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Scientology Volunteer MInisters Help After Philippines Typhoons

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

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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.

Church of Scientology Pasadena Opening Ceremony

Monday, September 6th, 2010

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

Renovations to Church of Scientology Chapel in Pasadena

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

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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Church of Scientology in Pasadena Renovations

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Renovations have begun on the new home of the Church of Scientology in Pasadena, California.

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The east side of the 3rd floor has been transformed from a lot of small office suites into a large academy for delivering auditor training.

As the renos progress we will be posting more photographs.  

 

 

Pasadena Parishioners Mark 60th Anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

On December 10th 2008 the Mayor of Pasadena and the Consul General of the Philippines attended an event at our new Church of Scientology in Pasadena to mark the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

scientology pasadena human rights event

scientology pasadena human rights event

Watch the Human Rights Public Service announcements created by Youth for Human Rights.

“In the course of this year, unprecedented efforts must be made to ensure that every person in the world can rely on just laws for his or her protection. In advancing all human rights for all, we will move towards the greatest fulfillment of human potential, a promise which is at the heart of the Universal Declaration.”

High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour

Pasadena Parishioners Gather in New Church of Scientology Building

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

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Twenty years ago the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) launched the Freewinds, a motor vessel based in the Caribbean.  The purpose of the Freewinds is to provide a retreat for religious study and counselling.

Last night the Pasadena parishioners of the Church of Scientology got together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Freewinds Maiden voyage. the event was held in the Braley Building, the future home of our church in Pasadena.  Although the renovations are not yet complete, we were welcomed into the chapel

We saw a video of the social programs the IAS has funded this year. We’re proud to know that our church is active on the front lines of society and it was heartwarming to listen to the people we’ve worked with around the world say that we can be relied on to get the job done.

Our Volunteer MInisters have been very busy this year with all the natural disasters that have occurred – we heard from firefighters in Southern California, the Red Cross in the Phillipines, teachers and religious leaders in India and monks in Myanmar. The VMs are getting known all over for their work in disaster relief.

When you see a natural disaster on the news - a fire, flood or earthquake that devastates the lives of people in a community – keep your eyes peeled for the yellow shirts of the VMs. We’ll be there to help

 

 

 

 

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.

International Association of Scientologists Pasadena Member’s Ball

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

On Saturday night the International Association of Scientologists (IAS) held a Members’ Ball at the stately  Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa, Pasadena, CA.  It is a AAA Five Diamond Hotel and the building has been a landmark in Pasadena since 1923. 

Langham Pasadena

If you’re not familiar with the Langham, it’s headquartered in London and was Europe’s first grand hotel.  It opened in 1865.

The Ball was held in the Huntington Ballroom and about 500 people came to see those who recently supported the the humantarian projects of the IAS get acknowledged. 

huntington ballroom pasadenaWhat kind of work does the IAS do? 

They support the Youth for Human Rights Leadership Campaigns in Africa, literacy programs in the US and other parts of the world,  drug education in schools and drug rehab programs in many countries.  

 Once the awards were done, we enjoyed a superb meal and spent time chatting to people we had not seen in a while as there were Scientologists there from LA and Orange County, not just the Pasadena Parishioners.

Then we were treated to some excellent entertainment that had the crowd on their feet.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was a large contingent of Pasadena Parishioners at the Ball.  One family had a group of about twenty people representing three generations!

 

Church of Scientology Pasadena Parishioners Share Their Views

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

One of the community programs we’re most proud of is our Volunteer Ministers (VMs). They help out locally and internationally. Our Pasadena VMs worked at the California fires in the San Gabriel Valley recently.

scientology pasadena volunteer ministers

In December 2007 a team of seven Scientology Volunteer Ministers traveled to Uganda to help flood victims. More than 300,000 people were displaced, their food crops and livestock destroyed by the effects of months of heavy rain.

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One team just flew in to Myanmar to work with other relief organizations after the cyclone. The official death toll nearly doubled to 78,000 as heavy rains lashed much of the area stricken two weeks ago, further hampering relief efforts.

We will follow their story as we get news from them