Ribbon Falls on Ideal Org in the Birthplace of Scientology

June 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm (Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology, Scientology Religion, scientology.org) (, , )

Amid a burst of confetti and a flight of balloons, the ribbon was parted on the new Church of Scientology Ideal Organization of Phoenix on Saturday, June 23. More than 1,500 Scientologists, neighbors and dignitaries joined Church officials for the dedication ceremony.

Located on the southeast corner of 44th Street and Indianola Ave, the new Church stands just a mile south of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s historic home in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. It was there in 1952 he arrived at the monumental discovery that gave birth to the Scientology religion: the isolation, identification and exteriorization of the human spirit. During the formative years of the religion, Scientologists traveled to this city from across three continents to hear Mr. Hubbard speak. He delivered over 600 lectures in Phoenix—more than in any other city in the world. These lectures, along with seminal Scientology works he authored in Phoenix, comprise a significant portion of the religion’s fundamental scripture.

Signaling the historic import of the opening, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, dedicated the new Church. In honoring the moment, he told Phoenix parishioners: “You are about to embark on a new chapter in your history. And it all begins with an undying pledge to uphold that rare spirit of competence, compassion and benevolence with which L. Ron Hubbard originally founded Scientology. For only in that way will we ever achieve the Aims of Scientology, and thus that world without war; a world of which we can be proud, where the able can prosper, where honest beings have rights and all are free to rise to greater heights. And, yes, that is our responsibility as Scientologists. And, yes, it’s one we proudly embrace.”

Phoenix dignitaries welcoming the new Church included Mayor Greg Stanton; Arizona Interfaith Movement Founder and Executive Director Dr. Paul Eppinger; Higley Unified School District Community Programs and Policy Executive Director Tony Malaj; and West Mesa Justice of the Peace Mark Anderson.

Mayor Greg Stanton said in his salutatory address: “I consider myself to be a very lucky mayor today. Because there is only one city on Earth that can claim the title ‘Birthplace of Scientology’, and I’m proud that it’s right here in Phoenix. So congratulations to the Church of Scientology for your amazing Ideal Org.”

Arizona Interfaith Movement Founder and Executive Director Dr. Paul Eppinger highlighted Scientology’s role in the interfaith community: “The Church of Scientology has had strong, effective representatives on our board. Being so close to where L. Ron Hubbard lived, conceived, and wrote so many of the basic and original concepts of Scientology, it is natural for the Church of Scientology to be a vital part of the Arizona Interfaith Movement—and such you are!”

Higley Unified School District Community Programs and Policy Executive Director Tony Malaj spoke of the Church’s literacy and study programs: “There are teachers in Arizona public schools and charter schools today who are breaking through barriers and achieving a new level of success with their students as a result. I want you to know that you are helping those of us in education to achieve our mission.”

West Mesa Justice of the Peace Mark Anderson recognized the work of the Church to protect families in Arizona: “When I was in the Arizona Legislature, we guaranteed that parents would no longer be forced to put their children on damaging psychotropic drugs. That was a landmark victory for all of us. And I am proud to say that our success, in large part, was due to the dedication and hard work of staff and parishioners of the Church of Scientology.”

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The new 45,000-square-foot Church comprises a complex of buildings on a two-acre campus. The Church invites Phoenix residents to learn about Dianetics and Scientology in its expansive Public Information Center. Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the Center’s displays, which present informational and documentary films on the beliefs and practices of the religion, as well as the life and legacy of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. The Information Center further presents the full array of Church-sponsored humanitarian programs, including a worldwide human rights initiative; an equally far-reaching drug education, prevention and rehabilitation program; a global network of literacy and learning centers; and the Scientology Volunteer Minister program now comprising the world’s largest independent disaster relief force. In full, the Center’s multimedia displays contain more than 500 films, available at the touch of a button. The Center is open morning to night and visitors are welcome to return as often as they wish.

The Church’s Chapel provides for Scientology congregational gatherings, including Sunday Services, Weddings and Naming Ceremonies—as well as a host of community-wide events open to members of all faiths. The new Church further includes multiple seminar rooms and classrooms, in addition to dozens of rooms for Scientology auditing (spiritual counseling).

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The opening of the Phoenix Church marks the sixth new Ideal Organization (Org) to open its doors in 2012, including the Church of Scientology Denver, June 16; Church of Scientology Orange County, June 2; Church of Scientology Greater Cincinnati, February 25; Church of Scientology Sacramento, January 28; and Church of Scientology Hamburg, Germany, January 21.

Ideal Orgs realize the fulfillment of Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s vision for the religion. They not only provide the ideal facilities to service Scientologists on their ascent to greater states of spiritual awareness and freedom, each is also designed to serve as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift citizens of all denominations.

Other Ideal Orgs opened in recent years include Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; New York, New York; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Seattle, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; Pasadena, California; Inglewood, California; as well as Quebec City, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico; London, England; Melbourne, Australia; Brussels, Belgium; Madrid, Spain; Rome, Italy; Berlin, Germany; and Moscow, Russia.

Seven new Ideal Orgs are further scheduled for grand opening in 2012.

For a complete list of new Churches of Scientology, visit Scientology.org.

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The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 10,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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New Ideal Church of Scientology for the Mile-High City

June 30, 2012 at 6:15 pm (Uncategorized)

On Saturday, June 16, more than a thousand Scientologists, guests, and state and city dignitaries assembled in Lower Downtown Denver to dedicate a new Church of Scientology.

