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For World Friendship Day, the Church of Scientology Shares the Key to Lasting Relationships

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Church of Scientology International extends an invitation to people of goodwill to join Scientology Churches and Missions in support of International Day of Friendship, a United Nations initiative that promotes "friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals" and seeks to "inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities."

In observing this UN Day, Scientologists share two precepts from "The Way to Happiness," the common-sense moral code written by L. Ron Hubbard, that hold the key to lasting friendships:

* "Try not to do things to others that you would not like them to do to you," and

* "Try to treat others as you would want them to treat you."

"Among many peoples in many lands for many ages there have been versions of what is called 'The Golden Rule,'" wrote Mr. Hubbard. "The philosophic question concerning wrongdoing, the argument of what is wrong is answered at once on a personal basis: Would you not like that to happen to you? No? Then it must be a harmful action and, from society's viewpoint, a wrong action. It can awaken social consciousness. It can then let one work out what one should do and what one should not do."

As to the second and positive version of the rule, "One can get into a lot of conflicting opinions and confusions about what 'good behavior' might be," Mr. Hubbard wrote. "If one were to think over how he or she would like to be treated by others, one would evolve the human virtues. Just figure out how you would want people to treat you."

The full text of these precepts, available on the website of The Way to Happiness Foundation, provide know-how for an individual wishing to implement the guidelines personally or take them up with others to help them salvage or enhance interpersonal relationships.

Putting these and the other 19 precepts of "The Way to Happiness" into action has everything to do with the purpose of International Friendship Day, because, as Mr. Hubbard points out:

"Aside from personal benefit, one can take a hand, no matter how small, in beginning a new era for human relations.

"The pebble, dropped in a pool, can make ripples to the furthest shore."

Scientology Churches mark International Friendship Day with open house events and forums where they share successful application of "The Way to Happiness" in addressing issues of importance to the community. They also reach out with "The Way to Happiness" information stands and distribution events to share the booklet and its wealth of knowledge.

An interactive timeline on the Scientology website documents how the Church of Scientology Kansas City and local community activists used "The Way to Happiness" in Peace Rides, based on the effectiveness of Peace Rides in Los Angeles. The KC team distributed "The Way to Happiness" to promote a climate of unity and peace, counter violence and reverse the city's climbing homicide rate. In honor of the event, Kansas City rapper and recording artist Kodde One wrote the anthem "Hold Yo' Head High" to help spread the booklet's message of brotherhood throughout the city.

Other examples of the impact of "The Way to Happiness" are featured on the Scientology Network in episodes of the original series Voices for Humanity, which spotlights the work of humanitarians using the booklet to address societal needs.

These episodes include the work of:

* Rev. Father Teddy Sichinga, who uses "The Way to Happiness" to empower poverty-stricken farmers and villagers in Zambia;

* Diana Pedroni, who in partnership with the director of National Prevention and Citizen Security in the Dominican Republic, distributed the booklet throughout the country resulting in a 21 percent drop in crime;

* Rosalba and José Cordero and their Social Development and Recovery of Values Association, who not only educate young people with these precepts in schools, they also bring the program to inmates across Mexico's entire prison system resulting in 99 percent of their graduates living lives free of crime.

Those using "The Way to Happiness" in their communities share rave reviews of its effectiveness:

"I firmly believe that "The Way to Happiness" can change the perspective of many people to life and difficult situations that arise in it," writes the coordinator of social rehabilitation and rehabilitation center for young offenders.

"Extremely motivating and inspiring. Moreover, in this world of intolerance and violence, the messages of peace and sharing can bring about a change in the world," wrote a teacher.

"Two precepts really took my daughter's interest," wrote a parent. "'Be Industrious' and 'Flourish and Prosper.' She never looked back after that and has since carried a seemingly unkillable momentum and spirit about life. I have no doubt what started her turnaround. It was 'The Way to Happiness'."

