ARTICLES IN Ideal Org Opening
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND •
Auckland celebrates grand opening of new National Church of Scientology for New Zealand at landmark site overlooking the city.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA •
Inauguration of Ideal Church hailed as moment for the American Dream in city Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard called home.
HARLEM, NEW YORK •
Harlem’s new Ideal Scientology Church and Community Center is called a “center of hope on 125th Street” in stirring grand opening ceremony held Sunday July 31, 2016.
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY •
Budapest’s Ideal Scientology Church opens July 23, 2016, to mark a milestone for spiritual freedom in Hungary.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA •
With a commitment to fight drugs, crime and human rights abuse, the Church’s spiritual technology is welcomed by Southern hospitality.
MILAN, ITALY •
Thousands gather to celebrate in Italy’s cultural and fashion mecca, now home to the largest Ideal Scientology Organization on the planet.
TOKYO, JAPAN •
Glorious new era lifts off in Land of the Rising Sun with auspicious ribbon-cutting on majestic new spiritual center for a religion in the midst of game-changing expansion.
BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA •
Bogotá’s New Ideal Church is hailed as “one of the greatest things ever to happen to Colombia” during rousing, remarkable ceremony.
BASEL, SWITZERLAND •
Switzerland is a nation long renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship of everything from watches to pocketknives and culinary delicacies that remain the envy of the world.
And consistent with that uncompromising emphasis on quality, the first Scientology Ideal Organization (Org) in that European nation’s dazzling history opened its doors to a grateful public on Saturday in an historic and dignitary-studded dedication ceremony in the picturesque Swiss city of Basel.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA •
On the evening of May 3, more than 2,500 Scientologists from across Australia filled Castlereagh Street to inaugurate the Harbor City’s new Church of Scientology Ideal Organization (Ideal Org).
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN •
On December 7, 2013, amidst a burst of confetti and beneath a cloud of balloons, a crowd of more than 4,000 cheered as the ribbon fell on the first Church of Scientology Organization in Taiwan and the first Ideal Org in Asia.
PORTLAND, OREGON •
On Saturday, May 11, the Church of Scientology Portland celebrated the grand opening of their new home in the city’s historic downtown quarter. More than 2,500 Scientologists and guests joined city and state dignitaries for the dedication ceremony.
PRETORIA, GAUTENG •
On Saturday, February 23, more than a thousand Scientologists and their guests assembled to celebrate the opening of the new Church of Scientology Pretoria. National, provincial and city dignitaries as well as South African royalty joined Church officials for the dedication ceremony.
CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO •
More than a thousand Scientologists and their guests from across Canada and the U.S. Great Lakes region gathered on February 9, 2013, to celebrate the opening of the new Church of Scientology of Cambridge, Ontario. Joining Church officials for the dedication ceremony were national and provincial dignitaries.
PADOVA, ITALY •
More than 7,000 Scientologists and their guests gathered from across Italy and Europe to celebrate the grand opening of the Church of Scientology Ideal Organization (Ideal Org) of Padova on Saturday, October 27.
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL •
On August 21, national and city dignitaries as well as religious leaders joined Scientologists from Israel and 27 nations to celebrate the opening of the new Center of Scientology in Tel Aviv.
LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA •
On Saturday, July 28, fifteen hundred Scientologists from across the San Francisco Bay Area gathered to rededicate the Church of Scientology Los Gatos.
BUFFALO, NEW YORK •
More than a thousand Buffalo Area Scientologists gathered on Saturday, June 30, to celebrate the rededication of the Church of Scientology Buffalo.
PHOENIX, ARIZONA •
Amid a burst of confetti and a flight of balloons, the ribbon was parted on the new Church of Scientology Ideal Organization of Phoenix on Saturday, June 23. More than 1,500 Scientologists, neighbors and dignitaries joined Church officials for the dedication ceremony.
DENVER, COLORADO •
On Saturday, June 16, more than a thousand Scientologists, guests, and state and city dignitaries assembled in Lower Downtown Denver to dedicate a new Church of Scientology.
