology of San Jose decided to help their community by doing something about the traffic problem: Church of Scientology in San Jose Supports the City's ''Traffic-Calming'' Project

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Not a bad description of Scientology

Here is a web site of the US Navy Chaplains. The description of Scientology is not bad. The page is accurate until about half-way down when it starts talking about attacks form anti-religious groups, from there on down it is way out of date.

US Navy Chaplains - Description of Scientology

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

More coverage of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Honored by Florida Governor

Here is another story about the Tampa Bay Volunteer Ministers being honored by the Florida Governor: Scientology Volunteer Ministers Honored

Monday, April 11, 2005

How Priscilla And Lisa Marie Presley Got Into Scientology

I always find it interesting to discover how someone got into Scientology. For me it was someone asking me some survey questions that I found intriguing so I bought the book Dianetics and then took the Success Through Communication Course. But how does someone like Priscilla Presley come across it? It's not like she's walking down the street and wanders in to do a personality test. So it was interesting to find this article. I guess they got it from an interview with Lisa Marie while she is out promoting her new album: Travolta Credited For Presleys' Interest In Scientology

Friday, April 08, 2005

Church of Scientology Miami, Service Times and Ongoing Events

For anyone living in the Miami area here is data on your local church:

Church of Scientology, 120 Giralda Ave., 305-445-7812: Sunday service is at 11 a.m. in English and noon in Spanish. L. Ron Hubbard taped lectures at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. ''Clear Body, Clear Mind'' book lecture Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Dianetics introductory lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays. ''Truth About Drugs'' lecture presented by Dr. Marie Williams the last Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Free assists by the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Saturday and Sunday. Call for locations. The website is

For more info see: Miami Herald: Religion and Values

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Church of Scientology President Sends Condolences to the Vatican

The President of the Church of Scientology International has sent the Church’s condolences on the passing of Pope John Paul II to the Vatican. Mr. Jentzsch stated that Pope John Paul II’s long life of service to mankind is a testament to his vision of a better world.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Scientology in Milano

Two large Volunteer Minister tents have been erected in prominent locations in the city of Milano, Italy by the local Church of Scientology. These tents are open to all members of the community to receive spiritual aid or just come and have a look.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers have the motto "Something can be done about it" and are ready to help in any way they can from relief efforts in disaster areas to helping individuals solve the problems of everyday life.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

CESNUR Page on Scientology

CESNUR stands for "Centro Studi sulle Nuove Religioni" or the "Center for Studies on New Religions" in English. It is run by a group of religious scholars from leading universities in Europe and it keeps a very objective view of religions. Here is its page on Scientology: Scientology (CESNUR)

Monday, April 04, 2005

Article on Scientology by a Professor of Religious History

I've sometimes had trouble explaining to people what Scientology is and why it is a religion. The reason, as this article demonstrates, is that Scientology is more like Eastern religions (such as some forms of Buddhism or Hinduism). Few people in the western world really know what these eastern religions are and how they differ from the traditional western view of what is a religion. Scientology may be new, but it is following a tradition of religious philosophy that has been going on for at least 10 thousand years.

Anyway, here is the article by a Professor at the University of Stockholm: Scientology - A Comparison with Religions of The East and West

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Church of Scientology of D.C. receives an acknowledgment

On March 30th, The Church of Scientology of D.C. was acknowledged for its work on the Violence Subcommittee of the Department of Human Services of Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 01, 2005

Interview with Scientologist Isaac Hayes

Here is a piece in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about Isaac Hayes, who is one of the headliners of this weekend's Riviera Beach Jazz & Blues Festival: From Shaft to Chef, Hayes still a soul man

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Scientologist Jenna Elfman on "How to make a Hollywood marriage work"

The March edition of Glamour Magazine contains a piece by Jenna Elfman in which she tells how she and her husband keep their marriage rolling along successfully. The piece is in the mag and is not on the web, but there is a picture of it that you can read on Jenna's website: The Official Jenna Elfman Site - Hot Projects. Scroll down a bit and you'll see a graphic of the article. Click on it to see a readable sized copy.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Honored by Florida Governor

The Tampa Bay, Florida chapter of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers has just received an award from the Florida Governor for their work in the 2004 hurricane season: Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Tampa Bay Honored by Governor Bush as ''Hurricane Heroes''

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Interview with Scientologist John Travolta

John Travolta says how Scientology helped him get over the death of his mother: John Travolta: Scientology help me get over the death of my mother

Monday, March 28, 2005

Interview with Scientologist Lisa Marie Presley

In an interview in Time about the upcoming release of her new album, Lisa Marie Presley attributes her new even keel to "My mom, myself and Scientology" : Lisa Marie Presley Interview

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Beck has lots to say about Scientology

In a recent interview (mentioned here) musical genius Beck had a lot to say about Scientology:

"It's reinforced certain things that were really constructive and good, Things that were truly important to me in terms of my family, friends, being creatively awake and pushing forward with music. It helps look at these things and strengthens things that are the most important aspects of my life."