For more information on "The Way to Happiness," contact your local Church of Scientology or visit the website of The Way to Happiness Foundation.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

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On Mandela Day, Scientology Churches Honor Madiba’s Legacy

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Protecting the most basic human right of all, the right to life, South Africa's Scientology Volunteer Ministers continue to serve Mandela's beloved country.

Mandela Day commemorates the birthday of Nelson Mandela "in recognition of the former South African President's contribution to the culture of peace and freedom." Its message: "Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better." It is this very purpose that has inspired South African Scientology Volunteer Ministers every day since the pandemic began. The Church of Scientology International features their work in a series of videos on an interactive timeline on the Scientology website.

With a Level 4 lockdown in place in the country to counter the third wave of COVID-19, Scientology Volunteer Ministers of South Africa marked Mandela Day 2021 by suiting up and heading out for yet another day of service.

In response to the pandemic, since March 2020, these volunteers have:

* Provided more than 1.1 million hours of service to their communities

* Sanitized well over a million vehicles including taxis, ambulances, buses, fire trucks and police cars

* Sanitized some 66,000 buildings, including orphanages, senior residences, schools, shelters and other facilities housing essential services.

The volunteers also provide educational booklets to help people understand how to keep themselves and their families safe by applying effective protocols. These booklets, available to read or download from the How to Stay Well Prevention Resource Center on the Scientology website, are published in 21 languages including Zulu, Sotha and Xhosa-the native languages of nearly half the nation. South African Volunteer Ministers have handed out more than a million copies of Stay Well booklets.

One of the stories featured on the interactive timeline on the Scientology website quotes an executive in the railroad sector.

"In my entire career life, I have not actually been contacted by someone who wants to assist government," she said. Some 300,000 people travel through the Johannesburg station daily and although their crews disinfect and clean, they have not been able to decontaminate them. When this executive heard that the Scientology volunteers offered to do this, she thought "Is this for real?" And she rushed to the station to see for herself and was amazed to see them performing this service free of charge.

"You do things with discipline, with commitment and with precision," said another transportation executive. "That's what I've learned from each one of you. The passion-it will remain with me."

"You guys came in here to help us," said the SAPS (South African Police Service) colonel in charge of a Johannesburg precinct in one of the videos. "You guys take care of our foot soldiers by sterilizing our vehicles. This is what we call police-community partnership. It sends a message to everyone."

The volunteers also clean and sanitize orphanages and homes for the elderly and train caregivers on how to protect themselves and those under their charge. One caregiver described his dilemma: although it puts him at risk to come to work, he sets his concerns aside because those in his facility need his help. He is grateful that the Volunteer Ministers disinfected the home and made sure the staff and their beneficiaries learned how to care for themselves.

Mandela Day emphasizes empowering others to serve, and here too the Volunteer Ministers excel. By training others on the skills of the Volunteer Minister, they have impacted the lives of more than 11,000 South Africans who have taken part in Scientology Tools for Life seminars and courses.

When she started learning the 19 Tools for Life Courses, a school principal didn't want to stop until she finished them all. "They are related to my everyday life and living," she said.

A bishop from Pretoria said this knowledge is the key to eradicating poverty and hunger.

A pastor from Mmametlhake said the Scientology courses completely changed how she counsels her congregation because now she can listen and once she understands what is bothering them, she has a spiritual toolkit she can empower them with.

A pastor from Pretoria admitted that he thought he "knew it all," but he now sees he didn't. "These courses helped me be a better person," he said.

The Church of Scientology response to the pandemic has been global and is illustrated by more than 1,200 images and 14 videos at 20/21: A Look Behind & A Look Ahead on the Scientology website. The interactive timeline including all videos may be viewed in 17 languages.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard in the mid-1970s. It constitutes one of the world's largest independent relief forces.

For more information, visit https://www.scientology.org/2021/.

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Free Online Scientology Courses in 18 Languages Can Help Mentors Equip Youth for Success

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- For UN World Youth Skills Day, celebrated July 15, the Church of Scientology International provides skills training resources for mentors, nonprofits and community programs to help youth improve their ability to learn new skills and survive in today's competitive and challenging world. These are available free of charge on the Scientology website at Scientology.org/courses.

