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Moscow, Russia: Anti-drug activity

Moscow, Russia: Anti-drug activity

Scientologists distribute booklets on the truth about the most commonly abused drugs and collect signatures from citizens who pledge to remain drug-free.

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Church of Scientology of Moscow Drug Education and Prevention a Year-Round Activity

No matter the weather, Moscow Scientologists carry out drug education and prevention to help counter drug abuse trends in their city.

Despite frigid conditions, volunteers from the Church of Scientology took their drug education and prevention activities to the streets of Moscow this week, distributing 2,600 fliers and collecting 2,000 signatures on drug-free pledges. And for good reason.

According to a 2010 United Nations study, Russia has the world’s highest per capita heroin use, resulting in 30,000 to 40,000 drug-related deaths in the country each year. 

The Russian Federal Service for the Control of Narcotics reported a 15-fold rise in the number of drug-related crimes and a tenfold increase in the number of Russian drug users from 1996 to 2006. As reported in The New York Times this week, an estimated 1.8 million users inject drugs in that country—the highest of any nation in the world. To worsen matters, addiction is hitting young people the hardest—the majority of drug addicts are 16-30, and over the last decade, the age of first use dropped from 17 to 14.

Volunteers from the Church of Scientology of Moscow, determined to reverse this trend, carry out drug education and prevention activities throughout the year. They distribute drug education and prevention booklets and flyers and collect signatures on their drug-free pledge every week.  They organize a wide variety of activities, including street events and concerts. In June 2011 they carried out a marathon that traveled through 12 nearby cities.

To learn more about the drug prevention initiative sponsored by the Church of Scientology or to participate, visit the Scientology website.

The Church of Scientology of Moscow celebrated its grand opening at its new home on Taganskaya Street February 26, 2011. The new Church is designed to serve as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground of cooperative efforts to uplift citizens of all denominations.

Julie Brinker, Doing What She Loves in Service to the Community of Nashville, Tennessee

Scientologist Julie Forney Brinker has been making a difference in people’s lives through community service for most of her life.

Julie Brinker, née Forney, is carrying forward a family tradition of service. And she is having the time of her life.

Now 21, Julie was only 4 when she first insisted that her mother, Ellen Maher-Forney, President of the Church of Scientology of St. Louis, Missouri, swear her in as a Drug-Free Marshal. That way, she could help other kids pledge to live drug-free lives.

By the time she was 16, Julie had clocked enough volunteer hours in service to the community to be honored, along with her mother, with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award by President George W. Bush.

Always precocious, at 19 Julie embarked on a career of her own, coordinating community affairs for the new Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre of Nashville, Tennessee, which was dedicated and opened April 25, 2009.

But being in the public eye was not always easy for Julie.

“I loved doing community work but my whole life I had trouble communicating to others—I was timid, reserved, wouldn’t speak up. And I didn’t like having to talk in front of a group,” she says.

All that changed when Julie enrolled on a Scientology communication course at age 16.

“Suddenly, I didn’t get nervous around people,” she says. “I no longer had a problem saying what I wanted to say.”

Once in Nashville, Julie energetically took on her new responsibilities. In May 2010, when the Cumberland River overflowed its banks, engulfing downtown Nashville and flooding thousands of residents from their homes and tourists from their hotels, Julie mobilized the Church’s Scientology Volunteer Ministers Corps. They staffed shelters and helped the city reunite evacuated hotel guests with their luggage and find flights home. And when the floodwater receded, Julie personally led the Church’s cleanup brigade, helping flood victims salvage their possessions and begin putting their homes back together.

In 2010, Julie moved on from disaster relief to establish the “Foundation for a Drug-Free Tennessee,” a grassroots drug education initiative. In its first year, volunteers have taken its “truth about drugs” message to 15,000 students in 12 counties across Tennessee.

Nashville is also special to Julie for another reason. The day she arrived, she met Jesse Brinker, and they married in March 2011.

“The moment I saw him, I knew I was looking at my future husband,” she says.

Looking forward to many more years of service, Julie is cheerful, energetic and focused. She describes it this way:

“Here I am now, doing a job I adore in a city I love and married to an amazing man.”

To learn more about what Scientologists are doing to create a better world, watch “Meet a Scientologist” videos at www.Scientology.org.

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The popular “Meet a Scientologist” profiles on the Church of Scientology International Video Channel at Scientology.org now total more than 200 broadcast-quality documentary videos featuring Scientologists from diverse locations and walks of life. The personal stories are told by Scientologists who are educators, teenagers, skydivers, a golf instructor, a hip-hop dancer, IT manager, stunt pilot, mothers, fathers, dentists, photographers, actors, musicians, fashion designers, engineers, students, business owners and more.