And what about his creativity? " definitely reinforces that,"

What does Scientology do for the world? "... in education, helping people with illiteracy, second language students, all that stuff. The drug rehabilitation programmes have the highest success rate of any in the world.

Who are the people in Scientology? "...people who are working really hard to make a difference in a cynical world. It's very grass roots, its not closed off at all, they are so involved with the community. You go there and it's like the city councilmen and people working with charities and that kind of stuff. They are highly involved and recognized in that."

And what should people think about Scientology? "The point is it's important to make your own judgments on your own experience, and not on third or fourth-hand information. But opinion is made in strange ways. I've read horrible things about good friends of mine, or myself. I remember when I came out I read I was the worst thing that ever happened to music. But like anything that's an alternative to the conventional means, it's going to cause controversy."

Friday, March 25, 2005

Scientology Gains Religious Recognition in Africa

The governments of Tanzania and Zimbabwe have officially recognized Scientology as a religion, while the Zimbabwean government has additionally confirmed Scientology churches to be tax-exempt.

Scientology Religious Recognition in Tanzania and Zimbabwe

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Article by the President of the Church of Scientology International

National Sunshine Week was a very important event that not enough people heard about. If you are concerned about the growth of government secrecy then you need to find out about National Sunshine Week: Let's Celebrate National Sunshine Week by Rev. Heber C. Jentzsch

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Narconon Arrowhead gains Permanent Certification

On March 14, 2005, Narconon Arrowhead, the largest residential drug rehabilitation facility in the United States, received permanent certification from the Board of Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. The Narconon program utilizes the discoveries of L. Ron Hubbard in the field of drug rehabilitation.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Article about Scientologist Paul Haggis

After the movie "Million Dollar Baby," which Haggis wrote the screenplay for, won four Oscars, he has become a hot property in Hollywood. The article: A filmmaker seizes on life's gray zones

Interview with Scientologist Erika Christensen

An interview with Erika Christensen about her life and her new film. One question she is asked is "Do you think Scientology keeps you out of trouble?"

Staying busy keeps Erika Christensen out of the news

Monday, March 21, 2005

Church of Scientology Hosts Event to establish Human Rights Organization

An article about the founding of the "European Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance" Now, European group takes action against religious discrimination

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Teenagers Unite to end Violence

Yesterday, a hundred teenagers participated in an interfaith youth forum at the Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills in Los Angeles. Young Sikhs, Methodists, Catholics and others came together to raise public awareness and thereby bring about action to end teenage violence.

Friday, March 18, 2005

Life has changed for the better for Excelsior Scientologist who donated a kidney

A story of a Scientologist who donated a kidney and how things are a year later:
Life has changed, for the better, a year after transplant surgery

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Victory in Scientology Human Rights Case

The "most religiously intolerant state in Western Europe" is found guilty of violating the rights of a German Scientologist: Germany's Highest Administrative Court Rules Against Bavarian Ministry of the Interior In Scientology Human Rights Case

Tsunami Disaster Relief Continues

News of Rohn and Vikki Walker in Thailand and Indonesia: Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Updates

Monday, March 14, 2005

Friday, March 11, 2005

A Scientology Volunteer Minister From Michigan Tells His Story

Here is a news article on Randy Meyers from Battle Creek, Michigan: Scientologist 'assists' victims of tsunami

P.S. The description of Scientology in the article is incorrect. For an accurate description go to "What Is Scientology?"

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Scientology helps Kirstie Alley come up with "Fat Actress"

"Alley, a devotee of Scientology, said she did 'some different Scientology activities' that promote personal responsibility. She would, she decided, lose weight and write something to suit her sense of humor." Full story: Kirstie Alley proves she's 'still in the game'

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

The Latest on Asian Disaster Relief

While most aid agencies have left the Tsunami disaster areas the Scientology Volunteer Ministers continue to help where help is most needed: Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Updates

Monday, March 07, 2005

Children are our future

So often the news media presents negative images of youth, so it's great to hear about positive actions being taken by young people to help improve the world: New Newspaper for Youth Hits London Streets

The newspaper mentioned here is also available online at: Youth for Human Rights: International News

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Newest Scientology Mission Opens in Los Feliz

The newest Scientology Mission just opened in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles: Hollywood Stars open newest Scientology Mission in Los Feliz

Thursday, March 03, 2005

The First international video conference on human trafficking

The disgusting practice of human trafficking must be stopped. Youth for Human Rights International holds a video conference to highlight what goes on and what can be done to stop it: Actress Lynsey Bartilson Demands Youth Activism to End Modern Slavery

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Isaac Hayes

Here is a review of a concert given by Scientologist Isaac Hayes: Hayes And Confused

Monday, February 28, 2005

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Where did all the money go?

