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CRUSADING TO ELIMINATE DRUG-RELATED DEVASTATION ACROSS NEW ZEALAND

“We have a lot of suicides. We have a lot of families being broken apart," says Thomas Henry, whose is dedicated to helping Maori youth live better and happier lives.

Henry is Chairman of the Mangere Maori Wardens Association, a community volunteer organization that operates under auspices of the Ministry of Maori Development to ensure the safety and security of youth and the community as a whole.

In Mangere, a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, Henry finds that although the social problems are severe and diverse, they share a common source—drug and alcohol addiction.

To address this, he works in partnership with the Church of Scientology of Auckland.

“The Church of Scientology and their Drug-Free Ambassadors are able to come out and interact with our community," he says.

Henry uses The Truth About Drugs booklets in his drug education presentations, which he says receive great response from the kids—they are “blown away" by the information they learn. http://gplus.link/ddk96
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Helping Keep Rome Beautiful With A New Garden - The Way to Happiness Foundation

The Rome chapter of The Way to Happiness Foundation transformed a derelict stretch of road into a garden as part of its program to safeguard and improve the environment. The group's activities are coordinated by the Church of Scientology of Rome.

As in other Scientology Churches around the world, the Church of Scientology of Rome sponsors a chapter of The Way to Happiness Foundation that carries out community cleanups in keeping with precept 12 of the nonreligious, common-sense moral code, “Safeguard and improve your environment." The volunteers adopted a stretch of road and brought it back to life.

As they worked on the project, carting out litter, debris and weeds, local residents joined in, including a young man who confessed he had contributed to making the traffic island an eyesore and was relieved that someone was taking the project on.

The young man's mother later contacted the Church, grateful that someone was helping to channel her son's energies into something constructive.

The Way to Happiness was written in 1981. Immensely popular since its first publication, the campaign has been embraced by more than 250,000 groups and individuals, with some 115 million copies distributed in 115 languages in 186 nations.

The Church of Scientology and its members are proud to share the tools for happier living contained in The Way to Happiness. http://gplus.link/ddjkc
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The Humanitarian Side of Actor Sheena Chohan

Actor, model and former Lakme Miss Kolkata and Miss India Universe, Sheena Chohan is an ambassador of Youth for Human Rights International and is committed to making human rights a reality.

“I may come across as an actor and presenter first, but I am also a humanitarian," said Sheena Chohan in an interview with the Dhaka Tribune.

In the Bangladesh capital to host the fourth season of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) annual cricket competition, the Kolkata native brought another dimension to her role as “BPL Girl" this year.

“I wish to raise awareness regarding the 30 basic human rights everyone is entitled to as declared by the U.N. More importantly, I wish to concentrate on stopping the violations of those rights because I believe that if the youth take on the responsibility in our own sphere and do our bit, we can create a lot of changes in society."

Chohan, who was nominated as best actress at the 2014 Dubai and Shanghai Film Festivals for the award-winning Bangladeshi movie Ant Story (Pipra Bidya), believes in human rights education—that by providing youth with the knowledge that they were born free or that they are innocent until proven guilty, “that would empower them and contribute to making a fair and just society."

An ardent supporter of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), on arriving in Dhaka, Chohan met with the YHRI Bangladesh chapter. “They are working in universities and at grassroots levels. To help them in their mission to counter human rights abuse by raising awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she decided to bring together actors, singers and performers to create a uniquely Bangladeshi human rights video.

“If we know our human rights, we can protect them and help others protect them," says Chohan. “We can stop things like child labor, human trafficking, and gender inequality. A great many things in society can be improved. That's the change I want to see."

Youth for Human Rights International is one of the humanitarian programs supported by Scientologists and the Church of Scientology, inspired by the principles expressed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, who wrote, “It is vital that all thinking men urge upon their governments sweeping reforms in the field of human rights." http://gplus.link/ddip6
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In Torino, a Smile and a Friendly Word Greet Those in Need

The Community Civil Protection Volunteers of the Church of Scientology Torino—providing relief to the community for 17 years.

With record numbers of homeless coping with plummeting winter temperatures in the Northern Italy city of Torino, the Community Civil Protection Volunteers of the Church of Scientology, PRO.CIVI.CO.S., are providing relief. They are helping man a relief station set up by the city in the Porta Nuova metro station.

“We try to give them a smile and a friendly word along with the hot tea," says PRO.CIVI.CO.S. president Beppe Tesio.

Established by a team of Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology of Torino (Turin) in 2002, PRO.CIVI.CO.S. has formed additional chapters in Scientology Churches in Milano, Verona, Modena and Padova.

“We are on call as part of the Municipal Section Joint Operations Center to provide assistance and supervision in times of critical environmental emergencies and disasters," says Tesio.

