Inside and Outside the Churches of Scientology Around the World
After watching the presentation at the birthday celebration of L. Ron Hubbard this past weekend, I realized a grave omission is the lack of any good photos on this site of the new Church of Scientology of Washington, D.C. opened this past fall.
Mr. David Miscavige, who spoke at the dedication ceremony of the new DC Church back in October, gave a great overview at the LRH Birthday Event of the new buildings that have been opened in the last 6 months, and the results of these in terms of the wellspring of activity that bursts forth when these buildings and their staffs take shape. It was quite inspiring – and all too true, seeing as I’ve observed the flurry of activity both before and after the opening of the new church here in DC.
So, without further ado, here are some photos of the new Founding Church of Scientology building here at 1424 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C..
Three thousand Scientologists and guests attended the dedication and opening of the new Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC, October 31, 2009. The ribbon was pulled by Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, and other distinguished guest speakers who acknowledged the Church’s human rights and social betterment achievements.
The new Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC, dedicated October 31, 2009, stands at 1424 16th Street NW, six blocks from the White House. Built in 1918 alongside embassies on then “Embassy Row,” the 49,000-square-foot structure on what is now called “Church Row” has been fully renovated to serve the growing Scientology congregation. The Founding Church was established in Washington in 1955 by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, officiated at the dedication and opening of the Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC, October 31, 2009.
The doors are always open and visitors are welcome in the new Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC. Just past Reception stands the extensive Public Information Center with interactive multimedia displays that describe Scientology beliefs and practices, services and facilities and the Church’s international social betterment programs.
A special section of the Public Information Center in the new Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC, is dedicated to the life and legacy of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. Multimedia presentations include filmed interviews of those who knew and worked with him and photographic essays of his professional achievements in many fields, from barnstorming aviator to international bestselling author.
The Academy in the new Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC, providing Scientology training to parishioners and ministers-in-training, is comprised of six course rooms seating 180 students at a time.
The Chapel in the new Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC, is the setting for Sunday services, weddings, naming ceremonies, graduations and other Scientology ceremonies. It is also available to the community for special occasions, workshops and meetings.