Guests from 32 nations gathered in celebration of the historic opening of the new Church of Scientology in Malmö, Sweden, on April 4, 2009.
Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, presided over the ceremony and dedicated the new Church in the name of a better tomorrow for Scandinavians.
Mr. David Miscavige leads the pulling of the ribbon, joined by the Executive Director and honored guest speakers, officially opening the new Malmö Church of Scientology to all.
Dr. Iva Ryggeståhl, Human Rights attorney and Parliament Vice-Deputy: “What you bring to this region is important and needed. There is nothing we cannot accomplish together. Let this Church be a reminder to us always of a new beginning and of the inspiration it brings.”
Dr. Gunnar Bramstång, Distinguished Professor of Law: “In the course of 30 years, I have watched with my own eyes how you save one life after another through the methods of L. Ron Hubbard. Your contributions to Swedish society cannot be measured.”
Dr. Bertil Persson, Professor of Religion and Scandinavia’s Permanent Representative at the UNESCO University for Peace: “With the opening of this Church, we are really at a turning point. The future activities based on Scientology are, in fact, predestined for great success for humanity.”
Dr. Adly Abu Hajar, President Scandinavian Muslim Academic Council, Director General European Islamic Conference: “God decided I had to meet you and I am grateful for that. I see a hope in the future, for Sweden to take a big step toward understanding and trust, and in the name of God, peace for all.”
To serve an expanding Scientology congregation throughout Sweden and Scandinavia, the 72,000-square-foot Church of Scientology of Malmö, dedicated April 4, 2009, was acquired, designed, renovated and opened in less than six months.
Anyone of any religion or belief is welcome to visit the Church of Scientology of Malmö to find out more about the works of L. Ron Hubbard, introductory films and seminars or other services offered seven days a week.
Visitors are always welcome to tour the Public Information Center in Church of Scientology of Malmö, where interactive multimedia displays present the basic principles of the Scientology religion, the life and legacy of L. Ron Hubbard and global social betterment programs.
Scientology ceremonies, including Sunday Services, Weddings, Naming Ceremonies, and Graduations, as well as community events, workshops and meetings, are held here in the chapel of the Malmö Church of Scientology.
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.
Among those present to honor the occasion were European dignitaries including Dr. Iva Parizkova Ryggestahl, human rights attorney and Vice-Deputy in the Swedish Parliament; Dr. Adly Abu Hajar, Director General of the European Islamic Conference, a group of Muslim leaders of 33 nations; Dr. Gunnar Bramstång, Distinguished Professor of Law, Dean of the Lund Law faculty and author of groundbreaking human rights legislation; and Dr. Bertil Persson, renowned educator, Professor of Religion, and Permanent Representative at the UNESCO University for Peace.
The day was further distinguished by Mr. Miscavige dedicating this new Church in the name of a better tomorrow:
“So yes, today is truly just a beginning and, forever after, let us mark this day for freedom, for Sweden, and for all eternity.” Mr. Miscavige, joined by the other honored guests, then cut the ribbon, officially marking a new era for Scientology in Sweden.