The volunteers help provide civil protection at local festivals and events, respond to disasters, and provide flood prevention by monitoring rivers and streams throughout Torino.

To ensure the best possible service to the community, in 2009, PRO.CIVI.CO.S. was involved in establishing a “field school" under the Civil Protection Commission Volunteer Services Center, and their volunteers attend and help run the annual meetings.

“When houses are destroyed or swept away, our priority is to help survivors rebuild and resume their lives as fast as possible," says Tesio. "Through the Volunteer Minister technology developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, we can help people learn the skills they need to improve the conditions they find themselves in—useful not only in times of disaster but also invaluable in dealing with all the situations and emergencies that arise in the course of living." http://gplus.link/ddi4f
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Church of Scientology Padova - Exposing the Most Common Lies about Recreational Drugs

Urging community involvement for maximum impact on the drug problem, the Church of Scientology Padova announces a drug prevention open house and drug education training seminar January 21, organized in coordination with the Padova chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

This year's World Drug Report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports that Italy is among the four largest European consumer markets of heroin trafficked from Afghanistan. Heroin prevalence rates in Italy showed a significant increase between 2008 and 2014, and according to a youth survey, use of heroin among 15-year-old boys in Italy doubled in 2015.

To address this and other important drug-related issues, the Church of Scientology Padova announced it will hold a drug prevention open house January 21 to bring the community together to tackle this urgent issue.

The Church invites any group or individual concerned with the drug problem to attend the program. By working together to expose the most common lies used to encourage use of recreational drugs, and by making the truth about drugs broadly known to youth, the Church aims to reach potential users before the dealers do.

The program will include a drug prevention seminar organized by the local chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World. Those attending will learn to deliver drug education lectures in schools, churches and community settings.

The Church of Scientology Padova works with civic and community groups and educators throughout the year to promote drug-free living by sponsoring sports events, setting up drug education booths, and holding drug education and prevention seminars at their Church at Villa Francesconi Lanza.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is one of the humanitarian programs supported by Scientologists and the Church of Scientology. In his research, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard found that “the single most destructive element present in our current culture is drugs." http://gplus.link/ddhu6
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New Scientology religion blog wins Feedspot “Top 50" Award

Just three months since launch, the scientologyreligion.org religious freedom blog has been recognized by Feedspot as one of the 50 best religion blogs on the Internet. Criteria include Google reputation and Google search ranking; influence and popularity on Facebook; twitter and other social media sites; quality and consistency of posts; Feedspot's editorial team and expert review.

With religious freedom an important principle at the heart of Scientology since the religion's inception more than 60 years ago, the blog aims to explore and clarify the subject, bringing global headlines down to earth and ensuring individuals have resources to understand what their rights encompass and what religious freedom truly means.

In a world increasingly beset with religious conflict and misunderstanding—where the media and blogs more often cloud than clarify specific faiths and faith at large—scientologyreligion.org works to provide a new and honest perspective.

“We are honored that Feedspot chose to recognize our contribution to the global conversation on religion," says Church of Scientology International Public Affairs Director Luis Gonzalez. “Feedspot recognition reflects that, although new, scientologyreligion.org has already made an impact, and of that, we are very proud. We look forward to further extending and enriching the online discussion about belief."

Beyond its blog on freedom of religion, scientologyreligion.org serves to provide an in-depth look at the Scientology religion itself through dozens of scholarly papers, a comprehensive overview of its beliefs and practices, and a detailed study of landmark decisions around the world that define religion and protect religious freedom for all. http://gplus.link/ddgj2
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Ambassador Brings Live Religious Freedom Discussion to Facebook

David N. Saperstein departed his position this month as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom in the U.S. Department of State. On the last day of his tenure, January 10, he moderated the first live Facebook conversation by the Office of International Religious Freedom.

Appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December 2014, he has served, as mandated by law, as principal adviser to the President and Secretary of State and chief diplomat on religious freedom issues around the world. He also headed the Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.

A rabbi and attorney, Mr. Saperstein has served religious liberty advocacy in numerous capacities throughout his career, including Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) for several decades; first chair, in 1999, of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; member of the first White House Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in 2009; member of the Religion and Foreign Policy working group of the State Department's Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society initiative, 2011–14; head of the Coalition to Protect Religious Liberty; chair of the NAACP Religious Affairs Committee; and seminar leader in First Amendment Church-State Law at Georgetown University.

