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Atlanta
By John F. Sugg

In the city that rose like the phoenix to become a vital hub of the South, the new Church of Scientology commits to uplift every community from drugs, crime and human rights abuse.

April in Atlanta is the time of year that dogwood trees bloom, creating canopies of white, and occasionally pink, flowers. When so much of the South's cultural and financial capital is blanketed with the dogwoods, the city celebrates a joyful rebirth after the winter.

And in one corner of Atlanta, at the teeming fork of Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive, on April 2, 2016, the gaiety of dogwood time was accompanied by another very special occasion: the opening of the new Atlanta Church of Scientology.

The religion has been well established in Atlanta since 1973—but the new Church is something to talk about. Yes, it exudes Southern charm throughout its 45,000 square feet, with stately columns and graceful porticos. But the Old South is long gone with the wind, and the New South is a place of bustle and getting things done, in this birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, the city that calls itself “too busy to hate." Click to continue reading... http://gplus.link/dzps2
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THE METRICS AND DIMENSIONS OF CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY GLOBAL EXPANSION

An organized collection of the astounding numbers that detail Scientology's unprecedented and global growth! http://gplus.link/dzhbr
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Scientology Church Expansion - 55 new Churches build foundation for a better world

“So much to do, so little time," jazz great Louis Armstrong complained in a 1938 recording. And as so many others have realized, life is brimming with urgency and crisis, and the time allotted is never enough.

After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on America, David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, faced the same dilemma of work versus time—but the stakes were higher than at any other period in human history. Indeed, if something wasn't done about the unraveling of society, humanity faced ultimate calamities.

“Humanity's plunge into chaos hasn't slowed," said Mr. Miscavige. “We had to act."

Scientology has the tools to reverse the decline. But how could the religion provide those tools to enough people in enough time? One answer was to open Churches of a sufficient scale to do the job. That presented another obstacle: how to build enough Churches that met the religion's demanding criteria—and get them done quickly enough.

“People said we should do things gradually," the Scientology leader said. “But that got us nowhere, and buildings took too long to plan, construct and open."

More than 30 years earlier, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard had defined the space, design and staffing for Churches of Scientology necessary to speed Scientologists to their full spiritual potential, while at the same time serving as emanation points of humanitarian and social betterment crusades.

Yet, if Scientologists in scores of cities each tried to design, fund and construct such grand Churches, the job would take years, decades, centuries. “At that rate, we were never going to get there," Mr. Miscavige recalled thinking at that time.

How the Church “got there" was Mr. Miscavige's intense planning. The key thinking was the scale of what had to be done. The Church brought in a master designer, the internationally renowned Gensler architectural firm. Every new Church had to be distinctive for its locale—but at the same time, vast economies of time and resources could be achieved by standardization. A water faucet is a water faucet, whether in Taiwan or Atlanta.

Another major advancement was to bring all coordination of Church building projects under a single authority, the International Design and Planning Office in Los Angeles. Letting that office organize the design and construction, Scientologists in each city were free to fundraise and develop community support.

“By unifying functions such as space planning, design and purchasing, we don't duplicate work," Mr. Miscavige said.

The program was launched in November 2003, with the first of the new Churches: Johannesburg, South Africa, was selected because of its distance from Scientology headquarters in the United States, and it has one of the oldest Scientologist communities in the world. The question needed to be answered: Were logistics so stretched by distance that there'd be problems? All it took was preparation and organization to solve those obstacles.

In a completely different scenario, San Francisco became the model of a Church in a world-class city. Finally, Buffalo, New York, made it clear that a Church could be established, funded, designed, constructed and opened in “anytown," typical cities that are the lifeblood of every nation.

As the speed of Church openings increased, the religion could rightfully proclaim, “We can do it. We are doing it." Expansion, growth, opening up new areas for more growth and expansion—that was the crusade Mr. Miscavige set for Scientology.

By the turn of 2016, 50 new Churches had opened their doors on six continents in cities from Berlin and Bogotá to Tokyo and Tel Aviv.

Expansion continued through the last 12 months, with new Churches opening their doors in storied cities from Atlanta, Georgia and Harlem, NYC, to Budapest, Hungary and Sydney, Australia, as featured in the pages that follow.

The new Scientology Churches around the world are the plan put into motion by Mr. Miscavige after the turn of this new millennium—now 55 new Churches championing the cause for humanity. It's a plan that continues to accelerate, with yet 50 more already underway. http://gplus.link/dxp4k
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Sydney, AU, September 4, 2016
By Dan Luzadder

The all-new Scientology headquarters for Australia and the Asia Pacific region is the Church's largest spiritual center outside of the United States. Click to read the entire article... http://gplus.link/dxjt9
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Scientology Media Productions - The Voice of Scientology
Historic studio becomes religion's media launching pad for the 21st century.

This studio is home to Scientology Media Productions, or SMP, and the superbly crafted videos and music, the spectacular public events, the audience-impacting magazines, and the soon-to-be on-air TV and radio portals have important messages: There's hope for a troubled world.

“You want to see what media should be like? Media that serve mankind, improve civilization, find solutions to social rot? This is it," says Mitch Brisker, senior director who oversees much of the audio-visual production at SMP.

Surrounding the conference room where Brisker and other studio executives meet each Friday is the Broadcast Building, one of the structures at SMP that combine the romantic history of moviemaking with 21st century technology to create a unique—as in, it exists nowhere else—5-acre media powerhouse. At most modern studios nowadays many activities are outsourced to vendors, but at SMP all production and media platforms are embedded in one highly integrated facility. Towering over everything is a 150-foot antenna tower, both a real and a symbolic statement to the planet that SMP is the voice of Scientology.