A human rights relief team has just returned from a fact-finding mission to tsunami hit Sri Lanka. They came back with a major question: "What happened to the billions of dollars reportedly donated for tsunami relief?

NGOS Shoulder the Relief Effort In Sri Lanka

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Important Human Rights Organization Founded In Europe

The European Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance has just been founded in Denmark. Board members of the new foundation include Catholic, Muslim, Hindu and Scientologist representatives along with law and police experts.

Church of Scientology Hosts Launch of Human Rights Organization

Executive Director, the Danish Institute for Human Rights Morten Kjaerum, was awarded for his outstanding achievements in human rights advocacy.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

2005 Tribute to African-American Achievement Honors Entertainers, Educators and Humanitarians

The Dream Maker Awards were held on Saturday at the Church of Scientology’s Fort Harrison hotel in Clearwater: 2005 Tribute to African-American Achievement Honors Entertainers, Educators and Humanitarians

Monday, February 21, 2005

More Help For Tsunami Victims In Thailand

Another story of effective help being delivered by Scientology Volunteer Ministers

Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Updates

Thursday, February 17, 2005

New Scientology Churches Open Around The World

The years 2003 and 2004 saw a number of beautifully renovated buildings launched in grand style as new Churches of Scientology were opened in the USA, South Africa and Spain: A Look Back at Churches of Scientology Opened

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

A Personal Story From A Volunteer Minister in The Tsunami Disaster Area

Rosi Mortensen gives her personal story of helping the survivors of the Tsunami: Tsunami Survivors Aid - Asian Disaster Relief - A Profile

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Sri Shivarathreshwara Shivayogigala Jathta Mahothsava Religious Festival

The President of the Church of Scientology International attended the 13th annual religious festival in Suttur, IndiaPresident of the Church of Scientology International Pays Tribute to the East - the Home of Spirituality

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Training Tsunami Victims To Help Each Other

The large number of people affected by the Tsunami makes it impossible for a few hundred Volunteer Ministers to help everyone affected using one-on-one techniques for handling trauma. The solution? Train the people to help each other.

Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Updates - 10 Feb 2005

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Tsunami Survivor Aid - Update

The word from those on the ground in the disaster areas is that more help is needed: Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Updates

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Jive Aces Swing Band Teams up with Churches of Scientology to Say "NO" to Drugs

Artists have an impact on society. Do they impact it for better or worse? The Jive Aces have decided to make a difference by making a positive impact: Jive Aces Team up with Churches of Scientology to Say "NO" to Drugs

Monday, February 07, 2005

Latest Update From India

The latest update from India. Volunteer Ministers, Buddhist Monks and Rotary Club members work together in the recovery efforts: Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Update -- India

The Story of a 15-year-old Volunteer in the Asian Disaster Area

15-year-old Max McFarlane tells his story: Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Updates

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Personal Stories From The Asian Disaster Area

Six weeks after the tsunami some Volunteer Ministers are sharing their experiences helping people in the disaster area: Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Updates

Friday, February 04, 2005

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Helping Children In Sri Lanka Return To School

One would assume that once the schools were open again in Sri Lanka, after the devastating tsunami, that the children could return. However, it was not quite that simple until the human rights relief team got busy: News from the Church of Scientology International Human Rights Office: Children Back to School Thanks to Relief Team's Donation

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Great New Human Rights Website

The Human Rights Director of the Church of Scientology International has just opened a "Human Rights News Forum" with the purpose "to be a resource and forum to unite and strengthen what all of us are doing to protect and guarantee human rights for all peoples of Earth, and to acknowledge those who are making a difference and support them in their work."