According to the United Nations, youth employment fell 8.7 percent in 2020, and "young people aged 15-24 have been even more severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis than adults." This underscores the importance of World Youth Skills Day, celebrated annually since 2014.

In alignment with the purpose of this UN day, to "celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship," the Church of Scientology International shares this free training. Available in 18 languages, these courses are based on technology developed by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard to improve the quality of life.

Youth face different challenges in developing countries than those living in centers of commerce and industry, but no matter the culture or environment, these are basic skills to help youth succeed.

Each is introduced with a brief video that previews the skills covered in the course.

They can be viewed on the Scientology website, Scientology.org/courses, and the Scientology Network at Scentology.tv.

There are 19 courses in all on the Scientology website, but those that relate most to forwarding the goals of World Youth Skills Day cover:
* How to learn, understand and successfully apply the skills of any subject
* The exact formula of successful communication and how to vastly improve the ability to communicate with anyone
* Tools for the workplace to help overcome exhaustion and regain enthusiasm for work
* How to set targets and achieve goals
* How to organize any activity for success
* Precise formulas to follow to improve conditions in any aspect of work or life
* How to discover the real reason behind failure and turn it around
* The key to gaining support from others for ideas and endeavors

Students move through courses at their own pace. Course materials are also integrated within the online course, and all are available free of charge. Anyone needing assistance with course assignments is welcome to contact the online course supervisor using a "Need help?" button.

"The Tools for the Workplace course was a great experience," wrote one student on completion of the course. "It was certainly a powerful read. It helped me realize that I could very easily overcome confusion, and better familiarize myself with and utilize any kind of machine or object I may be working with."

The Communication Course helped another student learn to "look for signs in other people that say they don't understand, and how to communicate properly so they will understand... So many people think that if they're talking, they're communicating, but there's so much more to it."

"Now I have much more understanding of my working environment and I can also help others," said yet another student.

Each of these courses on Scientology.org is based on technology developed by L. Ron Hubbard for bringing about positive change in the conditions of an individual's life. None of these courses depend on beliefs or faith. In Scientology, the emphasis is squarely on an exact application of its principles toward the improvement of one's life and the world in which we live.

The founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

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*Caption: For World Youth Skills Day, the Church of Scientology offers free online training to those helping youth learn the skills they need to succeed.

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Celebrating Freedom and the Founding of the Church of Scientology in the Nation’s Capital July 4, 1955

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Established July 4, by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard, the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C., holds a unique place in the history of the Scientology religion. It was inaugurated blocks from the White House and served as the first fully formed center of Scientology training and religious counseling and the first international administrative headquarters for the burgeoning religion, according to the Church of Scientology International.

Located at 1812 19th St NW, just over a mile from the White House, it was from his office on the second floor that Mr. Hubbard served as Executive Director and coordinated its activities and churches on five continents.

In dedicating the Church of Scientology National Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. in 2012, Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, highlighted "freedom" as essential element in Scientology Scripture and made it clear that Mr. Hubbard selected that date and location for inaugurating the new international headquarters quite deliberately. "Just as this nation was founded upon the principles of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, so too those principles are woven into the very fabric of our Scripture," he said.

Mr. Miscavige pointed out that the ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, whose adoption is celebrated on Independence Day, are incorporated in the Creed of the Church of Scientology, published in 1954. The Creed affirms:

That all men of whatever race, color or creed were created with equal rights.

That all men have inalienable rights to their own religious practices and their performance.

That all men have inalienable rights to their own defense.

That all men have inalienable rights to conceive, choose, assist or support their own organizations, churches and governments.

That all men have inalienable rights to think freely, to talk freely, to write freely their own opinions and to counter or utter or write upon the opinions of others.

And that no agency less than God has the power to suspend or set aside these rights, overtly or covertly.

The full text of the Creed is available in a video on the Scientology Network, as is a three-part series chronicling in Mr. Hubbard's own voice, his life and discoveries.

