These are the stories of the parishioners of the Church of Scientology in Pasadena, California.

We’re a group of people of all ages and races. Some of us have been a part of this group for 40 years and some have just joined.

We work in all kinds of jobs and professions – attorneys, schoolteachers, entrepreneurs, artists, actors and plumbers.

Our aim is to share our stories with others who are genuinely interested in Scientology. If you want to know what it is, how we use it in our lives, how we interact with our community locally and around the world, read on.

We welcome questions and comments from anyone who wants to have a real conversation with us. We believe in tolerance and communication. We do, however, reserve the right not to post any hate mail.

July 3rd, 2015

Scientology Volunteer MInisters Help After Philippines Typhoons

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In the last year Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology have helped over 200,000 of people in the Philippines who were affected by typhoons.

Typhoon Rammasun left 82 people dead and 40,000 homes destroyed. Then came Typhoon Hagupit in December, pounding the Philippines islands for three days and leaving more death and destruction.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers were on the ground after th typhoons hit providing anything needed—food, water, clothing, tents, a kind word, and, of course, what the Volunteer Ministers are most known for—Scientology assists, simple procedures to alleviate the spiritual component of physical pain, shock or emotional trauma. Volunteer Ministers give these assists to anyone in need, and teach them to anyone who wants to help another.

They first coordinated with other relief groups and local officials to determine the greatest need, and they went to work. They traveled 340 miles by boat, bicycle, trolley and any other conveyance at hand to reach remote, hard-hit areas. They organized food and water and got it into the hands of those who needed it. They helped residents clean up their homes—or helped them search in the rubble of a fallen house for cherished family possessions.

In a tent city set up for the newly homeless, the Volunteer Ministers set about helping dazed and frightened children. They fed them, played games, sang songs, and gave assists to help them recover from the shock of the disaster, bringing smiles to the faces of 2,000 children in one camp. In another, they distributed relief goods to over 4,000 families and gave hundreds of assists.

May 5th, 2014

Ladies with Babies at Pasadena Church of Scientology

This weekend the Scientology Pasadena parishioners organized another “Ladies with Babies” event.  There was food, fun and plenty of interesting exhibitors for mums with toddlers. 35 women signed up for the VIP luncheon catered by Whole Foods and heard a panel of mothers talk about how it is possible to take care of yourself and reach higher states of awareness while being a great mom.

 

Moms and kids having fun at the Ladies with Babies event.

Yummy tacos and dessert from the bake sale table.

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June 26th, 2013

Drug-Free World Joins SGV Boy Scout Annual Expo

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World, a community outreach program of the Church of Scientology, participated in the San Gabriel Valley Boy Scout’s Annual Expo at the Santa Anita Racetrack for the first time this year. The Church of Scientology has long been a supporter of scouting. L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, became an Eagle Scout at the age of 13.

The Foundation was invited to participate in the Expo by Charlie Wilson, The Rose Bowl District Manager for San Gabriel Valley Boy Scout Council after he had attended their recent Drug Forum at the Church of Scientology in Pasadena, CA.

Drug education is part of the requirement for scouts to fulfill their Second Class Rank. Section 9a states: “Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family.”

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World booth was manned by Pasadena parishioners.  They set up a mini theater where 20 minutes of the “Truth about Drugs” DVD was screened every half-hour. The sections on the introduction, alcohol and marijuana were shown at these screenings, as these are the most popular and easily accessible drugs.

Certificates of completion were given to the scouts who watched the presentation as part of their 2nd class rank requirement 9a. Each scout was advised that as part of the requirement they had to discuss what they had learned with their family and explain the dangers of drug addiction to fulfill the complete 9a requirement. Each scout was also given several copies of the “Truth about Drugs” booklet to share with others.

Scout leaders and parents were able to request more information, get copies of the booklets, or book a drug education talk for their group. The Foundation for a Drug-Free World was awarded a presidential ribbon for their booth by the organizers of the Expo.

March 18th, 2011

VM Disaster Relief in Japan Funded by Grant from the International Association of Scientologists

On Friday 11 March at 2:46pm local time, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan, immediately followed by 6.8 and 7.3 magnitude2 aftershocks. This is the fourth largest earthquake in the world since recordings began in 19002. The quake triggered a 23 feet high (7 meters) tsunami across a 1,300 mile coastline, taking with it buildings, trees, cars, boats, ships and trains several miles inland.

The disaster has left over 590,000 people homeless and living in temporary shelters. An estimated 4.4 million more are without electricity and another million homes without water. The death toll is being estimated as reaching more than 10,000.

To make matters worse, tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from a 30 mile radius area of a nuclear power plant that was damaged by the earthquake, threatening a radiation leak.

VMs TAKE ACTION

The Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology in Japan instantly responded to the disaster and an international call for help has been issued to all VMs with experience in disaster response to come to Japan, as hundreds of VMs will be needed to assist the people of Japan. Volunteer Minister units in Japan, Australia and New Zealand have been activated and are in the process of setting up disaster response logistics.

The International Association of Scientologists (IAS) immediately granted funds for VM disaster relief efforts. The grant will cover all costs necessary to not only transport  VMs into the disaster zones, but also to transport other disaster response specialists from other parts of the world.  The grant also covers the costs of emergency equipment, medical supplies, food, tents, sleeping bags, communication devices and all other support for the VMs in the disaster area.

September 6th, 2010

Church of Scientology Pasadena Opening Ceremony

Church of Scientology Pasadena California opening ceremony

Over 4,200 local Scientologists attended the Grand Opening of the new Church of Scientology of Pasadena.

Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, officiated, welcoming dignitaries, parishioners and guests to the Church’s new 58,000-square-foot facility in Old Pasadena.

