Sunday, September 27, 2009

Church of Scientology London Hosts International Peace Day Event

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Delegates at this year's International Peace Day Event at the London Church of Scientology

Peace Through The Arts, 21st September, Church of Scientology London

Over 40 people from different cultures, faiths and walks of life from around London joined together to commemorate International Peace Day on Monday 21st September. All present held in common that they want PEACE ON EARTH.

The theme of the event, which was hosted by the Church of Scientology London, was ‘Peace through the Arts’ and it brought together an array of artists whose performances forwarded the purpose of achieving peace within our communities. This day is not only about creating peace between nations, it’s about non violence in our homes, communities and schools.

International Peace Day was established as 21st September each year through the vision and efforts of Jeremy Gilley, who, through his organisation Peace One Day, has been campaigning to bring about a cease fire in all war zones each 21st September. Peace on one day a year can be a first step to bringing about peace throughout the year. See http://www.peaceoneday.org.

The Muslim Sikh Federation was represented at this London event by Man Mohan Singh and Satwant Singh Suman, from the Southall Gurdwara and they were joined by other faith leaders including Dr Paul Baiden-Adams, MCSAS (Making It Safer for our Youth) and Deputy Bishop Halden Bennett from the Mount Zion Church of God.

Art lifts the spirit and is an inspiration to us all in our daily lives. Noura Benamor performed an Arabic Song and dance, followed by Body Popping from a London youth Called Angus Reid. North London was represented by ‘Extreme’ – two amazing young dancers who wowed the audience ‘Michael Jackson style’. Danny Bryan, Director of Communities Against Knives and Guns told of his work with families who have been affected by guns and knives and urged people to come together to help the youth of London.

Guest speaker Clarence Thompson, M.B.E, spoke of his fight for racial equality and read his daughter’s poem ‘A War Orphan Writing to Santa Claus’.

Tracey Coleman, Community Affairs Officer for the Church of Scientology London said, “It is an amazing feeling seeing so many people of different cultures and faiths coming together to celebrate what most people want for this world – to live in harmony and at peace with our fellow man and woman. Events such as this can help to sow the seeds of such peace.”

All the audience were invited to write a message of Peace. One of these was from Kellee Samuels of the Mount Zion Inspiration Choir:

“Peace begins with the individual. To change an area, community or even the world, change must begin with us.”

Peace Day will be celebrated again at the Church of Scientology next year, and all are welcome to participate – please contact Tracey Coleman for further information.

To pledge your own commitment of what you want to do in your community to help to bring about peace, log on to http://www.peaceoneday.org.

Contact: Tracey Coleman
Mobile: 079797 50293
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Scientology-sponsored Say No To Drugs Say Yes To Life Campaign Cleans Up London Hot Spots

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Ilford scrubs up well

Some surprised Ilford residents saw something a bit out of the ordinary recently; volunteers coming to clean up their area. The volunteers were welcomed by friendly and helpful locals who were delighted with the help.

Drug taking and alcohol consumption go hand in hand with dirty littered areas. One purpose of these clean ups is to deter drug takers and alcoholics from going back to such places and causing trouble. This is supported by a study showing Londoners feel that ‘grime leads to a fear of crime’.

By survey, Londoners feel unsafe in areas of the Capital which are blighted by litter and graffiti. ‘London: Its People and their Litter’ found that the condition of the local environment can significantly affect feelings of well-being. Keep Britain Tidy carried out the research for the Capital Standards Programme. More than 2,400 residents were interviewed across London outside tube stations or in local high streets.

Church of Scientology-sponsored Say No To Drugs Say Yes To Life campaigners in London have taken it upon themselves to work the streets of London in search of these hot spot areas and to clean them up. In conjunction with distribution of drug education booklets, the aim is to reduce the drug taking and crime throughout the city.

The Church's London Public Affairs Director, Mark Pinchin, said “With a reported 80% of crime being drug related, it’s easy to see that crime and drugs go hand in hand.”

With 27 per cent of UK adults aged 16 or over having taken illegal drugs - amounting to around 13 million people – the Church is embarking on a series of events and drug education talks to raise awareness on the truth about drugs. This includes how they really affect your mind and body.

Scientologists were inspired in this field by the pioneering work of humanitarian, L Ron Hubbard, in the area of drug rehabilitation and education.

For more information, see: http://www.saynotodrugs.org.uk
Please contact: Mark Pinchin, Public Affairs Dir
Tel: 0207 2462717
Email: mpinchin@scientology.org.uk