Grand Opening of the new Church of Scientology in Inglewood

22 03 2012

5,000 Scientologists, guests and city officials gathered Saturday November 5, for the dedication of an entirely new Church of Scientology and Church of Scientology Community Center. The Church stands in the heart of downtown, at 315 South Market Street, and reflects the growth of a new Scientology congregation amongst these communities. The neighboring Community Center stands just a few minutes away in South Los Angeles, at 8039 South Vermont Avenue. Together this Church and Community Center provide for all Scientology religious services as well as its many humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs for the benefit of Inglewood and South Los Angeles.

The new Inglewood Church of Scientology on South Market Street houses a Public Information Center presenting the beliefs and practices of the Scientology religion as well as the life and legacy of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. The Information Center further provides an overview of the many Church-sponsored humanitarian programs. These programs include a worldwide human rights initiative, an equally far-ranging drug education and prevention campaign, global networks of literacy and learning centers and the Scientology Volunteer Minister program now comprising the largest independent relief force on Earth. The Information Center’s multimedia displays include nearly 500 documentary films.

The 28,000-square-foot Church of Scientology Community Center is located on the Vermont Avenue corridor in South Los Angeles. Originally built in the early 1930s the Church meticulously restored the historic art deco landmark.
The 28,000-square-foot Church of Scientology Community Center is located on the Vermont Avenue corridor in South Los Angeles. Originally built in the early 1930s the Church meticulously restored the historic art deco landmark.

The new Community Center on Vermont Avenue is housed in an historic art deco landmark that dates from the early 1930s and, which the Church has meticulously restored. It features a 380-seat event hall, the L. Ron Hubbard Community Auditorium, designed for community events and as a meeting ground for residents of all denominations. In that respect, it is a venue dedicated to community-wide initiatives in the spirit of the Founder’s vision of all church denominations working together to achieve the common dream of all religions. The Center further features numerous classrooms and seminar facilities for a full range of civic programs, including a complete literacy and tutoring center.

Marking the significance of the occasion, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, officiated at the ceremony. In pointing to what this day represents, Mr. Miscavige stated:

“This new Church of Scientology is quite literally imbued with the contributions and global spirit of Scientologists from more than a hundred nations. In that respect, it reflects the greater shape of Scientology—both body and soul. Moreover, it reflects the attributes of greatness all religions traditionally sought to inspire, including decency, nobility, compassion and charity. And that’s also the spirit in which we provide our new Community Center, open for use by one and all, for the benefit of all its residents.”

Marking the significance of this day, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, officiated at the ceremony.
Marking the significance of this day, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, officiated at the ceremony.

Welcoming the new Church were Inglewood City Councilmember, Ralph Franklin; Inglewood Chief of Police, Jacqueline Seabrooks; President of NAACP Los Angeles, Leon Jenkins; Executive Director of the gang intervention group 2nd Call, Skipp Townsend; and Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray, retired head of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles and now Professor of Religious Studies at USC.

City Councilmember Ralph Franklin welcomed the new Church: “I for one am very excited about your move to your new home. Thank you for being our anchor to Market Street. You are helping revitalize downtown and offering us a platform from which we can make a segue into our greater future. I have faith that your presence will be the catalyst for this city’s renaissance. And so it is with great pleasure that on behalf of all of us here in the City of Inglewood I say congratulations on your new home and welcome to the family.”

Chief of Police Jacqueline Seabrooks, spoke of the solutions offered by the Church’s anti-drug initiative: “I have been aware of your Drug-Free World program and know that this program that has been supported by various entities here in Inglewood and in the larger environment. I must say that I am impressed by your dedicated initiative to ensure ‘The Truth About Drugs’ message is made available to everyone. Your volunteers are an active force, distributing educational materials and holding drug education seminars. Your colorful, information booklets are popular and effective. Because I have a strong background in education, I admire what you’ve done and what you continue to do to bring the drug abuse issue into the educational arena.”

Los Angeles NAACP President Leon Jenkins recognized the effectiveness of the Church’s human rights programs: “The Church of Scientology is taking an instrumental role in the change we need. Because what your Church does is address the individual. You know that everybody is different. That’s why your human rights program speaks to every one of us. And one by one you are helping to bring about a just society that can live in harmony together. The Church sets a standard for others in religion and in human rights. I think there are quite some groups that could take a lesson or two from you all. My hat is off to you for that.”

Executive Director of 2nd Call, Skipp Townsend, acknowledged the empowerment that comes from the Church’s programs: “We are grateful that the Church of Scientology is here and provides a stream of resources to the City of Inglewood. Your church is an open door to those individuals who seek betterment in the community. The beauty of it is that the Church has both developed a community and opened the doors to the community. That’s not just development, that’s empowerment. You empower the people. And I am sure the Church will continue the empowerment process by leaving the door open, so they can come in and get the resources and benefits you have to offer.”

