Exploring Padova’s Religious Diversity: A Journey with a special focus on Scientology

A documentary explores the Church of Scientology Padova and its activities while covering the rich diversity of the city.

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Cristal Logothetis, española afincada en EE.UU. impulsó un movimiento “Carry the future” para ayudar a madres refugiadas y recién nacidos

Cristal Logothetis (Cristal Muñoz-Logothetis) en MEET A SCIENTOLOGIST de Scientology Network, la serie semanal que destaca la vida cotidiana de los scientologists de todo el mundo y todos los ámbitos de la vida, anuncia un episodio que presenta a la humanitaria Cristal Logothetis el 23 de mayo…

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9 de mayo, 73° Aniversario de Europa y Dianética – europeantimes.news

“Dianética: La ciencia moderna de la salud mental” de L. Ronald Hubbard hizo su debut el 9 de mayo de 1950, y los resultados de la técnica contribuyeron a su rápido ascenso a la cima de las listas de libros más vendidos. Numerosas Iglesias, Misiones y organizaciones de Scientology en todo el mundo marcan el…

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Scientology volunteers help distribute 78 tonnes of donated food, clothes and other to those who need it in Turkey – europeantimes.news

An experience with Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Turkey. 78 tonnes of supplies in hands of those who needed and helped more than 19,000 people

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Munich condemned by Bavarian Admin Court for discriminating a member of Scientology
Munich condemned by Bavarian Admin Court for discriminating a member of Scientology
The City is now obliged to grant an eBike to a member of this Church.
ACCORDING TO THE COURT, THE GERMAN CONSTITUTION PROTECTS SCIENTOLOGISTS - PRACTICE OF THE CITY OF MUNICH VIOLATES THE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE EQUAL TREATMENT GUARANTEE OF SCIENTOLOGISTS

The written judgment of the Bavarian State Administrative Court of Appeal (file no.  4 B 20.3008) in the case of a Munich Scientologist against the city of Munich is now available. The case dealt with the city E-Mobile Funding Directive, issued for the purpose of environmental protection, and the city´s refusal to provide a grant for the purchase of an E-Bike to the plaintiff, solely by reason of her adherence to Scientology.

The Bavarian State Admin Court condemned the city practice with unmistakable words as an unjustified interference in the religious freedom guarantee of Art. 4 of the German Constitution and as a violation of Art. 3 of the Constitution which prohibits unequal treatment before the law. The court stated:

The exclusion of applicants, who feel bound by the Scientology teachings, from the circle of recipients of grants [for an E-Bike] also constitutes a violation of fundamental rights in a multiple way. It is incompatible with the freedom of religion or philosophy and does not satisfy the equal rights requirements of the Constitution.“

Bavarian State Administrative Court, 2021

As the Federal Supreme Admin Court had judged already in 2005, also the Bavarian State Admin Court confirmed that the plaintiff and generally all members of the Church of Scientology can „in any case claim the fundamental right of Art. 4 sect. (1) of the Constitution.“ Art. 4 sect. (1) of the German Constitution guarantees the inviolability of the freedom of belief or the religious and philosophic denomination. By denial of the requested grant, the City of Munich had violated this in a multiple way.  

The city was not allowed to generally require the revelation of the religious or philosophical conviction and blanketly exclude Scientologists from its funding program for E-Bikes. The court found Measures from public authorities that are aimfully directed against the practice of a freedom right protected by Art. 4 sect. (1) of the Constitution, at any rate constitute indirect interferences with a fundamental right. These prerequisites are fulfilled in the case of the exclusion of Scientology adherents from the funding program of the defendant when connected to their personal belief.“

On the prohibition of unequal treatment practices, the court found that the city´s exclusion practice violates the fundamental equal rights principles of the Constitution. The court stated:Also for reasons of equal treatment, the exclusion of Scientology-members and -adherents from the funding program of the defendant must be considered as illegal. It violates Art. 3 sect. (1) and (3) of the Constitution“, that is to say, it violates the fundamental principle that all people are equal before the law and that they must not be subjected to disadvantages by reason of their belief or religious or philosophical conviction.

The spokesperson of the Church of Scientology of Germany was happy to comment on the judgment:

With the above a German Court for the first time called a spade a spade. We are happy that this discriminatory city practice towards Scientologists was finally „red-carded“ which it had deserved since long. This is a victory for religious freedom for all people who are subject to disadvantages in Germany by reason of their religious belief.“

Last september 2020, Scientology had requested the UN to launch an investigation on Germany for violating religious freedom, and in fact the Special Rapporteur on FORB Ahmed Shaheed, had previously written a letter to the German government inquiring them for such discriminatory practices. While the Scientologists still have some work to do to get their rights respected by German officials, it seems that international exposure and above all, proper abidance to the law and justice system, is paying off.

