Scientology And Me

November 12, 2008

Scientology members in Malmö create their new Church!

The Skanska Dagbladet reports today that the Church of Scientology in Malmo (“Scientologikyrkan i Malmö”) has bought a new building with more than 5,000 square meters space (53819 ft²). The sweetest part of all: it’s a former sugar company’s building, Danicos, and it’s production facility can be used as a huge event hall!

Here is nice picture of the place:

Skanska Dagbladet

Reminds me of that great Church in Berlin that was opened in 2007. If you happen to read Swedish, click here for the öriginäl article

I had heard about this place a while ago and I am happy that the Swedish Scientologists managed to get the building! The Church of Scientology has been recognized in Sweden as a religious organization in November 1999 and received permission to perform marriages shortly after. The first legally binding Scientology wedding was celebrated in May 2000. I found some old photos of that, here is a good one:

Swedish Scientology Wedding

November 5, 2008

Scientology Volunteer Ministers India Goodwill Tour

Nearly four years since the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed onto the shore of southeastern India, work continues to rebuild the region itself and the lives of those who survived. Key players in this phase of recovery are the Scientology Volunteer Ministers.

Within days of the tsunami, Scientology Volunteer Ministers arrived in the region from all over the world to work with the search and rescue personnel and provide help to those who lost loved ones, homes and property. And when others returned home, a group of French Scientologists stayed on and made Pondicherry their new home and the full recovery of the region their mission.

Towns and cities have emerged from the initial devastation, which, according to the Government of India, amounted to some $2.56 billion. Having completed the initial recovery phase, concentration has now moved on to “development”, and “Disaster Risk Reduction” (DDR) has become the primary concentration of aid to the area. High on the list of DDR priorities is establishing community-based programs that prepare local residents on how to survive in times of calamity.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers India Goodwill Tour arrived in Pondicherry in August to certify members of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers group and provide disaster preparedness training based on the Scientology Handbook. The members of this tour, who are experts in this technology, have already trained police, fire departments, health care and relief workers and volunteers throughout India.

The defining characteristic of a disaster is disorganization and chaos, and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers courses on the basics of organizing and communication enable people to quickly set up new communication systems and infrastructure. They become skilled at restoring calm and getting people operating as a team to overcome the immediate threat from the environment.

Once the initial panic of a disaster is over, those trained in this program can confidently take on the next order of business—the survivors themselves. They learn how to speed up recovery from injury. This unburdens otherwise overloaded medical resources who need to concentrate on life-threatening injuries. Those trained in Scientology Disaster Relief can also bring survivors through loss and trauma so they can get on with their lives, care for their families and participate in the relief effort themselves.

What enables them to do this is the “Scientology Assist“. Developed by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Scientology religion, assists address the emotional and spiritual side of trauma, enabling the person to recover fully from injury, stress or shock.

For more information on the program, disaster response training and Goodwill Tours, visit the Scientology Volunteer Ministers web site.

November 4, 2008

Kelly Preston in UK!

Church of Scientology Gala: Kelly Preston Presents $82,000 Donation To Sussex Air Ambulance

November 3, 2008

Scientology Technology, Improving Family Relationships

In 1976 when he launched the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program, L. Ron Hubbard wrote, “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a VOLUNTEER MINISTER and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance.”

And just how they accomplish this is through the use of Scientology technology that gives people the tools they need to do well in life and help others do so too.

With booklets based on the Scientology Handbook, and courses designed to train people in the skills covered in each booklet, Scientology Volunteer Ministers are helping people every day in towns and cities all over the world.

Here is just one story, from a man who changed his whole way of dealing with his son from what he learned on three of these courses with the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Asian Goodwill Tour in Kin Men.

“In the past, my standard of handling my son was to make him ‘listen’ and put pressure on him if he wouldn’t. But the more I’d pressure him to listen, the less he’d listen. Then I did three courses: the ‘Children Course,’ ‘Components of Understanding,’ and the ‘Cause of Suppression.’ I know now how to grant him the right to be the way he is and guide him gently and then build agreement with him.

“I believe, with the guidelines from Scientology, our lives will be less trouble.

“A lot of religions in this world are built on forgiving our mistakes and sins, but Scientology technology can be applied in life easily and then you learn the most important thing — to do the right thing.”

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