Rev. Cecil “Chip” Murray, retired head of the First A.M.E Church in Los Angeles and now Professor of Religious Studies at USC, expressed highest regard for Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology: “My friends, this new Church is an opportunity to make change. I encourage you, the community, to take full advantage. L. Ron Hubbard was a genius of a man who could say, ‘Here’s the problem, here’s the solution, and here are the details of how you achieve that solution.’ Well here is a mansion that has been constructed by L. Ron Hubbard, an architect of the soul and a designer of dreams. Our challenge is to make use of what we have been given. I am so very thankful for what you bring us today. God bless you all.”





Scientology Inglewood makes front page news!

26 03 2012





Scientology Community Center in South L.A. welcomed by City Officials at Inaugural Open House

25 03 2012

City, State and Federal officials joined community leaders, residents and guests in celebrating the Church of Scientology Community Center’s inaugural open house Saturday November 12.

Captain Kato of the 77th precinct urged those present to use the resources available at the Center.

The 28,000-square-foot Community Center is located on 81st and Vermont Blvd. in South Los Angeles. L.A. City Council Member Bernard Parks welcomed the Center to his district, presenting a commendation in celebration of the inaugural Open House. The Community Center officially opened last weekend in a joint ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by 5,000 people at the Church of Scientology Inglewood just a few minutes away on Market Street.

Captain Kato of the 77th precinct urged those present to use the resources available at the Center. United States Congresswoman Maxine Waters presented the Church with a certificate of special recognition on behalf of Congress. Congresswoman Karen Bass wrote a message acknowledging the Church for “its many humanitarian initiatives and social betterment programs for the benefit of South Los Angeles.” Live Entertainment was provided by local talent including the Community Center’s own staff.

Los Angeles City Council Member Bernard Parks presented the Church of Scientology Community Center Executives with a special commendation welcoming them to his district: “The contributions you have made to the community are truly valuable and will be long cherished by many.”

The Church of Scientology Community Center features a 380-seat event hall, the L. Ron Hubbard Community Auditorium, designed for community events and as a meeting ground for residents of all denominations. The Center includes numerous classrooms and seminar facilities for a full range of civic programs, including a complete literacy and tutoring center. It is open 10:00am to 9:30pm Monday through Friday and 10:00am to 6:00pm Saturday and Sunday.





Scientology Inglewood Hosts Finale of International Human Rights World Tour

25 03 2012

The Church of Scientology hosted closing ceremonies March 23 for the 9th annual Youth for Human Rights International World Tour at the L. Ron Hubbard Auditorium of the Scientology Community Center at 8039 S. Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles.

The ceremony capped the human rights group’s five-week 28,000-mile journey through seven nations. Youth for Human Rights representatives from Mexico, Liberia, and Japan presented highlights of the 2012 World Tour’s activities in their countries.

On behalf of Youth for Human Rights International, founder and president Dr. Mary Shuttleworth accepted proclamations and commendations from U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass of California, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts and Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks, acknowledging the accomplishments of the organization in human rights education.

Other acknowledgements came from Mr. Irving Sarnoff, Co-Founder of Friends of the United Nations: “Youth For Human Rights International, under the outstanding leadership of Dr. Mary Shuttleworth and supported by the Church of Scientology, has done an incredible job in the promotion and distribution of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”

Dr. Elizabeth McKinney, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Project Development Foundation, said, “Knowledge is power and human rights education empowers people to be the best that they can be, knowing that no law, no person or rule can deny them their right to dignity and peace.”

The 9th Annual Youth for Human Rights World Tour launched from Los Angeles and traveled to Mexico, Liberia, Togo, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Taiwan and Japan. In Taiwan, the tour met with President Ma Ying-jeou to introduce him to the program and materials. While in Mexico, they released “Artists United for Human Rights,” a booklet featuring 34 prominent Mexican performing artists promoting the 30 articles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In Ethiopia, Youth for Human Rights International, in partnership with the Ethiopia Human Rights Commission, released a booklet covering the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia and second most-spoken Semitic language in the world after Arabic. In each country they held conferences and meetings with other national and state officials and prominent nongovernment organizations to arrange implementation of Youth for Human Rights educational materials and curricula.

Other guest speakers at the closing ceremonies included Angela Madsen, six-time member and gold medalist of the U.S. National Paralympics Team; Dr. Howard M. Holt, Founder and Executive Director of Elohim Dream Builders; Dr. Pouran Ameli of the American-Iranian Friendship Association and Rev. Elizabeth McKinney, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Project Development Foundation.

Youth for Human Rights International has circled the globe nine times in as many years, traveling more than a quarter of a million miles to promote human rights education to officials, educators, and nongovernment organizations in 80 countries.

The purpose of Youth for Human Rights International is to teach youth about human rights, specifically the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and inspire them to become valuable advocates for tolerance and peace. For more information visit www.youthforhumanrights.org.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has grown to more than 10,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups and millions of members in 167 nations.