There are sound stages and editing studios, creative suites, and print and broadcast newsrooms, special effects that materialize from computerized magic and the sawing-and-cranking of set construction. There are ultra-modern offices, and 100-year-old outdoor corridors that have been painstakingly restored. Click to read the full article... http://gplus.link/dwkun
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DAVID MISCAVIGE - ECCLESIASTICAL LEADER OF THE SCIENTOLOGY RELIGION
MAKING THE VISION REAL
By John F. Sugg

“Vision." The word denotes “unusual discernment or foresight," according to one dictionary. Another definition describes “a thought, concept or object formed by the imagination."

Vision, transformed into decisive action, became manifest in the heart of the American South on April 2, 2016, staking out turf in Atlanta, Georgia. The vision garnered multi-dimensional worldwide substance on May 28 in Hollywood, California and continued its progress on June 25 in Clearwater, Florida. Then Budapest, Hungary welcomed the vision on July 23, as did Harlem in New York City on July 31, accompanied by a jazz melody. Extending across the globe, the vision materialized in Sydney, Australia, on September 4. Spanning the planet again, the vision was planted in Dublin, Ireland, on October 15.

That vision was first enunciated by the Founder of the Scientology religion, L. Ron Hubbard. He described the optimum Church of Scientology as a place “where people came to achieve freedom and where they had confidence they would attain it. … One could look at this [Church] and know that this was the place a new civilization was being established for this planet."

Carrying out that vision today is another man, David Miscavige, the ecclesiastical leader of the religion. His commanding stewardship of the Church for the last three decades has turned Mr. Hubbard's vision into decisive action. http://gplus.link/dw5ik
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This is the International Association of Scientologists
By Dan Luzadder

East Grinstead, England—As evening settles over Saint Hill, a few scattered clouds linger overhead; a light October chill and a cacophony of languages float on the air. Guests in black ties, evening gowns and ethnic attire transcend cultures as they form one crowd from 65 nations and are greeted, welcomed and funneled up the stairs toward an elaborate stage. Cameras flash and a contingent of bagpipers in traditional kilts add their unique festivity. Anticipation is palpable.

It is the eve of the seventh day of the tenth month—the anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS). Its members and guests have gathered for each of the past 32 years to mark the association's birth on this date, in this sylvan and peaceful setting that was once home to author, humanitarian and Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. Click to read the entire article... http://gplus.link/dw3vq
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DAVID MISCAVIGE - ECCLESIASTICAL LEADER OF THE SCIENTOLOGY RELIGION
MAKING THE VISION REAL
By John F. Sugg

“Vision." The word denotes “unusual discernment or foresight," according to one dictionary. Another definition describes “a thought, concept or object formed by the imagination."

Vision, transformed into decisive action, became manifest in the heart of the American South on April 2, 2016, staking out turf in Atlanta, Georgia. The vision garnered multi-dimensional worldwide substance on May 28 in Hollywood, California and continued its progress on June 25 in Clearwater, Florida. Then Budapest, Hungary welcomed the vision on July 23, as did Harlem in New York City on July 31, accompanied by a jazz melody. Extending across the globe, the vision materialized in Sydney, Australia, on September 4. Spanning the planet again, the vision was planted in Dublin, Ireland, on October 15.

That vision was first enunciated by the Founder of the Scientology religion, L. Ron Hubbard. He described the optimum Church of Scientology as a place “where people came to achieve freedom and where they had confidence they would attain it. … One could look at this [Church] and know that this was the place a new civilization was being established for this planet."

Carrying out that vision today is another man, David Miscavige, the ecclesiastical leader of the religion. His commanding stewardship of the Church for the last three decades has turned Mr. Hubbard's vision into decisive action. http://gplus.link/dvz4h
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Freedom Magazine News Briefs: Opioid Epidemic Even Affecting Toddlers

With 260 million prescriptions written annually for prescription painkillers—nearly enough to put a prescription in every home in America—almost everyone knows someone affected by the opioid epidemic. Yet it would likely come as a surprise that even toddlers are getting their hands on these deadly prescriptions.

Julie Gaither, a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University School of Medicine, and her colleagues published a paper in JAMA Pediatrics that showed a 205 percent jump from 1997 to 2012 in the rate of opioid poisoning for children ages 1 to 4, with the increase for all children being 165 percent.

“A lot of the solutions and interventions needed to address the opioid crisis are complex. But limiting exposure for children doesn't have to be. We need to realize the opioid crisis is affecting us all, throughout the lifespan from neonates through the elderly," Gaither told Time. Click to read more Freedom Magazine News Briefs... http://gplus.link/dvt4p
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Freedom Magazine News Briefs: Opioid Epidemic Even Affecting Toddlers

With 260 million prescriptions written annually for prescription painkillers—nearly enough to put a prescription in every home in America—almost everyone knows someone affected by the opioid epidemic. Yet it would likely come as a surprise that even toddlers are getting their hands on these deadly prescriptions.

Julie Gaither, a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University School of Medicine, and her colleagues published a paper in JAMA Pediatrics that showed a 205 percent jump from 1997 to 2012 in the rate of opioid poisoning for children ages 1 to 4, with the increase for all children being 165 percent.

“A lot of the solutions and interventions needed to address the opioid crisis are complex. But limiting exposure for children doesn't have to be. We need to realize the opioid crisis is affecting us all, throughout the lifespan from neonates through the elderly," Gaither told Time. Click to read more Freedom Magazine News Briefs... http://gplus.link/dvkg7
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