Monday, November 2, 2009
Grand Opening of the new National Church of Scientology in Washington
Says the Church of Scientology:
"It is with great pride that we present to you our new Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC. The opening of this Church marks both the beginning of a new era for our Scientology parishioners and for all people who live and work in our nation's capital - the heart and center of the Free World.
Over half a century ago, the Founding Church of Scientology was established in Washington, DC. In addition to being the home of our Church, the nation's capital was also once home to our Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and is a city he held very dear to his heart as the location of many significant events in his life.
During the formative years of Dianetics and Scientology, Mr. Hubbard frequently returned to Washington and served as the Church's Executive Director until 1959. As such, this city and church holds an integral place n our religion's history and has played a pivotal role in our expansion since that time.
The international importance in today's world of the capital of the United States of America has never been greater. At the same time, innovation on a global scale has never been higher. It has given us the Internet and a world where over a billion people can communicate to anyone anywhere in a nanosecond. Yet these and many other twenty-first century technological marvels have not been matched by commensurate advances in the humanities.
What has eluded Man in his hectic forward progress are the answers to their most deep-seated questions - Who am I? Where do I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? Science has not solved the riddles of the mind - nor unraveled the mysteries behind broken relationships, instability in the workplace, general unhappiness, unreasonable fears and insecurity.
And what of the social challenges - those that impact on our daily lives: crime, violence, illiteracy and intolerance?
These and many other questions are the province of the Scientology religion. Scientology has answers to these problems. Real answers. Answers that work for individuals and entire cultures. Our new Church is a testament to our commitment to bring these solutions to all the people of Washington, DC.
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."
And with more than 8,000 Churches, Missions and Groups worldwide, ministering to millions across 165 nations in over 50 languages, Scientologists are making those aims a reality by providing real answers, guidance and assistance in thousands of cities, towns and villages. "