A digital pioneer and leader in the online religious community, in April 2008 the Church of Scientology became the first major religion to launch its own official YouTube Video Channel, which has now been viewed by millions of visitors.

Church of Scientology Distributes Drug Abuse and Addiction Facts Internationally

Los Angeles, California — April 26, 2009 — Members, friends and allies of Scientologists and Church of Scientology missions and churches in countries around the world are carrying out an all-out international effort this month to do something effective about drug abuse and addiction in their communities.


Treating April as “Drug Information Month,” volunteers distribute copies of 13 separate drug education booklets, which give simple and direct facts about drugs. These free booklets cover the effects of drugs such as marijuana, alcohol, prescription drugs, cocaine, heroine, crystal meth, crack, painkillers, LSD, Ecstasy, and Ritalin (known as “kiddie cocaine”), and show how these substances destroy a person’s health, creativity, family and relationships.

Scientologists distributed over 3,000 drug facts booklets in Hamburg, Germany, and thousands more in Berlin and Dusseldorf. Volunteers in Cagliari, Italy helped several hundred people learn the truth about drugs, many of whom asked for more booklets to pass on to their friends.

Teams in Marseilles, Angers, Clermont, Bordeaux, Nice and Lyon, France passed out more than 10,000 booklets.  In Paris, volunteers went right to the most notorious neighborhoods in the city, passing out booklets to at-risk teenagers and youth while local police quietly stood by to guard against retaliation from drug dealers.

“Our booklets were in such high demand,” said one of the volunteers. “We had teachers coming up to us to ask for copies for their students, two medical doctors wanted them for their waiting rooms and a professor liked them so much he grabbed some booklets and joined us.”

In Amsterdam, where the sale of so-called “soft drugs” is legal and “coffee shop” is a code name for a hash bar, volunteers passed out over 500 drug education booklets.  In Auckland, New Zealand volunteers handed out some 1,200 copies at a marketplace.

Countless lives are lost to drugs. Newspapers and TV news shows spotlight the famous artists who die from drug overdose, but most people have experienced personally the loss of a friend or family member through drug abuse.  Many of those who resort to selling sex are supporting their habits. Our prisons are full of men and women who are there because they dealt drugs or are drug addicts who committed crimes to support their habits. Governments, nonprofit organizations and private individuals spend billions every year in an attempt to combat this tragedy.


Scientologists and Scientology churches, missions and groups partner with people from all faiths, professions and walks of life to do something effective to counter drug abuse.   For more information visit the Scientology video channel at www.scientology.org or www.youtube.com/ChurchofScientology

New documentation: Scientology recognized in Europe and the World

(from scientologyandme.wordpress.com)

Cover Sheet of Scientology Religous Recognition Booklet

Download the booklet Scientology Recognitions in Europe and the World (english)

Since 1954, when the first Church of Scientology was founded, the religion as grown to approximately 10 million members and is present through its churches, missions or groups in over 150 countries around the world.

Wherever the church exists, it endeavours to register as some form of non-profit ssociation with religious purposes, according to the laws of that country, with the exception of countries where such registration is not possible. The legal systems of each country often differ significantly. Some have official registries of religions here all groups are obliged to register and meet certain criteria. Others take the opposite view and specifically prohibit keeping official lists of ‘accepted’ religions onsidering that this is not a matter that falls within the jurisdiction of the State. Governments and courts of many different countries recognize the religious character of Scientology. This booklet is intended to give some understanding of how Scientology is seen in Europe and elsewhere around the world.

Europe

The majority of countries in the European Union do not have a religious registry system within their legal framework (or even a form of official religious recognition). In those countries that do have a form of registry procedure (including countries who are not part of the EU), Scientology has been recognized as a religion in the following – Sweden, Portugal, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia and Albania.

The majority of States in the European Union have other forms of recognition. In many of these countries, Scientology has been recognized as a religion through administrative and judicial decisions, including decisions by the highest court in the country. These decisions include the following countries – Italy, Denmark, Austria, Germany, UK and Norway.

World

There are many other judicial, administrative and registry recognitions in other countries of the world too. Some examples are – USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, Nepal, Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Brazil, India, Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Courts have determined that Scientology must be treated the same as other religions throughout Europe, including decisions concerning Scientology rendered by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Commission
on Human Rights which establish binding precedent in all 46 European countries that have signed and ratified the European Convention on Human Rights. In addition to the European Court of Human Rights and the European Commission on Human Rights decisions, Scientology has also been recognized as a religion through numerous judicial and administrative rulings in many European countries.

Finally Scientology has been recognized and registered as a religion in many countries that have a religious registry.

This booklet is currently available in english, spanish and russian.

Scientology in Durban

The Times South Africa


GOOD WORKS: The Church of Scientology plans to turn this
prime site in Durban into a centre for community project