The Church stands one block from Coors Field in the heart of the Ballpark Neighborhood Historic District. The building, originally constructed in 1916 for the American Radiator Company, is a renowned example of Denver’s urban revitalization. The Church meticulously preserved the landmark’s original features, including the distinctive neo-classical entrance crafted from pure-white Colorado Yule Marble. Presenting all facilities and services of a 21st century Church of Scientology, the new Denver Church is designed to serve parishioners as well as the city and county of Denver long into the future.

The greater significance of the inauguration was prominently underscored by the presence of Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion.

Addressing the thousands of Scientologists, Mr. Miscavige said: “The moment you elected to take responsibility for Denver—to become Denver in the most meaningful sense—you invoked the very essence of that word responsibility. And consequent to that, it now becomes your responsibility to bring all our programs and technology to bear: To not just teach kids how to read, but to read with such passion it sparks a cultural renaissance. To not just cut drug consumption, but to end the misery once and for all. And to not just provide a moral compass, but a full-fledged technology for living based on a reverence for life. So, yes, some might say our goals are impossibly high. But as all great things must begin somewhere, then let it begin mile high—at your Ideal Church of Scientology Denver!”

Dignitaries joining in the dedication ceremonies were Denver Chief of Police Robert White; Denver City Council Member Albus Brooks; Lower Downtown (LoDo) Neighborhood Association President Josh Davies; Historic Denver Executive Director Annie Levinsky; and Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives Executive Director, Reverend Leon Kelly.

In his salutary address, Denver Chief of Police Robert White said: “From training our youth on drug prevention, to supporting us as part of Denver Police Department community outreach efforts, there are many roles I know I can depend on the Church of Scientology and each of your members to play. Collaboration is what will make this city stronger. I look forward to working with you and having the Church of Scientology as part of the team.”

Denver City Council Member Albus Brooks spoke of the Church’s progressive approach to education: “Education is at the core of all your humanitarian initiatives, your literacy and tutoring programs. Your programs are impressive, and the fact that they are universal demonstrates their value to the community. There’s plenty of talk out there, but you are one of those groups doing the work.”

Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives Executive Director, Reverend Leon Kelly, highlighted the Church’s dedication to helping others: “I want Denver’s kids to know real freedom. I want to witness a partnership to build a better community and a better future. Together we will achieve this. And I know this is just where the work begins for you. Well let’s together help Denver find freedom—and let’s take it right to the mountaintop! God bless each and every one of you.”

Historic Denver Executive Director Annie Levinsky commended the Church of Scientology for its restoration work: “This building has already seen nearly a century of activity—and thanks to your church it is poised to endure for at least another 100 years. We commend you for your efforts to rehabilitate not only this historic structure but so many others nationwide—and your responsibility for rejuvenating the sense of community in the process. So congratulations on opening a new chapter in the long story of this place and the evolving Renaissance of our city.”

And finally, LoDo Neighborhood Association President Josh Davies acknowledged the significance of this opening to downtown Denver: “There are many reasons I’m excited to see the Church of Scientology moving into the neighborhood. The philosophies of the church are universal and welcoming. I’m so pleased that this will be a communal gathering space where we can discuss ideas, form new relationships, and get involved in a variety of projects that will benefit our residents, business owners, visitors and friends. We look forward to seeing all of Denver walking through these doors.”

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The new, 44,000-square-foot Church provides Denver with an introduction to Dianetics and Scientology, beginning with the Public Information Center. Its displays, containing more than 500 films, present the beliefs and practices of the Scientology religion and the life and legacy of Founder L. Ron Hubbard. The Information Center also offers a detailed overview of the many Church-sponsored humanitarian programs—including a worldwide human rights education initiative; an equally far-reaching drug education, prevention and rehabilitation program; a global network of literacy and learning centers; and the Scientology Volunteer Minister program, now comprising the world’s largest independent relief force. The Center is open morning to night for visitors to tour at their leisure and return as often as they wish.

The new Church further includes dozens of classrooms and rooms for Scientology auditing (spiritual counseling), while the Chapel seats hundreds for congregational services as well as banquets, seminars and events in the name of community collaboration.

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The opening of Denver’s new Church of Scientology marks the fifth Scientology Ideal Organization (Org) to open in 2012. Others opened this year include: the Church of Scientology of Orange County on June 2; the Church of Scientology Greater Cincinnati on February 25; the Church of Scientology Sacramento on January 28; and the Church of Scientology Hamburg, Germany, on January 21.

Ideal Orgs realize the fulfillment of Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s vision for the religion. They not only provide the ideal facilities to service Scientologists on their ascent to greater states of spiritual awareness and freedom, but are also designed to serve as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift citizens of all denominations.

Further Ideal Orgs opened in recent years include Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; New York, New York; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Florida; Nashville, Tennessee; Seattle, Washington; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; Pasadena, California; Inglewood, California; as well as Quebec City, Canada; Mexico City, Mexico; London, England; Melbourne, Australia; Brussels, Belgium; Madrid, Spain; Rome, Italy; Berlin, Germany; and Moscow, Russia.

Eight new Ideal Orgs are additionally scheduled for grand opening in 2012.

For a complete list of new Churches of Scientology, visit Scientology.org.

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The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 10,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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Steven’s Creek (San Jose) Church of Scientology

June 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm (Uncategorized)

Steven's Creek (San Jose) Church of Scientology

Scientology Reboots Ideal Church
in Silicon Valley – Thousands of Bay Area Scientologists gathered on Saturday, June 9, to celebrate the rededication of the Church of Scientology Stevens Creek in San Jose. (ScientologyNews.org)

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