Sunday, January 14, 2007

Scientology Opens Prominent New Church in Berlin

Doors open; all invited to find out for themselves,

‘What is Scientology?’

BERLIN, 13 January 2007 – The Church of Scientology of Berlin, Germany, opened its new home today in Charlottenburg to over 4000 church members (including Academy Award nominated actress Anne Archer and Jazz legend Chick Corea), government officials and community leaders, with an invitation to all Berliners to find out for themselves the answer to the inevitable question, “What is Scientology?”

“Therein lies the reason for this Church, so that you can answer that question for yourself,” said the Berlin Church’s president, Sabine Weber. “Our doors are open to you – to everyone. We want you to find out for yourself who we really are. We want you to find out for yourself what we really do.”

To make this possible, the ground floor of the 4,000-square-meter, 6-story glass and steel structure which is located at Otto-Suhr-Allee and Cauer Street in the Charlottenburg District, contains an extensive walk-through audio-visual public information center on Scientology beliefs and practices and the Church’s activities in Berlin and around the world. Displays present the life and accomplishments of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the internationally acclaimed programs that use his discoveries to combat drug abuse, illiteracy, criminality, immorality and human rights violations.

The new Church in Berlin is a reflection of the world scope of Scientology today, which comprises more than 7,500 churches, missions and groups across 163 nations. Each is dedicated to achieving the Aims of Scientology – including a world without war, without insanity and without criminality, where the able may prosper and all are free to rise to greater heights. Internationally, 1,500 new churches, missions and groups opened in the past year, and growth in the past five years has exceeded the previous five decades combined.

For Berlin members, the Charlottenburg building not only multiplies all facilities for training and counseling in the religion, it enables the Church to bring Scientology’s international social reform and betterment programs on a much larger scale to the city.

Displays within the building present the life and accomplishments of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the internationally acclaimed programs that use his discoveries to combat drug abuse, illiteracy, criminality, immorality and human rights violations.

Ms. Weber described the dedication of Scientologists to make human rights a reality with a global campaign to raise public awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; to steer youth from drugs with the Church’s “Say No to Drugs, Say Yes to Life” drug education program in 53 nations; to decrease civil commotion and crime through distribution of the common-sense moral code, The Way to Happiness; and to bring help to disaster relief efforts through the tens of thousands of Scientology Volunteer Ministers world over.

Guest speakers welcoming the Church to its new home in Berlin included Mr. Bernhard Stitz, a 30-year police officer; Professor Jurgen Redhardt, Professor emeritus at Giessen University; Dr. Hubertus Mynarek, theologian and sociologist; and Mr. Almog Burstin, joining the event from Israel, a founding member of the European Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance.

Thousands of Scientologists and friends from Germany and across Europe visited the new Church on its opening day.

“In the very tradition of religions creating a climate for Peace on Earth,” said Ms. Weber, “we moved into the twenty-first century by building churches like this one on four continents. Each is situated on the cultural crossroads, so that anyone may find what we are and what we represent.”

Other new Scientology Churches recently opened include London, Madrid, New York, San Francisco and Johannesburg. Similar new churches are under construction and scheduled for completion in 2007 in Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Australia and Taiwan.

“Our new churches are prominent and intentionally so,” said Ms. Weber. “As for why, it is inherent in every new Church of Scientology to be an active and responsible participant and member of the community in which they live. We also recognize that the Church of Scientology’s increased public awareness inevitably results in questions regarding our beliefs and practices – and our new churches provide large exhibits open to the public so they can find answers to their questions.”

The Church of Scientology of Berlin welcomes visitors and offers tours seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information on the Church and its programs, visit www.scientology.org or call 030-364 7 0
For photos, please call
030-364 7 0 or email berlin@scientology.net
A slide show of the opening ceremony can be seen here.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Another massive Scientology church opens - this time in Berlin




















The Church of Scientology's growth of late has been stellar and shows no signs of abating. 1500 organisations (churches, missions and groups) were opened in 2006 alone!

Last October, saw the opening of the beautiful 6 storey Church of Scientology of London in the City's Queen Victoria Street. And today, (13 Jan 07), the same is happening in Berlin, Germany with the opening of their the new Church of Scientology of Berlin (
Scientology Kirche Berlin) at the corner of Otto Suhr Allee and Cauer Street in the Charlottenburg district. This too is a 6 storey building, now redecorated in the Bauhaus style.

"The aim of our Church is to help with social programmes, as well as the rehabilitation of criminals, drug addiction, drug prevention and human rights," said Ute Kiessl, a spokeswoman from the Church of Scientology.

The aims of Scientology are:

A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Church of Scientology International Announces Record Expansion of the Religion in 2006

Here's an excerpt:

"Recapping the religion's growth in 2006, Rev. Adams pointed out that in the last year more than 1,500 new centers, missions and churches of Scientology were opened, including large new central churches in both London and Berlin. With new groups this year in Afghanistan, Niger, and Bahrain the international Scientology presence now totals more than 7,500 centers, missions and churches in 163 nations."

Wow! And it's only a little over 50 years old!

See www.scientology-london.org for more info.