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Councillor Giulio Gandolfi thanked Say No to Drugs volunteers in Milano
Councillor Giulio Gandolfi thanked Say No to Drugs volunteers in Milano

The Drug-Free World volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano reach out to youth with the Truth About Drugs campaign.

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano teamed up with Milan Transportation Association (ATM) to promote the value of an active, drug-free lifestyle. 

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano bring the truth about drugs to their city.
Volunteers from the Church of Scientology Milano bring the truth about drugs to their city.

ATM’s BikeMi, the city’s bike-sharing program, offered these Drug-Free World volunteers the use of bicycles free of charge to promote their Truth About Drugs initiative.

The day’s activities launched from the Church courtyard at Viale Fulvio Testi, 327. Councillor Giulio Gandolfi thanked the volunteers for bringing this important message to the community and signed their “Say No to Drugs” Honor Roll in support of the initiative.

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In the courtyard of the Church of Scientology Milano, Councillor Giulio Gandolfi signed the “Say No to Drugs” Honor Roll.

Twenty volunteers took off from the Church by bicycle, wearing their signature teal Truth About Drugs T-shirts and caps. They rode through the city, handing out Truth About Drugs booklets in high-traffic areas in support of this year’s UN Office on Drugs and Crime theme for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: “Share Facts on Drugs: Save Lives.” 

Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. The Foundation’s Truth About Drugs campaign consists of drug education materials and activities that popularize drug-free living.

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The drug prevention bike tour ended at Castello Sforzesco, a popular destination for tourists and residents, where volunteers handed out Truth About Drugs booklets.

Scientology Churches provide drug education specialist training, sponsor chapters of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, and work with local educators, police, churches and nonprofits to reach youth on this vital subject. 

To make these materials available to anyone wishing to tackle the drug crisis, the Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles, California, produces and ships out Truth About Drugs booklets, DVDs and education packages free of charge to parents, educators, law enforcement, community groups and nonprofits for their drug prevention activities.

The Church of Scientology Milano is an Ideal Scientology Church, dedicated in 2015 by Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. In addition to providing ideal facilities to service Scientologists on their ascent to higher states of spiritual awareness and freedom, the Church sponsors humanitarian programs and serves as a home for the community and a meeting place of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

Source: https://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/taking-to-the-streets-to-promote-active-and-drug-free-living.html

Scientology celebrated World Friendship Day
Scientology celebrated World Friendship Day

For World Friendship Day, the Church of Scientology Shares the Key to Lasting Relationships

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA • A new “Golden Rule” to kindle compassion, improve relationships, and empower happiness, from a common-sense, universal moral code

The Church of Scientology International extends an invitation to people of goodwill to join Scientology Churches and Missions in support of International Day of Friendship, a United Nations initiative that promotes “friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals” and seeks to “inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.”


In observing this UN Day, Scientologists share two precepts from The Way to Happiness, the common-sense moral code written by L. Ron Hubbard, that hold the key to lasting friendships:

  • “Try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do to you,” and
  • “Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you.”

“Among many peoples in many lands for many ages there have been versions of what is called ‘The Golden Rule,’” wrote Mr. Hubbard. “The philosophic question concerning wrongdoing, the argument of what is wrong is answered at once on a personal basis: Would you not like that to happen to you? No? Then it must be a harmful action and, from society’s viewpoint, a wrong action. It can awaken social consciousness. It can then let one work out what one should do and what one should not do.”

As to the second and positive version of the rule, “One can get into a lot of conflicting opinions and confusions about what ‘good behavior’ might be,” Mr. Hubbard wrote. “If one were to think over how he or she would like to be treated by others, one would evolve the human virtues. Just figure out how you would want people to treat you.”

The full text of these precepts, available on The Way to Happiness Foundation website, provides know-how for an individual wishing to implement the guidelines personally or take them up with others to help them salvage or enhance interpersonal relationships. 

Putting these and the other 19 precepts of The Way to Happiness into action has everything to do with the purpose of International Friendship Day, because, as Mr. Hubbard points out:

“Aside from personal benefit, one can take a hand, no matter how small, in beginning a new era for human relations. The pebble, dropped in a pool, can make ripples to the furthest shore.”

Scientology Churches mark International Friendship Day with open house events and forums where they share successful application of The Way to Happiness in addressing issues of importance to the community. They also reach out with The Way to Happiness information stands and distribution events to share the booklet and its wealth of knowledge.

