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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 www.scientology.org.
For more info see: Miami Herald: Religion and Values
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.
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.
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)
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