In an essay published in August 1954, L. Ron Hubbard wrote:

"We are extending to you the precious gift of freedom and immortality-factually, honestly.

"You are a spirit. You are your own soul. You are not mortal. You can be free."

In that same essay, he credits America with having "kept wide the doorway" for this accomplishment "by retaining religious freedom."

To learn more about L. Ron Hubbard and the Scientology religion, visit the Scientology website or learn about the beliefs and practices of the religion on the Scientology Network. Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network is available on DIRECTV Channel 320 and can be streamed at Scientology.tv, on mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV platforms.

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Why the Church of Scientology and Scientologists Support Drug Prevention

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- This weekend on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, and throughout the year, the Church of Scientology International and Scientologists help youth make the self-determined decision to live drug-free. Why? Because drug prevention works. And it saves young lives.

After a year marked by soaring drug overdose and drug-related violent crime, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime chose a theme for International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, June 26, that resonates with Scientologists who live the motto throughout the year-Share Facts on Drugs: Save Lives.

Scientology Churches provide drug education specialist training, sponsor chapters of Foundation for a Drug-Free World, and work with local educators, police, churches and nonprofits to reach youth on this vital subject.

One teacher who uses the program shared why he recommends the Foundation for a Drug-Free World's Truth About Drugs program to anyone wishing to help kids on this urgent subject. "Exposure to this program could be the one thing that prevents them from traveling the road to addiction."

Another, who has used Drug-Free World materials as part of her curriculum for years, describes them as "a powerful tool to inform students and teachers of the dangers of drug use and abuse."

A police officer told the Foundation, "I teach a course on street drugs and drug-free education as part of my law enforcement/criminal justice program to high school juniors and seniors," and he wants to spread the word and to be listed as a Drug-Free World chapter.

On the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking campaign website, the UN "invites everyone to do their part, by taking a firm stance against misinformation and unreliable sources; while committing to sharing only the real science-backed data on drugs and save lives."

The award-winning Truth About Drugs initiative:

* Is available in 26 languages in 96 countries.

* Its public service announcements and The Truth About Drugs-Real People, Real Stories documentary air on 850 TV stations.

* More than 135,000 people have completed the free online drug education eCourse on the Foundation for a Drug-Free World website at www.drugfreeworld.org.

* The Foundation has reached some 13 million students through more than 30,000 schools, institutions and groups that use the Truth About Drugs curriculum.

To make these materials available to anyone wishing to tackle the drug crisis, the Church of Scientology International Dissemination and Distribution Center in Los Angeles, California, produces and ships out Truth About Drugs booklets, DVDs and education packages free of charge to parents, educators, law enforcement, community groups and nonprofits.

In honor of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the Scientology Network featured a full day of drug prevention films and documentaries. Scientology Churches held drug prevention open houses. And Scientologists, working with drug-prevention advocates in their communities, took part in rallies and set up drug information stands to make this vital information broadly available.

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

For more information, visit the Scientology Network or the Scientology Newsroom: https://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/

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*Caption: Churches of Scientology and Scientologists support Foundation for a Drug-Free World and promote drug education and prevention in their communities throughout the year.

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers Honored for Their Help at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Mexico Scientologists and their families were honored for their service to Catholic church officials and parishioners with a special Mass at the Iglesia Santa Maria de Guadalupe Capuchinas, part of the complex of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

According to the Church of Scientology International, as Mexico began to open up, these volunteers took on the task of sanitizing and decontaminating places of worship so those wishing to practice their faith could do so in safety.

Most years, some 20 million pilgrims visit the Basilica, most of them in December to celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. The Basilica is one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. But in December 2020, with Mexico's mounting cases of COVID-19 and one of the highest rates of coronavirus casualties internationally, the church took the unprecedented step of shutting the doors of the Basilica to prevent the spread of the virus.

To Mexico's Scientology Volunteer Ministers, veterans of disaster response missions at home and abroad, the pandemic was a completely different kind of catastrophe to those they were used to dealing with-one requiring prevention. Nonetheless, because of the insight of Church leadership, they were well prepared to help.