An interactive timeline on the Scientology website documents how the Church of Scientology Kansas City and Kansas City community activists partnered for Peace Rides, based on the effectiveness of Peace Rides in Los Angeles. The KC team distributed The Way to Happiness to promote a climate of unity and peace, counter violence and reverse the city’s climbing homicide rate. In honor of the event, Kansas City rapper and recording artist Kodde One wrote the anthem “Hold Yo’ Head High” to help spread the booklet’s message of brotherhood throughout the city. 

Other examples of the impact of The Way to Happiness are featured on the Scientology Network in episodes of the original series Voices for Humanity, which spotlights the work of humanitarians using the booklet to address societal needs. These episodes include the work of:

  • Rev. Father Teddy Sichinga, who uses The Way to Happinessto empower poverty-stricken farmers and villagers in Zambia; 
  • Diana Pedroni, who in partnership with the director of National Prevention and Citizen Security in the Dominican Republic distributed the booklet throughout the country resulting in a 21 percent drop in crime;
  • Rosalba and José Cordero and their Social Development and Recovery of Values Association, who not only educate young people with these precepts in schools, they also bring the program to inmates across Mexico’s entire prison system resulting in 99 percent of their graduates living lives free of crime. 

Those using The Way to Happiness in their communities share rave reviews of its effectiveness:

“I firmly believe that The Way to Happiness can change the perspective of many people to life and difficult situations that arise in it,” writes the coordinator of social rehabilitation and rehabilitation center for young offenders.

“Extremely motivating and inspiring. Moreover, in this world of intolerance and violence, the messages of peace and sharing can bring about a change in the world,” wrote a teacher.

“Two precepts really took my daughter’s interest,” wrote a parent. “‘Be Industrious’ and ‘Flourish and Prosper.’ She never looked back after that and has since carried a seemingly unkillable momentum and spirit about life. I have no doubt what started her turnaround. It was The Way to Happiness.” 

For more information on The Way to Happiness, contact your local Church of Scientology or visit The Way to Happiness Foundation website.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion’s ecclesiastical leader.

Source: https://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/for-world-friendship-day-the-church-of-scientology-shares-the-key-to-lasting.html

Milano Say No to Drugs volunteers work with City on international Day against drugs
Milano Say No to Drugs volunteers work with City on international Day against drugs

WORLD DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND TRAFFICKING 2021. Say NO to drugs volunteers in Milan with the support of CityHall Bike service BIKEMI

The Say NO to Drugs volunteers in Milan brought the Truth about Drugs to Milan by bicycle thanks to the support of BIKEMI which offered the use of their bicycles free of charge, and thanks to the Church of Scientology who offered all the necessary booklets for the city to be distributed also free of charge.

To kick off the day, Councillor Gandolfi, who is very aware of the drug problem, thanked the volunteers for the important message they bring to the citicens today and signed the “I say no to drugs” roll of honour in support of the initiative.

The theme of this year’s UN World Drug Day, “Informing to Save Lives” is heavily supported by the Truth About Drugs programme, which is based on “correct information and education” on the subject so as to make people more responsible and able to take decisions their own decisions for their future.

The key point of the programme is a series of 13 well-documented booklets that, without using intimidation tactics, provide information on drugs. The series consists of a generic booklet providing an overview of the various types of drugs and a booklet for each of the most commonly used drugs.

The material also includes real-life facts to further understand what drugs really are and what their real effects are, both short and long term.

The simplicity and clarity with which they have been written makes them to be understandable by children of different ages, as well as very useful for parents, educators and anyone who cares.

Referring to the devastating impact of drugs on society, author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard had inspired this programme having reached by now millions of people, as well as through the widespread distribution of the 13 booklets, but also through the “educational programme which is offered free of charge to teachers and educators around the world.

There is still a lot of work to be done. 275 million people have used drugs in the last year and in this regard, today, the Church of Scientology of Milana today confirmed the allocation of additional funds to reprint as many materials as possible to continue to make them freely available free for everyone.

Europe Day is also Dianetics Day
Europe Day is also Dianetics Day

Updated 9 May 2021

On May 9, 1950, there was the call for a “European community” to repair the devastation after World War II and what is known as the Schuman Declaration. He proposed the pooling of French and West German coal and steel industries, and which later led to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, the first European Community, established on 18 April 1951. This evolved into the European Union.

However, in addition to all these economic, political, and one could even say… geographic, this very May 9th 1950, on the other side of the world, occurred an unexpected event. The launching spanned beyond any type of politics or ideologies, and according to Scientologists “its final purpose has always been peace”. This event was the publication of a book which technique has influenced the life of millions and millions of people not just in Europe but around the world.