Scientology Community Center Mural Wins Award

25 03 2012

The beautiful mural at the entrance of our Community Center just won first place award in the 2012 International Sign Contest!

The Banners/Murals/Supergraphics category comprises probably the most unique results, with the three different technologies winning awards. An acrylic, mosaic-style mural, produced by in-house signmakers for the Inglewood, CA Church of Scientology, took first… Church officials wanted a mural above the entrance at its community-center entrance – nearby on L.A.’s south side – to pay tribute to the area’s cultural legacy.





Life Improvement Courses

22 03 2012

Your happiness is probably your most valuable possession. Scientology Life Improvement Courses provide the tools to achieve the happiness you want.

They are based on L. Ron Hubbard’s fundamental discoveries of existence — breakthroughs that answer the most pressing questions in our lives.

There are twenty courses in all. Each addresses a specific part of life, and each contains the facts and tools to make that aspect of living the way it should be. Scientology Life Improvement Courses give you the skills to succeed in relationships, marriage, family and finance, the know‑how to overcome ups and downs, to know who you can trust, to organize your life, to achieve your goals and much more.

With true knowledge and real tools, whatever is wrong in your life can be put right, and whatever is right in your life can get even better.

This course was like the instruction manual on how to use a magic wand. It showed me how to do things that were amazing. I knew I could do these things I just didn’t know how, but now I do!”

“I loved this course!!! I felt like it was a program written just for me. There are tools that I can put to use right away.”

Goals and Purposes

How to Get Motivated Formulas for Living Scientology Tools to Organize for Success
Effective Time Management Setting and Achieving Your Goals Scientology Tools for Effective Leadership

Survival and Prosperity

Scientology Tools for Overcoming Financial Stress Scientology Tools for Financial Security Scientology Principles of Prosperity

Marriage

Creating a Successful Marriage Maintaining a Happy Marriage Salvaging a Marriage

Children

Having a Happy Baby Successfully Raising Children Successfully Parenting Tweens & Teens

Ethics and Survival

Overcoming Ups & Downs in Life Personal Values & Integrity How to Improve Relationships with Others
Knowing Who You Can Trust How to Achieve Self-Confidence

Recover all of the joy and happiness that rightfully belong to you. Scientology Life Improvement Courses will show you the way.

For information on how to sign up, contact us.





March 13 Designated L. Ron Hubbard Day in Inglewood, California

22 03 2012

Inglewood City Councilman Ralph Franklin presented a proclamation honoring Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the Church of Scientology of Inglewood, on March 8, 2012, marking the 101st anniversary of the birth of L. Ron Hubbard.

Inglewood, California—In commemoration of the birth of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in his centennial year, Inglewood, California, has designated March 13 as L. Ron Hubbard Day.

Inglewood City Councilman Ralph Franklin presented a special commendation in City Council chambers March 8, to the Church of Scientology of Inglewood.

Signed by Mayor James T. Butts Jr. and members of theInglewood City Council, the commendation states:

L. Ron Hubbard is highly regarded and respected.  His work has brightened the lives of people from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and walks of life, and his vision has made a notable impact on the residents of the City of Inglewood.”

The Public Information Center of the newly opened Church of Scientology of Inglewood at South Market Street in Inglewood, and the Church of Scientology Community Center at the intersection of 81st and S. Vermont Street in South Los Angeles, include extensive multimedia presentations on the life and legacy of L. Ron Hubbard.

The Information Centers further provide an overview of the many Church-sponsored humanitarian programs active in Inglewood and in cities the world over.





Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Inglewood March in Support of Martin Luther King Day of Service

22 03 2012

Scientology Volunteer Ministers were proud to participate in the 27th annual Kingdom Parade in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology of Inglewood marched on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Los Angeles January 16, in observation of Martin Luther King Day of Service 2012.

Brass bands, cheerleaders, drill teams, gang intervention groups, law enforcement officers and government officials filled the street. And thousands of spectators waived and cheered along the 2.5-mile parade route, barely hearing friends greeting them with “Happy King Day” over the blare of air horns.

The 27th annual Kingdom Day Parade honored Dr. King, whose message of freedom and nonviolence inspires people of all faiths, backgrounds and ages.

In the spirit of the day—a day of service—at the end of the parade, the Inglewood Scientology Volunteer Ministers welcomed the community to an information booth where they introduced visitors to services available at the new Inglewood Church of Scientology and the Scientology Community Center in South L.A.: free tutoring, one-on-one help, and a wide selection of courses in practical life-skills—from improving job performance to conflict resolution, salvaging marriages and helping a friend or loved one overcome addiction.

The Church of Scientology of Inglewood, at 315 South Market Street, is open from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Church of Scientology Community Center at 81st and Vermont in South L.A. is open 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the Church of Scientology and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers visit http://www.Scientology.org.

The Scientology Volunteer Minister program was initiated by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in 1976. There are now hundreds of thousands of people across 185 nations trained in the skills of a Volunteer Minister.








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