David Miscavige Church of Scientology Pasadena

Also commemorating the occasion was Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard. Mayor Bogaard welcomed the new Church to the city: “With this beautifully restored structure in Old Pasadena, the Church of Scientology represents not only a growing religion, but an important factor in the future of this city. … So, it is a pleasure for me to extend a cordial welcome to you and this extraordinary Church of Scientology of Pasadena with its long history of service to the community.”

Mayor Bill Bogaard at the opening of the new Church of Scientology in Pasadena CA

Pasadena Heritage board officer Teresa Grimes spoke of the appreciation for the city’s architectural legacy that is shared by the Pasadena Heritage Society she represents and the Church: “The Church of Scientology has purchased, rehabilitated and restored historic buildings throughout the world, and by doing so, has helped revitalize the communities in which they are located. …For not only have you preserved the physical past, you have also gone out of your way to care for tomorrow both culturally and spiritually. Your commitment to our community has been nothing less than outstanding, and I only hope that others will follow the example of the Church of Scientology.”

Teresa Grimes at Church of Scientology opening ceremony pasadena

Pasadena Ministerial Association President Dr. Nicholas Benson spoke on behalf of the interfaith community: “For all of Pasadena, this day represents more than an opportunity to welcome a friend to their new home. This is a Church, an open haven where we have the opportunity to help ourselves, our loved ones and the community. I encourage everyone to make the most of this Church, and like me, take what it has to offer.” Dr Benson spoke of his experiences with using L. Ron Hubbard’s Way to Happiness program to rehabilitate offenders and the remarkable drop in recidivism rate among those who do the program.

Dr Benson Church of Scientology pasadena CA

The building features a Chapel seating hundreds, a library containing all Church Scripture, as well as a multitude of seminar rooms, film rooms and volunteer work spaces for its many social betterment and community programs and projects in addition to course and counseling rooms to provide Scientology training and auditing for parishioners.

Church of Scientology Chapel Pasadena Ca

February 4th, 2010

Haiti Relief Fundraiser in Pasadena,CA

Last night a group of the Church of Scientology parishioners in Pasadena, CA gathered to hear about the work of our Volunteer Ministers now in Haiti. The International Association of Scientologists (IAS) is funding this relief effort. Volunteer Ministers are working alongside medical teams under grueling conditions, organizing delivery of food and water to the refugee camps and in some cases doing the jobs no one else wants to do – like cleaning toilets.

Folllow Ellen’s Twitter feed for updates on their activities and an inside look at what it’s like to be a volunteer in a disaster area.

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“A group of us went out to a refugee camp, delivering food and medical supplies, helping them organize. It was an open plot of land in a “residential” type area, kind of the equivalent “of a suburban area where each house is side by side and there is grass in the front”, except that here the houses are totally destroyed and there is a lot of uncut grass and rocky dirt road and goats running around.”  Ellen Bennet in Haiti

They need more volunteers because ther are not enough people to care for everybody there.  We hope our Fundraiser wil make it possible for a few more to go and help.

Our group in Pasdena totally supports our VMs in Haiti and we donated $4000 to the relief efforts last night.

February 3rd, 2010

What Are the Scientology VMs Doing in Haiti – Today Show

January 27th, 2010

John Travolta Flies Help to Haiti

NBC reported Monday that John Travolta would be flying aid to Haiti.

“The earthquake in Haiti has brought out all types of doctors, relief workers, celbrities and pilots. John Travolta fits most of those requirements. The avid flier is expected to hop on his personal Qantas 707 and pilot his family, 24 doctors, and ministers from the Scientologist church to Haiti to help in the relief effort. The plane, which will leave from Florida tonight, will also be carrying much-needed medical supplies for the thousands of Haitians still nursing devastating injuries.”

The actor and leading Scientologist flew his own Boeing 707 to the capital, Port-au-Prince, and helped unload six tons of ready-to-eat military rations and medical supplies. “We have the ability to actually help make a difference in the situation in Haiti and I just can’t see not using this plane to help,” said Travolta, (Source: Haitifeed.com)

 

Travolta was met by a team of Volunteer Ministers who are already in Haiti assisting victims of the earthquake.

travolta met in haiti by volunteer ministers

January 27th, 2010

Haiti Earthquake: Volunteer Ministers Bring Medical Help

haiti relief scienotlogy disaster responseThe Church of Scientology has organized two chartered flights to Haiti to take doctors, medical supplies and Volunteer Ministers to the stricken country.

The first Scientology Disaster Response Team arrived in Haiti Sunday January 17th.  They flew ut of  JFK in New York with 126 doctors and nurses from the Haitian Physicians Abroad, paramedics from the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Volunteer Ministers from a half-dozen states.

The 2nd flight, a 168-seat aircraft, took off from Los Angeles Thursday  January 21, stopped at Miami International Airport to pick up additional medical personnel and Volunteer Minister teams, and continued to Port-au-Prince.

haiti relief scientology disaster response teamMore than half those on this flight were medical professionals, including doctors and nurses from the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (Association des Medecins Haitiens a l’Etranger) and from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Also on board were Scientology Volunteer Ministers from cities across the United States. The Pasadena Parishioners are proud to support our Volunteer MInisters in Haiti and we’ll be keeping you updated on their activities.

 

 

September 16th, 2009

Renovations to Church of Scientology Chapel in Pasadena

The renovations are now well under way.  The chapel on the first floor of the building will of course be the hub of the Church and we’re looking forward to seeing the completed space soon.  Pasadena parishioners of the Church of Scientology were at the building on Sunday to pitch in as volunteers and help with the demolition.

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