The Book

Its title is DIANETICS, which philosopher and World Guinness Record writer L. Ron Hubbard, piblished on May 9th 1950. And while it started covering how could one become in control of his/her own mind to achieve personal and social peace, it developed into a practical religion, Scientology, and the members of this recognized religion celebrate worldwide its publication [watch a short introduction in Scientology Network].

May 9th, most commonly known as “Europe Day”, is also known as “Dianetics Day”, and currently is also recognized by the Spanish government Foundation Pluralismo y Convivencia, as one of the religious festivities of the Scientologists. And this is why many European Scientologists say “Europe Day is also Dianetics Day”.

Dianetics introduction AD

This book launched by L Ron Hubbard on the power of thought and the human being began helping each person to spread a smile. Dianetics immediately became a bestseller at the New York Times. It contained unforeseen discoveries, and has remained a bestseller for more than 60 years. There are more than 22 million copies in the hands of the public, and has generated a movement that spans over 100 nations. It’s indisputably the most widely read and influential book ever written about the human mind. It covers the “anatomy and full description” of the reactive mind, the source of nightmares, unreasonable fears, upsets and insecurities which enslave citizens from all nations. Reportedly, this book shows you how to get rid of it, and so achieve something men and women have previously only dreamed of: the State of Clear. If you like reading, and want to explore your own boundaries, this is book Scientologists would recommend you more than any other.

In celebration of this 71st anniversary of Dianetics, the Fundacion para la Mejora de la Vida, and the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights, located in Brussels, are organizing showings of introductory videos for people who want to either help themselves, their families, friends or society at large.

Find more about Europe Day at the official EU WEBSITE.

Scientologists give food and gifts to Needy Families and Kids
Scientologists give food and gifts to Needy Families and Kids

Nine months of coping with the coronavirus has taken a toll on marginalized communities. Scientology Volunteer Ministers respond with needed help.

Budapest, December 8, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Budapest continue to respond to those in need. This time they did so with 1.5 tons of canned goods and other staples, cleaning supplies and fruit for more than 300 children and their families. And with Christmas fast approaching, they also included a selection of special toys.

“The list of people in need is growing,” said one of the Volunteer Ministers as the team set out with their supplies. But despite the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and casualties, she is confident that by understanding and applying prevention protocols, the country will make it through these difficult times.

In addition to providing food and supplies, Volunteer Ministers ensure communities know how to protect themselves from the virus. As soon as the pandemic began, the most effective measures were researched for ensuring the safety of Scientology staff and parishioners, and these were implemented internationally as protocols.

To make this prevention information broadly available, the Church of Scientology created more than a dozen videos and three educational booklets: How to Keep Yourself & Others Well, How to Protect Yourself & Others with a Mask & Gloves and How to Prevent the Spread of Illness with Isolation. These are all available in Hungarian and 20 additional languages on the How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center on the Scientology website. And Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Hungary distributed thousands of copies of these booklets in their communities to make sure they know how to make it through the pandemic safe and well.

The new home of the Church of Scientology Budapest, which is headquarters for the country’s Volunteer Ministers outreach, was dedicated in 2016 by Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

A Volunteer Minister’s mandate is to be “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” Their creed: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

Spanish Scientologists Help the Country to put Pandemic Under Control
Spanish Scientologists Help the Country to put Pandemic Under Control

With the number of new cases finally dropping in Spain, now is not the time to relax on prevention, say the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Madrid.

In Madrid, Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology of Spain are continuing their “Stay Well” campaign to reach out with proven protocols to help people stay well.

With the second wave of coronavirus finally abating—new cases down one third from last week—it is vital to continue prevention protocols. The danger when such an improvement takes place is that people can tend to neglect the very actions that caused the improvement. Now is not the time to change what is working, the volunteers say.

Madrid has canceled many traditional holiday events to prevent the spread of the virus. And the Scientology Volunteer Ministers backed this up by visiting local shops to remind them of the importance of prevention protocols.

In May, 135 Volunteer Ministers from Scientology Churches and Missions across Spain distributed 74,000 copies of educational booklets in their neighborhoods. These booklets contain vital information to prevent the spread of the virus.