Opening the live Facebook discussion, Ambassador Saperstein acknowledged the concurrent Religious Freedom Day and birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 16, and framing the online conversation with these words:

We are going to be discussing religious freedom and religious liberty. For the United States, it is a foundational idea—this idea that freedom of conscience, the rights that adhere in every human being as a human being, includes that pivotal right of belief and the ability to live in accordance with their conscience including in their religious practice. In our Bill of Rights it is the first freedom listed…

And this idea led to a political understanding—for the first time in human history—that one's rights as a citizen would be equal to all other citizens without regard to one's religious identity, practices or belief.

Now these ideas of the foundational concept of religious freedom, freedom of conscience, the equality of all people under the law no matter what their religious identify or beliefs—these also animated the drafting and the formation of the international order of human rights. It is reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights. These ideas are clearly stated as a fundamental right of every human being, every citizen, everywhere in the world, in every country.

And we are here today to talk about that with three very remarkable advocates on behalf of religious freedom.

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Meet a Scientologist: Astra, a Dancer, shares how Scientology has helped her with performance nerves and confidence. http://gplus.link/ddi2k
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THE WAY TO HAPPINESS PRECEPT #18: 'Respect The Religious Beliefs Of Others'

Tolerance is a good cornerstone on which to build human relationships. When one views the slaughter and suffering caused by religious intolerance down all the history of Man and into modern times, one can see that intolerance is a very non-survival activity.

Religious tolerance does not mean one cannot express his own beliefs. It does mean that seeking to undermine or attack the religious faith and beliefs of another has always been a short road to trouble.

Philosophers since the times of ancient Greece have disputed with one another about the nature of God, Man and the universe. The opinions of authorities ebb and flow: just now the philosophies of “mechanism"1 and “materialism"2—dating as far back as Ancient Egypt and Greece—are the fad: they seek to assert that all is matter and overlook that, neat as their explanations of evolution may be, they still do not rule out additional factors that might be at work, that might be merely using such things as evolution. They are today the “official" philosophies and are even taught in schools. They have their own zealots who attack the beliefs and religions of others: the result can be intolerance and contention.

If all the brightest minds since the fifth century B.C. or before have never been able to agree on the subject of religion or anti-religion, it is an arena of combat between people that one would do well to stay out of.

In this sea of contention, one bright principle has emerged: the right to believe as one chooses.

“Faith" and “belief" do not necessarily surrender to logic: they cannot even be declared to be illogical. They can be things quite apart.

Any advice one might give another on this subject is safest when it simply asserts the right to believe as one chooses. One is at liberty to hold up his own beliefs for acceptance. One is at risk when he seeks to assault the beliefs of others, much more so when he attacks and seeks to harm them because of their religious convictions.

Man, since the dawn of the species, has taken great consolation and joy in his religions. Even the “mechanist" and “materialist" of today sound much like the priests of old as they spread their dogma.

Men without faith are a pretty sorry lot. They can even be given something to have faith in. But when they have religious beliefs, respect them.

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SCIENTOLOGY BELIEFS: THE EIGHT DYNAMICS OF LIFE

Because the fundamentals upon which Scientology rests embrace all aspects of life, certain key principles can be broadly employed to improve any condition. Scientologists use these principles in their daily lives and their use alone can often make the difference between success and failure. Moreover, the principles greatly clarify what is so often confusing and bewildering.

Suppose, for example, life could be correctly compartmentalized so that its many activities, often confused and blurred, could suddenly assume a new clarity? Suppose, for instance, that all the activities in one's varied life could not only be understood for what they really are, but each harmonized with all others?

This is possible in Scientology by describing the eight dynamics.

The basic command “Survive!" which is obeyed by all of life, is subdivided into eight compartments so that each aspect of life can be more easily inspected and understood. These compartments are called the eight dynamics (dynamic meaning urge, drive or impulse).

L. Ron Hubbard observed and delineated the first four of these dynamics in Dianetics. When his research led him into the realm of Scientology, he was able to amplify these first four dynamics and delineate the remaining four.

Through Scientology, a person realizes that his life and influence extend far beyond himself. He also becomes aware of the necessity to participate in a much broader spectrum. By understanding each of these dynamics and their relationship, one to the other, he is able to do so, and thus increase survival on all these dynamics.

One can observe these dynamics in one's own life, note which one or ones need improvement and, through Scientology, bring these factors into greater harmony.

The First Dynamic is SELF.

This is the effort to survive as an individual, to be an individual. It includes one's own body and one's own mind. It is the effort to attain the highest level of survival for the longest possible time for self. This dynamic includes the individual plus his immediate possessions. It does not include other people. It is the urge to survive as one's self. Here we have individuality expressed fully.

The Second Dynamic is CREATIVITY.

Creativity is making things for the future and the Second Dynamic includes any creativity. The Second Dynamic contains the family unit and raising children as well as anything that can be categorized as a family activity. It also, incidentally, includes sex as a mechanism to compel future survival.