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA •
Thousands of Bay Area Scientologists gathered on Saturday, June 9, to celebrate the rededication of the Church of Scientology Stevens Creek in San Jose.
SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA •
On Saturday, June 2, city and state dignitaries joined thousands of Scientologists in downtown Santa Ana to dedicate the new Church of Scientology of Orange County.
GREATER CINCINNATI •
The Church of Scientology Greater Cincinnati celebrated the opening of its expansive new home Saturday, February 25. The inauguration was attended by more than a thousand Scientologists and state, county and city officials.
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA •
California’s capital celebrated the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology of Sacramento on Saturday, January 28. The dedication ceremony was attended by more than 2,500 Scientologists, guests and city, state and national officials.
HAMBURG, GERMANY •
On January 21, 2012, the Church of Scientology of Hamburg newly opened its doors to the city in a dedication ceremony attended by 1,500 Scientologists, guests and dignitaries. The grand opening marked the culmination of a transformation of the seven-story Church into an Ideal Church of Scientology (Ideal Org) to better meet the needs of Hamburg’s growing Scientology congregation and the community at large.
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA •
5,000 Scientologists, guests and city officials gathered Saturday November 5, for the dedication of an entirely new Church of Scientology and Church of Scientology Community Center. The Church stands in the heart of downtown, at 315 South Market Street, and reflects the growth of a new Scientology congregation amongst these communities.
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA •
Scientologists, guests, state and city officials assembled in downtown St. Paul, Saturday October 22, for the dedication of the new Church of Scientology Twin Cities. The Church stands at 505 Wabasha Street and was formerly home to the Science Museum of Minnesota.
TAMPA, FLORIDA •
On Sunday, March 13, 2011, thousands of Scientologists gathered for a Grand Opening ceremony to dedicate the Church of Scientology of Tampa in its new home, the landmark Ybor Square. The new Tampa Church was made necessary by a fourfold growth in Tampa’s Scientology congregation over the past decade.
MOSCOW, RUSSIA •
Thousands gathered in Moscow to open the first major Church to open in the Russian Federation. The building stands in the city’s central Garden Ring, just a mile from Red Square.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA •
Thousands of Scientologists, dignitaries and guests from across the nation celebrated a milestone on January 29, 2011—the opening of the first Ideal Scientology Church in Australia.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON •
On July 24, 2010, over sixteen hundred Scientologists and their guests packed the street in front of 300 West Harrison in Seattle for the opening of the new Church of Scientology of Washington, a milestone for the congregation formed 54 years ago.
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA •
On July 18, 2010, over four thousand Scientologists and their guests packed the street before 35 South Raymond Avenue in the heart of Pasadena’s Old Town, for the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology in the City of Roses. Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, addressed the crowd and dedicated the historic, 58,000-square-foot building, calling it “a whole new breed of Scientology Organization—one only previously dreamed of for this city.”
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO •
The National Church of Scientology of Mexico opened its doors in the City of Palaces on July 10, 2010. Watch the Grand Opening video and read about the first Ideal Church of Scientology in Latin America.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA •
The world’s first Church of Scientology, formed in 1954, joined the global roster of Ideal Churches of Scientology on April 24, 2010. Six thousand parishioners, guests and Los Angeles-area officials were on hand as Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, officiated at the ceremony dedicating the new Church.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA •
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, presided at the evening dedication ceremony of the Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre Las Vegas on February 6, 2010, welcoming the assembled Scientologists and guests to their new Church. He was enthusiastically acknowledged by those in attendance for dedicating the Las Vegas Church and for his instrumental role in making it possible.
QUÉBEC CITY, CANADA •
Fifteen hundred Scientologists and their guests from across Canada and the United States packed the street in front of 665 rue Saint-Joseph in the heart of the Nouvo Saint-Roch district of Lower Québec City to attend the opening of the Church of Scientology of Québec/Eglise de Scientologie de Québec on January 30, 2010.
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM •
Nearly 1,000 Scientologists and their guests from across Europe attended the dedication of the Brussels branch of the Churches of Scientology for Europe on January 23, 2010. A representative of Church of Scientology International, the Mother Church of the Scientology religion, officiated at the ceremony held in the early-20th-century historic structure at Boulevard de Waterloo 100-103.