To make this prevention information broadly available, the Church of Scientology published three educational booklets: How to Keep Yourself & Others WellHow to Protect Yourself & Others with a Mask & Gloves and How to Prevent the Spread of Illness with IsolationAll three booklets are available to be read or downloaded free of charge in 21 languages from the How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center on the Scientology website.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. It constitutes one of the world’s largest independent relief forces. A Volunteer Minister’s mandate is to be “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” Their creed: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

Scientology Volunteer Ministers offer free course on drug education to offset the rising tide of drug abuse
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Thank You Los Angeles! Church of Scientology Los Angeles Surprises Essential Workers With Gourmet Thanksgiving Dinners
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Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology Los Angeles celebrate Thanksgiving by letting essential workers know just how much they are appreciated.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, November 26, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Church of Scientology Los Angeles showed its appreciation to essential workers with a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner.

Volunteer Ministers picked up 400 meals—the first round of specially prepared dinners—from hot boxes and delivered them Monday, November 23, to doctors and nurses, firefighters and police, and the staff of local supermarkets and pharmacies that remained open to serve the community throughout the pandemic.

Inside each bag was a message from the Church: “HAPPY THANKSGIVING from the Church of Scientology Los Angeles. Stay safe and stay well.” On the card was a QR code to the Church’s How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center containing dozens of videos and three educational booklets: How to Keep Yourself & Others Well, How to Protect Yourself & Others with a Mask & Gloves and How to Prevent the Spread of Illness with Isolation. These are all available in 21 languages—perfect for the polyglot Los Angeles community.

The information in the booklets is based on effective measures researched for ensuring the safety of Scientology staff and parishioners, implemented internationally as protocols under the direction of Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige.

“Everyone was so appreciative to receive the dinners,” said one of the Volunteer Ministers. “It meant so much to them that we thought of them.”

Another set of meals will be delivered on Thanksgiving Day for those on duty over the holiday.

In May, Volunteer Ministers distributed more than 300,000 copies of these booklets to stores, restaurants, churches, clinics, hospitals and homes in the greater Los Angeles area.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. It constitutes one of the world’s largest independent relief forces. A Volunteer Minister’s mandate is to be “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” Their creed: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

Italian Scientology Volunteers and Civil Protection Specialists Back in Action in the Second COVID-19 Wave
Italian Scientology Volunteers and Civil Protection Specialists Back in Action in the Second COVID-19 Wave

When the lockdown ended in May, Italy hoped they had put the coronavirus pandemic behind them. But it’s back. And so are the volunteers from Scientology Churches who are helping relieve overburdened community resources.

When their helpline rang last week, Pro.civi.co.s (the Civil Protection Volunteers of the Scientology Community) immediately pulled together a team and took off to a busy COVID-19 drive-through swab station in Milan. With COVID-19 cases spiking, the center was inundated. Pro.civi.co.s took over directing traffic and keeping people calm so the doctors and nurses could concentrate on performing the tests.

Just as they did in February when the pandemic first struck, Pro.civi.co.s and the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology Milan are providing needed service to the community.

  • Arranging and distributing donations of food to needy families
  • Picking up groceries and prescriptions and delivering them to the elderly and those most vulnerable to the virus
  • Providing masks to vendors so they are protected in their work
  • Sanitizing essential service locations.

They work with the owner of a pizzeria who collects and donates food to at-risk families. In March, when collections outstripped his ability to deliver donations, he called on the Volunteer Ministers, who arrange teams and provide the service. They continue this to today.

They deliver pizza and pastries to needy families thanks to an arrangement with a local chef’s college that donates all the food students prepare in their lessons.

At the height of the first wave of the pandemic, a home for the elderly in the town of Rovellasca was in desperate need of help. Already understaffed, and with restrictions making care of the residents more exacting, they found themselves unable to cope. A dozen Volunteer Ministers worked in shifts through the rest of the lockdown, feeding and bathing residents, organizing recreational activities and keeping everyone extroverted and calm.

Seeing the work of these volunteers, the town mayor asked them for help. City officials, required to provide service despite the pandemic, were at risk. Did they know who could sanitize the police cars and the town hall vehicles? Fortunately, the volunteers knew exactly what to do and took on the task.

As soon as the pandemic began, the most effective measures were researched for ensuring the safety of Scientology staff and parishioners, and these were implemented internationally as protocols under the direction of Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige. This included locating the most effective decontaminant and making this available to all Scientology Churches along with training manuals and videos. Volunteer Ministers trained on these materials and sanitized the vehicles, making them safe for essential workers.

The Mayor of Rovellasca presented the Volunteer Ministers with an acknowledgement for their service.
The Mayor of Rovellasca presented the Volunteer Ministers with an acknowledgment for their service.
 

Teams were also arranged to sanitize ambulances, churches and police cars of other municipalities.

When the second wave hit, Volunteer Ministers contacted those they provided help to during the initial lockdown and resumed their work to protect their communities.

