How did you get into Scientology?

This is the second in a series of posts answering this question.  Anyone having a story to share, send it along! People ask me this question all the time. I get it from people of different faiths and of no faith, from the curious, the sincere and the cynical. My first answer? “I read a book.” And even though that was a few years ago (38 to be exact), that’s what I tell people today who want to know about… Read more

Church of Scientology opens new Santa Ana home

Courtesy of RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER SANTA ANA – The Church of Scientology of Orange County, formerly in Tustin, held a grand opening on Saturday, June 2 for its new home at 505 N. Sycamore St. The church about six years ago purchased the historic 48,000-square-foot Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center, which was built in 1931 as the Santa Ana Masonic Lodge. Church officials said about 5,000 people attended the event to see the dedication, led… Read more

IPV6

When I log on and see a new Google Doodle I can rarely resist clicking to find out what is the story behind the graphic.  And so it was today–the 79th anniversary of the drive-in movie. Imagine that! June 6, 1933: Hitler was on the rise, In cities across the U.S. and Europe,people were waiting their turn on breadlines for perhaps their only meal that day, And, according to Wikipedia, (can there then be any doubt?), “The first drive-in theater, created… Read more

How did you get into Scientology?

I have decided to start a new feature here: “How did you get into Scientology?” I will start out with my own story and collect up an add stories of friends and colleagues as well. So, to begin, here’s mine: In 1967, I was pretty smug about my life after college, marriage and our first kid. I had graduated an excellent university with a double major while working three part-time jobs. I was the golden boy of the business club… Read more

Orange County Welcomes Church Of Scientology To Historic Home

On Saturday, June 2, city and state dignitaries joined thousands of Scientologists in downtown Santa Ana to dedicate the new Church of Scientology of Orange County. The Church’s new home, located at 505 North Sycamore Street, most recently served as the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center. The 48,000 square foot building was originally constructed in 1931 as the Santa Ana Masonic Lodge. It remains one of Orange County’s finest examples of Art Deco architecture and is listed on the… Read more

NEW CHURCHES OF SCIENTOLOGY AROUND THE WORLD

At the forefront of the greatest era of expansion in Scientology history stand the new Churches opening in major cities and cultural centers world over. These Churches realize the fulfillment of Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s vision for the future of our religion: You are creating an island of friendliness, decency and succor in the sea of a violent world. Sometime in the future the islands will become the sea. —L. Ron Hubbard On the Scientology website, visitors can watch video tours… Read more

What is an Ideal Org?

Ideal Orgs (short for Organization) realize the fulfillment of Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s vision for the Scientology religion. They not only provide the ideal facilities to service Scientologists on their ascent to greater states of spiritual awareness and freedom, but they 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. Since January 2012, new Ideal Scientology Churches have opened in Cincinnati, Sacramento and Hamburg with… Read more

Safeguard and Improve the Environment

According to the New York Times today, “Thirty years after it was signed in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the United Nations treaty that governs the world’s oceans is undergoing one of its periodic resurrections in Congress. A Senate committee on Wednesday summoned three top national security officials to make yet another plea for the agreement, in the face of narrow, but stubborn, opposition.” >> The environment is each of our responsibilities, as expressed beautifully in this public service announcement for The… Read more

Religious Diversity

Part of the broad picture of cultural diversity is religion: the right to practice one’s faith as one sees fit. Two beautiful videos on this theme: Read more

U.N.Day of Cultural Diversity

Differences in culture are often capitalized to breed distrust.  But the underlying common values we each share bring us together.  Sharing my favorite video about crossing the cultural divide to find love among peoples of different cultures, despite political rhetoric. Read more