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!