Volunteer Ministers also delivered thousands of copies of educational booklets in their neighborhoods to help people understand how viruses and germs spread and exactly what to do to ensure they and their families stay well. This was part of an international effort. Some 5 million booklets were distributed around Scientology Churches and Missions across the world.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. It constitutes one of the world’s largest independent relief forces.

With the events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Mr. Miscavige recognized that it was time for Scientologists to redouble their efforts to aid their fellow man. He issued a directive entitled The Wake-Up Call, which inspired astonishing growth within the Volunteer Minister program.

The following year, Volunteer Ministers of Italy formed Pro.civi.co.s, which was entered into the registry of the National Department of Civil Defense.

A Volunteer Minister’s mandate is to be “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” Their creed: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

Religious Freedom Awards 2020 recognizes 3 Spanish Professors
Religious Freedom Awards 2020 recognizes 3 Spanish Professors

“Mejora Foundation awards three prestigious teachers in the 7th Edition of the Religious Freedom Awards”

The Church of Scientology Foundation for the Improvement of Life, Culture and Society, in consultative status with the United Nations since 2019, presented the Religious Freedom Awards, in the form of a Tizona sword, to Prof. Dr. Alejandro Torres, Prof. Dr. Rafael Valencia and Prof. Dr. Catalina Pons-Estel, in an online ceremony attended by Prof. Dr. Mercedes Murillo, Director of Religious Freedom of the Spain‘s Ministry of Presidency (Prime Minister’s Office).

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The ceremony, inaugurated by Ivan Arjona, President of the European Office of the Church of Scientology for Public Affairs and Human Rights, and Isabel Ayuso, Secretary General of the Mejora Foundation, began with the viewing of two videos regarding the right to freedom of thought, religion and conscience (one of them based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard‘s book “The Way to Happiness”), as well as a music video by international artists such as Chick Corea with a message of “Spread a Smile and not something else”, very suitable for the times of health crisis that are being experienced worldwide.

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Prof. Dr. Mercedes Murillo – Religious Freedom Director at the Spain’s Prime Minister’s Office.

Following this, Mercedes Murillo, Director of Religious Liberty for the Ministry of the Presidency, addressed the award winners and attendees at this online ceremony, saying, “Once again this year the Church of Scientology Foundation is presenting its Religious Freedom Awards, a pioneering initiative, and so it is also appropriate for another year to recognize and appreciate this opportunity to bring together people concerned about this right around the world

Murillo continued by saying we are meeting this afternoon to present some well-deserved awards to three recognized specialists in this field whom I would like to congratulate” words after which the master of ceremonies went on to present the winners, who personally thanked the Fundación Mejora, of the Church of Scientology, for the award received and for the initiative that seeks to encourage people to promote and defend freedom of conscience .

Isabel Ayuso, Secretary General of Foundation, in her presentation said of these awardees that “they are the heroes of our times”…”they have changed the battleground for the classroom, the swords for the quill… on a real battle for freedom”

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Prof. Dr. Alejandro Torres, Universidad Pública de Navarra

The first winner of the celebration was Prof. Dr. Alejandro Torres Gutiérrez, Full Professor of Law at the Public University of Navarra with an incredible production of publications and professor in the field of religious freedom. His publications are focused on the study of the financing and tax system of religious denominations, models of Church-State relations in Spain, Austria, Portugal and France, the status of minorities and multiculturalism in the United States, Canada and Austria. In his acceptance speech he left, among other messages, messages such as the study of freedom of conscience is still relevant because we should not have fewer rights as a result of being less”… “in a society like ours in which there is still much violence for religious reasons I understand that the study of tolerance is important”… “the protection of diversity is key in a state like ours in which all possible interpretations of the universe have a place as long as they respect the ethical minimum of which we all participate in a democratic society”.

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Prof. Rafael Valencia, Universidad de Sevilla

After which, Arjona gave the following Tizona to Prof. Dr. Rafael Valencia Candalija, currently Professor of Ecclesiastical Law at the University of Seville and that in addition to having opened religious diversity in Spain in a practical way to thousands of law students, will soon be publishing a book on Religious Freedom in Football, a pioneering prism in the field. Prof. Valencia said at the ceremony that “there is no prize today for an professor of religious freedom law giving a greater hope and joy as a recognition for protecting religious freedom” … ” we must continue to fight, therefore we must continue to work in defense of religious freedom … for those situations that violate this great right that occupies us and above all, we must continue to seek and continue to establish proposals for a better protection of the good, that is our work, and that should be our mission.