Announcement of the site: Church of Scientology International Announces the Launch of a New Human Rights Newsroom and Forum

You can find the new site here: Human Rights - Church of Scientology International

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Human Rights Relief Team In Disaster Area

A Human Rights Relief team sent to Sri Lanka by the International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance with the support of Church of Scientology International is now reviewing the scene on the ground.: Human Rights Relief Team Now Fact Finding on the Ground

Monday, January 31, 2005

Members of the Churches of Scientology Joined Largest-ever Religious Delegation Granted Audience by the Pope

On Wednesday, Jan 26th, members of Churches of Scientology were among leaders of different faiths who joined the largest group of rabbis and other Jewish delegates to be granted audience by the Pope.

Read the full story here" Pope meets members of religious tolerance organization

Friday, January 28, 2005

American Volunteer Ministers Join International Teams in Indonesia

Here is the story of two American VMs and what they have experienced while helping with disaster relief in Indonesia: American Volunteer Ministers Join International Teams in Indonesia

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Disaster Relief News - 26th Jan 2005

More miracles occurring with Scientology assists. Over 4500 people trained on assists.

More news: Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Wednesday 26 January 2005

Disaster Relief News - 25th Jan 2005

Despite the devastation of the tsunamis, hope is returning to Banda Aceh. Businesses are reopening; small shops are springing up; there are ten times more people at the market this week than last; produce is displayed and taxis are even returning to the city streets.

More news: Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Tuesday 25 January 2005

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Disaster Relief News

The Church of Scientology International is calling for more support and volunteers to help the thousands of people who still need help to get on with their lives and have hope for the future.

Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Monday 24 January 2005

Monday, January 24, 2005

"12 Days of War" - A personal account of the Tsunami Relief Efforts by a Scientology Volunteer Minister

Here is a personal account from a Scientology Volunteer Minister of his experiences in Thailand in the first 12 days of the relief efforts: "12 Days of War" - A personal account of the Tsunami Relief Efforts by a Scientology Volunteer Minister

Thursday, January 20, 2005

2,350 trained by Scientology Ministers in the Disaster Area

The Volunteer Ministers (VMs) have now trained 2,350 people to give assists. In Banda Aceh, Indonesia, the VMs and some of those they have trained are operating in refugee camps located around the city and in the neighboring villages. An additional team of VMs arrived in India from Britain, while a South African team flew into Madagascar, an area that has so far received relatively little attention in the relief effort.

Latest News: Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Thursday 20 January 2005

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

While Others Pull Out, The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Stay To Help

Many of those who came to help in the aftermath of the tsunami are now pulling out. For example, four-fifths of the volunteer organizations that were operating in Banda Aceh ten days ago have left. The international media are departing as well. Notwithstanding, the need of help is still great as local communities face the major task of reconstruction.

Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Wednesday 19 January 2005

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Tuesday 18 January 2005

As communities attempt to rebuild after the tsunami, the Volunteer Minister (VM) teams in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand are increasingly moving onto the next phase - helping in the process of reconstruction.

Asian Disaster Relief - News from India - 17th January 2005

Monday, January 17, 2005

Scientology Volunteer Ministers - Tsunami Aid - Something CAN be done about it

Around the world, members of the Scientology Volunteer Minister corps, known as VMs, heard the news of the disaster and began packing. Soon after the world heard the news of the disaster teams from the United States, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Europe and Taiwan were on their way to the hardest-hit spots in Asia to give assistance and help coordinate relief efforts. No strangers to this type of activity, Scientology Volunteer Ministers have, for more than a quarter century, crossed national, racial, political and religious boundaries in more than 150 countries to help people deal with sudden upheavals and restore order, dignity and happiness to their lives.

Asian Disaster Relief - The story so far: Scientology Volunteer Ministers

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Volunteer Ministers Training Disaster Victims to Help Themselves

The challenge for relief workers is to provide help on a scale that is commensurate with the scope of the disaster. Because the number of people needing help is beyond what the Volunteer Ministers can deal with on a one-to-one basis, they have been training others. As relief workers, doctors and nurses witness the effectiveness of these simple techniques, there is an increasing demand for this training. So far, the VMs have trained more than 1200 people in the disaster areas on how to administer assists. One hospital is flying in a team of nurses to Aceh in Indonesia to be trained. The leader of a physical therapy association has requested training for his group, while many of the relatives of those injured in the disaster are also learning how to do Scientology assists.

Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Saturday 15 January 2005

Friday, January 14, 2005

More Positive News From Asian Disaster Area

The Volunteer Ministers are continuing to train others in how to administer assists, giving workshops on the subject in the areas affected by the disaster. In Indonesia, medical staffs have been so impressed with the results from assists that one hospital administrator has asked the VMs to train 300 nurses.

Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Friday 14 January 2005

Thursday, January 13, 2005

More "Miracles as Usual" from the Disaster Area

Assists are techniques developed by L. Ron Hubbard. They operate on the principle that one tends to withdraw mentally or spiritually from an injured area. Only by restoring communication with this area can one bring the spiritual element into healing, thereby greatly speeding the healing process. Assists are used to alleviate stress and physical aches and pains, or to orient a confused or distraught individual to his present environment.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers use assists extensively to help those hurt both physically and spiritually in the disaster area. The results are quite miraculous : Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Thursday 13 January 2005

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Tuesday 12 January 2005

To provide additional relief, two more teams of Volunteer Ministers have now left Britain for India and the Maldives. More news from Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka: Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Tuesday 12 January 2005

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Tuesday 11 January 2005

In India, Thailand and Sri Lanka, the task of the Volunteer Ministers (VMs) is shifting over from handling the devastation and ministering to those in shock, to assisting the survivors to rebuild their communities. Plus more news from Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka: Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Tuesday 11 January 2005

Monday, January 10, 2005

Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Monday 10 January 2005

More Volunteer Ministers (VMs) have arrived over the last few days in Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. In Aceh, in Sumatra, the VMs visited an area that bore the full brunt of the tsunami. More ... Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) Update - Monday 10 January 2005

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Endangered Sea Turtle Rescued and Revived

Amidst relief efforts to help thousands of Indonesian people left homeless by the recent tsunamis, a Volunteer Minister received an unusual request: Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Updates

Positive News from the Disaster Area

More Volunteer Ministers continue to arrive at the disaster sites, with many more on their way. The VMs’ efforts are sincerely appreciated by the government, military and medical officials in whose countries they are operating: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and India. ... more: Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) - Update Saturday 8 January 2005

Friday, January 07, 2005

Asian Disaster Relief - Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) - Friday 7 January 2005

The Volunteer Ministers’ relief work continues in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. Hundreds of people, including government officials and members of other relief organizations, have contacted the VMs in order to work with them in helping those affected by the disaster.

Latest News: Asian Disaster Relief Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Updates - Jan 7th

Thursday, January 06, 2005

More News: Scientologists Helping Tsunami Victims

Citizens and businesses open their purses
The South African Church of Scientology has established all its Churches as drop-off points for clothes and other goods to help tsunami victims.
Utahns join effort to aid Asia victims
Salt Lake resident Kimberly Hunter is among hundreds of volunteer ministers from the Church of Scientology en route to areas hard-hit by the tsunami
Scientologists join Aussie experts
AUSTRALIAN disaster victim identification (DVI) experts are being helped by Church of Scientology volunteers to preserve bodies of tsunami victims in Thailand.

Asian Disaster Relief - Church of Scientology - Volunteer Ministers Update - Thursday 6 January 2005

Volunteer Ministers (VMs) are working with disaster relief services in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. Reports from Indonesia and Thailand: Asian Disaster Relief - Church of Scientology - Volunteer Ministers Update - Thursday 6 January 2005

Church of Scientology leads appeal for Thousands of Volunteers

The Church of Scientology International is calling for thousands of volunteers to help bring aid to the four major disaster areas of Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka as part of ongoing relief efforts for victims of the worst Tsunami in recorded history. Hundreds of Volunteer Ministers have already been dispatched to these areas. Full story: Thousands Needed To Aid Disaster Victims Abroad - Church Leads "Something Can Be Done About It" Volunteer Ministry

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Asian Disaster Relief - Volunteer Ministers Update Tuesday 4 January 2005

Latest news of relief and recovery efforts from the disaster area: Asian Disaster Relief - Volunteer Ministers Update Tuesday 4 January 2005

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Scientology Volunteer Ministers In South-East Asia

Scientology Volunteer Ministers in South-East Asia are doing all they can to help the victims of the disaster. The International VM Hotline is receiving hundreds of calls from people offering help and donations.

To help call 1-800-435-7498 or (323) 960-1949 or e-mail

Latest News of Relief Efforts

Monday, January 03, 2005

Latest News On Volunteer Minister's Relief Efforts

With the blessing of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Buddhist monks from Mysore, India are now enroute to Chennai, India with a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers. They are bringing medical supplies, equipment and spiritual aid to those in need.

Latest News: Scientology Volunteer Ministers News on Tsunami Relief in South East Asia

Disaster Relief Agencies

Here is a link to a page listing many disaster relief agencies who are accepting contributions to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami of December 26th, 2004:

Disaster Relief Agencies and Hotline Numbers

The page also contains a list of phone numbers if you are looking for information on relatives or family in the affected areas:

Emergency Hotline Numbers

Saturday, January 01, 2005