The Third Dynamic is GROUP SURVIVAL.

This is the urge to survive through a group of individuals or as a group. It is group survival with the group tending to take on a life and existence of its own. A group can be a community, friends, a company, a social lodge, a state, a nation, a race or any group. It doesn't matter what size this group is, it is seeking to survive as a group.

The Fourth Dynamic is SPECIES.

Man's Fourth Dynamic is the species of Mankind. This is the urge toward survival through all Mankind and as all Mankind. Whereas the American nationality would be considered a Third Dynamic for Americans, all the nationalities of the world together would be considered the Fourth Dynamic. All men and women, because they are men and women, seek to survive as men and women and for men and women.

The Fifth Dynamic is LIFE FORMS.

This is the urge to survive as life forms and with the help of life forms such as animals, birds, insects, fish and vegetation. This includes all living things whether animal or vegetable, anything directly and intimately motivated by life. It is the effort to survive for any and every form of life. It is the interest in life as such.

The Sixth Dynamic is the PHYSICAL UNIVERSE.

The physical universe has four components. These are matter, energy, space and time. The Sixth Dynamic is the urge of the physical universe to survive, by the physical universe itself and with the help of the physical universe and each one of its component parts.

The Seventh Dynamic is the SPIRITUAL DYNAMIC.

This is the urge to survive as spiritual beings or the urge for life itself to survive. Anything spiritual, with or without identity, would come under the heading of the Seventh Dynamic. It includes one's beingness, the ability to create, the ability to cause survival or to survive, the ability to destroy or pretend to be destroyed. A subheading of this dynamic is ideas and concepts and the desire to survive through these. The Seventh Dynamic is life source. This is separate from the physical universe and is the source of life itself. Thus, there is an effort for the survival of life source.

The Eighth Dynamic is the urge toward existence as INFINITY.

The Eighth Dynamic also is commonly called God, the Supreme Being or Creator, but it is correctly defined as infinity.

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THE WAY TO HAPPINESS PRECEPT #15: 'Fulfill your obligations'

In going through life, one inevitably incurs obligations. Factually, one is born with certain obligations and they tend to accumulate thereafter. It is no novel or new idea that one owes his parents a debt for bringing one into the world, for raising one. It is a credit to parents that they don't push it any harder than they do. But it is an obligation, nevertheless: even the child feels it. And as life continues to run its course, one accumulates other obligations—to other persons, to friends, to society and even the world.

It is an extreme disservice to a person not to permit him to satisfy or pay off his obligations. No small part of the “revolt of childhood" is caused by others refusing to accept the only “coins" a baby or child or youth has with which to discharge the “weight of obligation": the baby's smiles, the child's fumbling efforts to help, the youth's possible advice or just the effort to be a good son or a good daughter commonly pass unrecognized, unaccepted; they can be ill-aimed, often ill-planned; they fade quickly. Such efforts, when they fail to discharge the enormity of the debt, can be replaced with any number of mechanisms or rationalizations: “one doesn't really owe anything," “I was owed it all in the first place," “I didn't ask to be born," “my parents or guardians are no good," and “life isn't worth living anyway," to name a few. And yet the obligations continue to pile up.

The “weight of obligation" can be a crushing burden if one can see no way to discharge it. It can bring about all manner of individual or social disorders. When it cannot be discharged, those who are owed, often unwittingly, find themselves targets for the most unlooked-for reactions.

One can help a person who finds himself in the dilemma of unpaid obligations and debt by simply going over with him or her all the obligations they have incurred and have not fulfilled—moral, social and financial—and work out some way to discharge all of those the person feels are still owed.

One should accept the efforts of a child or an adult to pay off non-financial obligations they feel they may owe: one should help bring about some mutually agreeable solution to the discharge of financial ones.

Discourage a person from incurring more obligations than it is possible for him or her to actually discharge or repay.

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Welcome to the Official Church of Scientology International Google+ page!

The Church of Scientology International (CSI) is the Mother Church of the Scientology religion. With headquarters in Los Angeles, California, CSI provides overall planning, direction and general support to the network of Churches, Missions and groups of the Scientology religion. Golden Era Productions is the unit within CSI responsible for the publication of Scientology Scripture in written as well as audiovisual form. 

The Scientology religion was founded by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed by Scientologists in Los Angeles in 1954. Today the religion spans the globe with more than 9,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups in 165 countries and territories. 

The word Scientology comes from the Latin word scio (knowing, in the fullest meaning of the word), and the Greek word logos (study of). It literally means “knowing how to know.”

Scientology holds that Man is an immortal spiritual being and basically good. The ultimate goal of Scientology is true spiritual enlightenment and freedom for the individual. Learn more at http://www.Scientology.org
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