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Prof. Dr. Catalina Pons-Estel, Universtitat Illes Balears

And in this 2020, 40th Anniversary of the Law of Religious Freedom, could not miss an award for Prof. Dr. Catalina Pons-Estel Tugores, from the University of the Balearic Islands, who in addition to teaching this subject since 1997, this year has completed a series of lectures reviewing and commenting on the current Spanish law with the vision of both minor and major religious entities, as well as professionals in the field both scholars and government officials, which she has brought to the general public in addition to classrooms. In her acceptance speech, Prof. Pons-Estel explained that religious freedom is a very current subject, a subject that is very much alive and close to all citizens” … “although we have all taken for granted the importance of the fundamental right of religious freedom, in these times in which everything seems to be in crisis, it never hurts to remember the importance of these rights that have cost us so much to achieve and guarantee”.

The ceremony was recorded online and can be accessed on the Foundation’s social networks and HERE.

The event also had space for a statement by the Director of Religious Freedom of the Ministry of the Presidency, to remind citizens about the current health situation: “I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the responsibility that all religious entities have had in this situation to limit their various forms of worship and replace them with other ways of providing spiritual care to their faithful … Therefore, I appreciate this task that they have been developing and that has not only maintained the possibility of meeting those who share their beliefs, but also in a difficult situation I know that all have maintained their solidarity activities towards the most vulnerable”.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers share free course to help with planning for the future, no matter how uncertain
Scientology Volunteer Ministers share free course to help with planning for the future, no matter how uncertain

With 2020 upsetting so many people’s lives, many are seeking new directions to reach their personal targets and goals in life.

It is not Man’s dreams that fail him. It is the lack of know-how required to bring those dreams into actuality.”

— L. Ron Hubbard

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, November 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Life as we know it has changed in many ways due to the events of 2020. Statistics and indicators show that it might continue to change for some months to come.

How does one navigate so many changes in life, particularly those greatly impacted by the economic challenges of 2020? How can one stay on top of the changes and be the driver of their life and not the passenger?

With a lot of change can come confusions that toss one into apathy, anxiety and frustration. Many now have unrealized goals or incomplete plans or face tasks that appear overwhelming—even impossible to achieve. This is true not only of individuals, but of companies and even countries. History is filled with incomplete or failed projects.

Availing oneself of the free online course “Targets and Goals” can put one in the driver’s seat and more in control.

Based on the works of bestselling author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard (lronhubbard.org), the “Targets and Goals” course is offered by the Church of Scientology on its Volunteer Ministers website.

The course addresses what steps to take and how to apply them to anything—a personal ambition, a family, a group, a business and more.

“Targets and Goals” guides one step by step through the reading material and the practical exercises to use each new skill learned. The course is self-paced and generally takes about five hours to complete.

“So you may ask yourself: Did COVID-19 throw my 2020 plans and dreams out the window and give me unexpected hurdles and challenges? If the answer is yes, this course will give you the practical tools to achieve the new goals you set,” said Rev. Susan Taylor of the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in Washington, DC.

“Mr. Hubbard states, ‘It is not Man’s dreams that fail him. It is the lack of know-how required to bring those dreams into actuality.’ Having and applying the tools to reach your goals is the first step,” concluded Rev. Taylor.

Offering the free online courses is just one of many activities Volunteer Ministers around the country have been engaged in during much of 2020. Another is the distribution of millions of hygiene protocol education booklets to residences, shops, community centers, government agencies, medical centers and hospitals. In the Washington, DC, metro area over 100,000 booklets have been personally distributed. The important material is also available online at their “How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center” site.

Scientologists@Home: Creativity Knows No Bounds
Scientologists@Home: Creativity Knows No Bounds

How to remain cheerful despite restrictions to contain the pandemic? Three Scientologists share their secret with visitors to the Scientology website. It’s the joy of creating.

In Johannesburg, South Africa, turning unfinished ceramics into unique works of art while at home is what puts a smile on Gaye’s face. She creates colorful creatures in a traditional African style.

gayle’s colorful creations
 Gaye’s colorful creations
 

In Kaohsiung, Taiwan, graphic artist Yen-Hua lets the camera roll while he materializes a giant panda for all to see. Pen and ink is the medium he uses to brighten his mood.

Yen Hua’s expressive pen and ink drawings
Yen Hua’s expressive pen and ink drawing
 

Phoenix, a young singer-songwriter in Los Angeles, California, derives pleasure from her a capella musical creations.

