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Scientology Parishioners and Medical Treatment

Monday, January 5th, 2009

For some strange reason there seems to be a huge misconception about what members of the Church of Scientology – in Pasadena and around the world – believe about medical treatment and medication.

Unlike some other religions, we have no disagreement with medical treatment and we are not averse to getting help from medical practitioners. In fact, the church’s position on medical treatment and medical drugs is quite clear:-

The Church of Scientology has always had the firm policy of not diagnosing or treating the sick.

Scientology policy is adamant that no true spiritual progress can be expected if underlying medical conditions remain untreated.

Medical doctors are trained to deal with the physical aspects of illness and injury. A Scientologist with a physical condition is always advised and supported to seek and obtain the needed examination and treatment of a qualified medical professional.

Once under medical treatment, a Scientologist then can address his illness or injury with Scientology counseling to handle any spiritual trauma or other factors connected with that physical condition which may have predisposed him to illness or injury. There are also many medical doctors who are Scientologists themselves.

I have been a member of the Church of Scientology for 40 years. I have raised four kids and over the years every member of my family has had to seek medical attention at one time or another. Active, athletic kids get into scrapes and break bones. My husband had a heart attack ten years ago.  He survived thanks to the doctors and the hospital treatment he received. He takes medication every day of his life now.

I had a very serious car accident and without the excellent medical help I received at UCLA Medical Center I’d be dead.

What we don’t do is take street drugs or mind altering psychiatric drugs of any kind.

Scientologists believe that psychotropic or street drugs damage a person physically, mentally and spiritually. They decrease awareness and hinder abilities.

Many people turn to these drugs as a “solution” to some other problem, only to find that the drugs have become a bigger problem.

But medical help that is needed is always sought.

Womens Auxiliary of Church of Scientology Pasadena

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Last year more than 40 Latino families in the LA area got a helping hand from the women’s auxiliary of the Church of Scientology in Pasadena.

For many children, going back to school can be a daunting experience. These kids benefitted from a donation from the women’s auxiliary that made it possible for them to arrive with a backpack full of school supplies instead of coming empty-handed.

Members of the women’s auxiliary of the Church of Scientology in Pasadena donated 46 backpacks to the Latino Family Preservation Program, an arm of the County of Los Angeles’ Department of Children and Family Services whose mission is to be the “glue” that keeps Latino families together. The LFPP helps ensure children stay with their families rather than end up in the foster care system.

For many years, the Church of Scientology has supported the Latino Family Preservation Program with donations at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and of course in mSetptember at the start of the school year. 

Church of Scientology Pasadena Parishioners Having Fun Bowling

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Here are some photos of our group at the bowling alley on Saturday night.

scientology pasadena bowling fundraiser

Some families came with three generations.  And even the very young joined in the fun and learned to bowl

young ones learnto bowl in pasadena

Some of the teenagers showed us how to do it in style.

teenagers bowling in style

And the results were awesome!

strike at the scientology pasadena bowling party

A very successful fundraiser that will help us renovate our beautiful new building for the Church of Scientology in Old Town Pasadena.


Scientology Pasadena Parishioners Go Bowling

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Image: Jule Berlin

Last night about 100 of the Scientology Pasadena Parishioners went out for a night of bowling.  What a lot of fun!  Many of us had not bowled for years, so as you can imagine the skill level was all over the boards. I had not bowled for about twenty years.  I was surprised that I was still fairly good at it. 

Ages ranged from teenagers to a few in their seventies.

We bowled at the Bahama Lanes and the service was great. All the staff are friendly and helpful.

The purpose of the evening – apart from just having a good time and hanging out together – was to raise funds.

Some companies bought lanes and brought their staff along to bowl.   I’ll post the photographs as soon I get them.