Inside and Outside the Churches of Scientology Around the World
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, addressed the more than 2,000 who attended the dedication of the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne, saying,
“It is my honour to join you this evening and commemorate a moment that will live on in history for a long time to come. Not that you haven’t loomed large in history before, not that you haven’t triumphed over great adversity in years gone by, not that you didn’t stand firm for the dignity of Man, and not that you didn’t indeed uphold the God-given rights of all religions all over this world. But having triumphed today in the name of our religion, you just flipped this planet all the way around so that Melbourne now sits on top of the globe.”
Melbourne native and award-winning singer and songwriter, Kate Ceberano, performed her original composition “This Song is You.” The song was written in celebration of the opening of the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne, honouring the heritage of the city and all of Australia.
Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the Right Honourable Robert Doyle, welcomed the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne and praised the congregation’s commitment to the city. He stated,
“Today marks an historic occasion for Scientology. The building you see before you is the first of its type in Australasia, and the re-birth of an historic Melbourne building. This is a unique space. I hope benefits flow in partnerships, community connection and good will. I invite you to celebrate this opening in the heart of our exciting, welcoming and diverse Melbourne.”
Moonee Valley City Councillor Paul Giuliano addressed Scientologists and guests at the opening ceremonies of the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne. Speaking to the Church’s historic preservation of the mid-19th century estate known as Ailsa, Mr. Giuliano said, “I know that I speak for many when I say thank you very much for restoring this beloved landmark to its former glory. I cannot think of a better custodian than the Church of Scientology.”
Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Honourable Justin Madden, graciously participated in the dedication of the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne. Commending the Church, Mr. Madden stated, “Unselfishly, you work to provide ways and means to uplift our society. You have set the standard for the community with your restoration of this building and with your social programmes—an example I will point to for others to follow. Your new Church is as Melbourne as Melbourne gets.”
Former Indigenous Person of the Year and traditional owner of Uluru, Uncle Bob Randall, spoke at the dedication of the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne declaring, “Scientology Volunteer Ministers have come to my country and given us hope that we can deal with these problems and we will make a difference in the near future. The Volunteer Ministers I’ve met have become my friends. The fellowship between us has been fun and I look forward to continuing that relationship to continue on to the present into the future. On behalf of me and my people, I thank you.”
Thousands of Scientologists and guests toured the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne. The Church’s Public Information Displays offer more than 450 informational films which provide an introduction to every aspect of Dianetics and Scientology and the many humanitarian programs sponsored by the Church.
Reception: The Church of Scientology of Melbourne’s reception extends a welcome to everyone. Here, visitors will find an array of introductory books presenting the fundamental beliefs and practices of the religion.
The Scientology Public Information Centre: The Church of Scientology of Melbourne’s Public Information Centre offers informational films which provide an introduction to Dianetics and Scientology, as well as the Church’s many humanitarian and community outreach programmes. Here, too, is a biographical exhibit on the life and legacy of Founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
The Chapel: All congregational gatherings are convened in the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne’s Chapel—weddings, naming ceremonies (christenings), and, of course, Sunday Services. The Chapel further serves as a venue for a host of community events and functions.
Introductory Services: A full wing of the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne is devoted to the delivery of Scientology Introductory Services. These include the Personal Efficiency Course, an evening seminar providing fundamental Scientology principles applicable to everyday life and work.
The Purification Centre: L. Ron Hubbard developed the Purification Programme to free individuals from the mental and spiritual damage caused by drugs. The Melbourne Church of Scientology’s Purification Centre pays homage to Victoria’s Twelve Apostles in a stained glass mural.
The Office of L. Ron Hubbard: As is traditional in all Churches of Scientology, an office of L. Ron Hubbard stands in honour of the Founder and symbolizes that this Church is true to his writings and ideals.
The new home of the Church of Scientology of Melbourne is a landmark steeped in history. In 1873 it was site of the first match of the legendary Essendon Football Club, and beginning in the early 1900s it housed Mercy Teachers’ College, which later became part of the Australian Catholic University.
Australia’s first Ideal Church of Scientology now occupies the estate of Melbourne founding father, Robert McCracken. The original mid-19th century coach house now serves as the Church’s community conference centre.
The new home of Melbourne’s Church of Scientology retains the original landmark structures that once comprised Mercy Teachers’ College,including the cloister, which now serves as entryway for the Scientology Public Information Centre.
After careful historical restoration and renovation of the century-old buildings of the landmark Ailsa estate, the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne was inaugurated on January 29, 2011.