Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Working with David Miscavige

Mr. David Miscavige is the leader of the Scientology Religion. He has been the impetus behind the Church of Scientology's many programs to curb drug abuse, promote human rights and assist in disaster areas.

Here is a fascinating statement from a man who has worked with Mr. Miscavige for 24 years: Witness Statement Of David Bloomberg.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Time in the Sea Organization of the Church of Scientology

The Sea Organization is the religious order of the Church of Scientology. Many religions have religious orders, in the Catholic Church this often consists of monks and nuns who swear oaths of chastity and poverty. They dedicate themselves to their religion and to helping others, e.g. Mother Teresa is an outstanding example of this.

For a good description of the Sea Organization and why it is called the "Sea" Org read the article here: The Sea Organization, The Religious Order Of Scientology.

I was in the Sea Org for a couple of years. In that time I worked in the staff training area, training executives in the Church's administrative technology.

I enjoyed it, I learned a lot, the job had its tough times and its fun times and I made many good friends.

It was very clear from the start that I was working in a religious fraternity. We didn't wear monks' garb and we didn't pray several times a day but we were definitely and without doubt working in a religious capacity.

I was in the Sea Org at Saint Hill in England, which is a beautiful place (that's what you see in the picture above). I loved to take walks in the gardens in front of the Manor house. It was so peaceful and serene there.

I've moved to the US since I left the Sea Org but recently, on Facebook, I've found old friends I knew there. It's so cool to be able to connect up again despite the distance between us.

Both my kids were recently in the Sea Org, over here in the States. Their experiences were very similar to mine and both have many good friends from their time serving our Church.

Sorry I couldn't be more controversial or put some exciting conflict in there like the news media always manages to, but often the truth is not as entertaining as fiction.

If you have any questions about the Sea Org then I'd be happy to answer them. Just make sure you follow my blog guidelines.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

L. Ron Hubbard's Birthday - A Religious Holiday in Spain

The Foundation for Pluralism of the Spanish Ministry of Justice has added the birth date of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard to its calendar of religious holidays.

Read more here: Birthday of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard a Religious Holiday in Spain

Friday, March 26, 2010

Latest News on Haiti

Although the tremors have stopped and the Haitian earthquake has become old news to the ever panting media, the actual disaster is still a reality. People still need food, clothing and shelter and with the rainy season on its way the potential for human suffering is still very high.

Luckily, disaster recovery agencies such as the Red Cross and many others have not forgotten about Haiti. One such agency is the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology.

And, because this is a blog about Scientology, I'm going to highlight some of their work here:

- Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Miami Load Cargo Ship for Haiti
- More from Miami--Loading supplies onto the ship
- Cassandra Hepburn--Back in Haiti
- Local Scientology member forgoes break to assist in Haiti
- Update: Representatives of the Miami Haitian Community Award Scientology Volunteer Ministers for Haiti Disaster Relief Effort

You can keep up to date on developments in Haiti here: Volunteer Ministers' Blog

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Scientology Case Forces Russia to Obey Human Rights Conventions

The final decision in a case brought by two Scientology Churches in Russia was handed down on March 8th. The victory by the two churches is not just a win for the religion of Scientology but also for all religions in Russia.

Bottom line: the arbitrary law that prevents the registration of a religious organization unless it meets some extreme requirements, is a violation of human rights conventions.

You can read the full story here: Church of Scientology–Final Judgment of European Court of Human Rights Defend Religious Freedom

Monday, March 15, 2010

Scientology Volunteer Ministers help reopen Catholic School in Haiti

The situation in Haiti is better, but much help is still needed to get the country back on its feet. One important step is to get schools reopened and children back to getting an education.

In Port-au-Prince the first school to reopen and recommence teaching is the Filles de Marie-Auxiliatrice School. The school is run by the Silesian Sisters, a Catholic order, and one important factor that helped them was the Scientology Volunteer Ministers from Mexico.

Read the entire article here: Haiti: First Port-au-Prince School Re-Opens and Back in Service Thanks to the Work of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers

Friday, March 12, 2010

Scientology: Question about teen sexual activity

Steph asked: Some are concerned about the high rates of teen sexual activity in America. Do you share that concern? What does your religion teach about sexual intimacy before marriage?

I am concerned about the high rate of teen pregnancies and the consequences for both the young mothers and the children.

"Be faithful to your sexual partner" and "don't be promiscuous" are the moral codes that we follow in this area. They are both covered in the Way To Happiness.

Sunday, March 07, 2010