Inside and Outside the Churches of Scientology Around the World
Scientologists in Orange County, California now have a fantastic new home in downtown Santa Ana. The building was opened on June 2nd, 2012, and was a momentous day for staff and parishioners of what’s long been one of the busiest and most community-active Churches of Scientology in America.
More than 5,000 Scientologists and guests celebrated the opening of Orange County’s new Church of Scientology on June 2, 2012. Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, led the Church’s dedication ceremony. Guests taking part in the commemoration included Anaheim City Council Member Lorri Galloway; Garden Grove Mayor William Dalton; Santa Ana Historic Preservation Society Board Director Maxine Schmidl; Faith in Youth Project Director of the County Community Service program, Ms. Lourdes Gutierrez; and Orange County Interfaith Network Board Member Mike Penn.
In true Orange County spirit, an ensemble featuring hip-hop and Latin dancers performed to a new millennium rendition of “Surfin’ USA” for the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology.
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, said in his dedication address: “We come to the first momentous page of this Church’s new history. Needless to say, it’s not a tide of history on which one merrily floats. On the contrary, it must be a history unlike any ever told before, a history of supreme competence, great passion and perfect adherence to our Technology. For only in that way will we ever achieve the Aims of Scientology and thus a world without war, without insanity, without criminality; a world of which we can be proud, where the able can prosper, where honest beings have rights and all are free to rise to greater heights. That is our responsibility as Scientologists—and, yes, it’s one that we proudly embrace.”
Public Information Center: The Public Information Center provides visitors a self-guided introduction to Dianetics and Scientology and the Church’s numerous humanitarian and community initiatives. These include a worldwide human rights education program; an equally far-reaching drug education, prevention and rehabilitation program; a global network of literacy and learning centers; and the Scientology Volunteer Minister program, which is now the world’s largest independent relief force.
The Grand Chapel and Auditorium: To paraphrase what Mr. Miscavige said when introducing this building to Scientology parishioners – there is no photographic angle which really does this chapel justice. The grand Chapel and Auditorium, its Tudor arches, decorative grills and original millwork meticulously restored, provides the setting for a host of Church ceremonies and activities, including Sunday Service open to all.
Café: The Church’s café is open daily for the convenience of parishioners participating in Scientology services and for those visiting the Church.
Introductory Courses: The Church houses multiple classrooms for introductory courses on Dianetics and Scientology principles and their application in life – such as the Having a Happy Baby Course, Successfully Raising Children Course, and other such courses that give one tools to apply Scientology directly to specific areas of life.
Dianetics and Scientology Bookstore: The Church’s bookstore offers L. Ron Hubbard’s scripture of Dianetics and Scientology in both English and Spanish. The entire body of knowledge comprises tens of millions of published words and thousands of recorded lectures, available in 16 languages.
The Knowledge Center: The Knowledge Center, located in the building’s central tower, contains a complete library of L. Ron Hubbard’s works on Dianetics and Scientology for use by parishioners in their studies.
L. Ron Hubbard Exhibit: The Church includes a biographical exhibit on L. Ron Hubbard, presenting his life and legacy. In the background stands an office in honor of the Scientology Founder.
The Office of Founder L. Ron Hubbard: Traditional in all Churches of Scientology is the Office of L. Ron Hubbard, honoring the religion’s Founder and symbolizing this Church is true to his writings and ideals.
The Church of Scientology of Orange County’s new Ideal Org, an historic landmark originally built in 1931, stands fully restored to its early 20th century splendor—including the Sycamore Street entrance with its etched glass doors, original stone relief and wrought iron lamps.
After acquiring the historic landmark, the Church conducted meticulous renovation to preserve its original features, from the hardwood floors to the glass and alabaster chandeliers.