WASHINGTON, DC •
Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, dedicated the new home of the Founding Church of Scientology of Washington, DC, on October 31, 2009, calling the day “historic in every respect.”
ROME, ITALY •
On October 24, 2009, the new Church of Scientology of Rome opened in the Casalotti di Boccea district of the Eternal City. More than 6,000 Scientologists and their guests came from across Italy and beyond to celebrate the dedication of this magnificent new Church in its 70,000-square-foot home on 28 acres of parkland.
The new Church marks the largest expansion to date for Scientology in its 30-year history in Italy and will serve parishioners of Central Italy and other regions of the Mediterranean.
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE •
The opening of the new Church of Scientology and Celebrity Centre Nashville on April 25, 2009, just one mile from “Music Row,” drew Scientologists from across the region. Also on hand were scores of local dignitaries, residents and Hollywood celebrities. Among those who addressed the gathering were Grammy-winning composer and musician Mark Isham and actresses Anne Archer and Jenna Elfman.
DALLAS, TEXAS •
The Church of Scientology Dallas, located in Irving at the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, opened its doors April 11, 2009. Mr. David Miscavige’s presence underscored the import of the day.
MALMÖ, SWEDEN •
Mr. David Miscavige opened the new European Church of Scientology on April 4, 2009, in the Swedish seacoast city of Malmö.
Those in attendance hailed from 32 nations, including Britain, Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Israel, Iraq and Uganda. They gathered to celebrate a historic day: dedication of the 72,000-square-foot landmark Church of Scientology, acquired, designed, renovated and opened in less than six months.
BERLIN, GERMANY •
Scientologists and guests from 31 nations gathered on January 13, 2007, to unveil the new spectacular home of the Church of Scientology Berlin. A recognized architectural landmark in the city’s Charlottenburg District at the corner of Otto-Suhr-Allee and Cauer Street, the six-story glass and steel structure includes an extensive audiovisual public information center on Scientology beliefs and practices, its Founder L. Ron Hubbard and the Church’s secular community outreach programs combating drug abuse, illiteracy, criminality, immorality and human rights violations.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM •
The United Kingdom’s Church of Scientology, standing on Queen Victoria Street in the cultural epicenter of London, drew more than 3,000 Scientologists, London citizens and dignitaries from every continent to its October 2006 opening. The dedication of the new Church by Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, marked the significance of the occasion.
Honored guests who participated in the dedication, each of whom had partnered with Scientologists in civic or humanitarian endeavors, included Commander Kevin Hurley, City of London Police; The Right Honorable Ian Lauder, City of London Alderman; and The Honorable Iftikhar Ayaz, United Nations permanent peace envoy and representative of the UN Human Rights Commission.
NEW YORK •
The Church of Scientology in New York City, located just off Times Square, was a gift from the International Association of Scientologists to the people of New York in recognition of their courage and spirit in the face of the 2001 World Trade Center disaster.
MADRID, SPAIN •
In September 2004, the National Church of Scientology opened in the heart of Madrid, with 6,000 assembling to celebrate the new Church. Once the seat of religious suppression, Spain now welcomed Scientology to the nation, with dignitaries from religion, law and human rights all proclaiming Scientology as the hope for their country.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA •
On November 29, 2003, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, officially opened the doors of the new Church of Scientology of San Francisco. Addressing 2,500 Scientologists and guests, Mr. Miscavige dedicated the restored landmark Transamerica Building, in the heart of downtown San Francisco, to a new era of spiritual activity.
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA •
Dedicating the first Ideal Church of Scientology on the African continent, Mr. David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, addressed South African Scientologists and honored guests at the opening of the new Church of Scientology of Johannesburg on November 2, 2003.
“Where do we all gather this evening, the eyes of the Scientology world fixed upon us? Not America, not England nor Denmark. They are fixed on Africa. Because what you have created is the finest Class V Church in Scientology. Tonight Johannesburg stands as Number One.”