Phoenix’s lilting melodies
Phoenix’s lilting melodies
 

All three are applying “The Joy of Creating” by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard:

“Force yourself to smile and you’ll soon stop frowning.  Force yourself to laugh and you’ll soon find something to laugh about.  Wax enthusiastic and you’ll very soon feel so. A being causes his own feelings. The greatest joy there is in life is creating. Splurge on it!”

Their videos are available on Scientology/Daily Connect, a resource created as part of a program to ensure everyone makes it through the pandemic safe and well. As soon as the pandemic began, the most effective measures were researched for ensuring the safety of Scientology staff and parishioners, and these were implemented internationally as protocols under the direction of Scientology ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige.

To make this prevention information broadly available, the Church of Scientology created more than a dozen videos and three educational booklets: How to Keep Yourself & Others WellHow to Protect Yourself & Others with a Mask & Gloves and How to Prevent the Spread of Illness with IsolationThese are all available in 21 languages on the How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center on the Scientology website.

Since May, Scientologists have distributed 5 million copies of these educational booklets in communities around Scientology Churches and Missions across the globe.

Churches of Scientology Disaster Response National Deputy Director Recipient of Utah Philanthropy Day’s Heroes Award
Churches of Scientology Disaster Response National Deputy Director Recipient of Utah Philanthropy Day’s Heroes Award

Ms. Joava Good, Deputy National Director was honored this week for her volunteer contributions during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic disaster

csdr joava good utahWASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, November 18, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — This week Utah celebrated many of its unsung heroes who have given much of their time to helping others during the pandemic months of 2020. Officials of Utah Philanthropy Day stepped forward and honored over 60 volunteers with their 2020 Heroes Award. Those honored were recognized virtually during a special broadcast by Salt Lake City’s ABC4 TV.

Among the honorees was Ms. Joava Good, Deputy National Director of the Churches of Scientology Disaster Response (CSDR), recognized for her leadership in mobilizing volunteers to perform thousands of hours of volunteer work in responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic disaster.

Every year since 1999, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Utah Nonprofits Association, and UServeUtah have celebrated Utah’s outstanding philanthropists and community volunteers who embody the spirit of philanthropy and volunteerism. In most years, the event is celebrated at a special luncheon, but due to the pandemic this year the event was held virtually on November 16th.

Ms. Good was recognized for her immediate response to Utah’s pandemic by helping to raise thousands of dollars for masks and PPE supplies and organizing over 1,000 hours of volunteer work by fellow Utah Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers as well as Scientology volunteers from outside the state. In collaboration with volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Salvation Army, the Utah State VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), Intermountain Health Care, the Elders of the Tribe at Fort Duchesne and several police departments, Ms. Good delivered PPE masks and hand sanitizer bottles for businesses, helped sanitize police vehicles and stations, and distributed thousands of the Church of Scientology’s Stay Well education hygiene protocol booklets.

The distribution of the Scientology Stay Well booklets in Utah was part of a nationwide campaign which included the District of Columbia, where over 100,000 booklets were given free of charge to businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to help ensure that citizens were reminded about the importance of washing their hands, social distancing and isolation of those who are ill.

Rev. Susan Taylor, National Director of CSDR in Washington, DC, was delighted to hear of Ms. Good’s award and stated that Ms. Good exemplifies the words of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, who wrote, “A Scientology Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

Ms. Good is a hands-on volunteer who personally drove thousands of miles around the state of Utah to deliver supplies, spent hundreds of hours on the phone coordinating activities to ensure people were well served, and stood side by side with those in need with compassion and prayer. She is the past president of the Utah State VOAD and the lead civil society and government liaison for CSDR in Utah.

“Joava Good has been our top volunteer for over 14 years putting her heart and soul into her volunteerism, working with community and government leaders throughout the state and the nation,” remarked Rev. Taylor. Through her compassion and leadership, she has truly made a huge difference in helping others.”

CSDR is the Church of Scientology’s disaster response program in the United States operating in most of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as deploying volunteers on a regular basis to foreign countries to support their Church’s international disaster relief efforts. CSDR has been a member of the National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) since 2006 and works closely with other disaster organizations to bring the needed relief and care to those who are affected.

CSDR is tasked with the duties of providing spiritual care as well as assisting with the unmet material needs of survivors, responders and caregivers who are affected by trauma, loss, upset, stress and confusion after a disaster. The basis of its long term commitment to help is written throughout the Scientology scriptures and is reflected in “The Scientology Handbook,” based on the works of L. Ron Hubbard, Founder of the Scientology religion, regarding the role of the Volunteer Minister.

Scientologists@Home: Being Industrious and Setting and Accomplishing Targets
Scientologists@Home: Being Industrious and Setting and Accomplishing Targets


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