Even before the pandemic was declared, thanks to the foresight of ecclesiastical leader Mr. David Miscavige, and in keeping with the maxim of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard that "an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure," the Church researched the most effective prevention methods and distilled them into a series of illustrated booklets and public service announcements presented in simple, direct language anyone can understand. These were made available in 21 languages on the Scientology.org Stay Well Prevention Resource Center. The Church also researched the best methods of sanitization and made these available to Scientology Churches, Missions and Scientology Volunteer Ministers around the world.

Catholic and evangelical religious leaders who have worked on interfaith programs with The Freewinds, the Scientology religious retreat in the Caribbean, reached out to the ship for help to make their churches safe. The Freewinds arranged for trained Scientology Volunteer Ministers in Mexico City to respond to their needs. The Volunteer Ministers took on sanitizing the Basilica and other Mexican churches to ensure that parishioners could worship in safety.

At the special Mass, a representative of the cardinal attended in appreciation of the Church of Scientology and the work of the Volunteer Ministers in sanitizing the Basilica and churches throughout the city and the State of Mexico. The Scientology Volunteer Ministers trained church representatives in how to sanitize the chapel, and after the Mass, they presented the priest with a full kit containing all the equipment and materials needed to continue the sanitizing of the church.

An interactive timeline on the Scientology website, 20/21: A Look Behind & A Look Ahead, presents an overview of the work of Scientology Churches, staff and parishioners who helped their communities and entire countries deal with the pandemic.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

A Volunteer Minister's mandate is to be "a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others." Their creed: "A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well."

The Founder of the Scientology religion is L. Ron Hubbard and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

For more information, visit the Scientology website - https://www.scientology.org/ - or the Scientology TV network - https://www.scientology.tv/.

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Caption: Scientology Volunteer Ministers were honored with a special Mass in the chapel of the former convent of the Capuchinas, part of the complex of churches and facilities in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Scientology Volunteer Ministers: Help to an Island in Need

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- For 16 days, a team of Scientology Volunteer Ministers from Florida, arranged by the Freewinds, the Church of Scientology religious retreat, came to the aid of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers St. Vincent Disaster Response, now completed, brought relief to thousands of residents in need of help, announces the Church of Scientology International.

When La Soufrière Volcano erupted, engulfing the island with pyroclastic flows, volcanic ash and rock, it created a humanitarian crisis. Upwards of 16,000 residents who evacuated and thousands more who remained in the red and orange zones were without fresh water, power, and food.

"It's like a desert, it's desolate, it's apocalyptic," said Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Unable to cope with the humanitarian effort needed without substantial assistance, he reached out for help, saying, "We are really at the midnight hour of need."

The Freewinds, the Church of Scientology religious retreat and humanitarian ship in the Caribbean, immediately responded to the call for help. The ship sent a 40-foot container to Kingstown, the capital, chief port, and main commercial center of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. And to help ensure these and other urgently needed supplies reached those in need, the Freewinds arranged a team of volunteers.

Smoke continued to billow from the summit of La Soufrière as the team of Florida-based Scientology Volunteer Ministers landed in St. Vincent. Everything was grey: The sky, the streets, the hillsides. Ash overwhelmed the islands.

On arriving, these Scientologists, veterans of numerous disaster response missions, immediately coordinated their activities with other nonprofits.

"Working with the Red Cross, we brought support to the leeward side of the island-the first relief they received since the eruptions," said the leader of the La Soufrière Scientology Volunteer Ministers Response Team. That day, they handed out six pallets of water in gallon jugs, 36 tool kits that included shovels, hammers and crowbars, 300 hygiene kits, blankets, and some 600 masks.

Coordinating with the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), the Scientology Volunteer Ministers found that although supplies were pouring in to the island, they had to be organized for distribution. The Scientologists worked in the warehouse, making it possible for four tons of supplies to reach those who needed them.

The Scientologists were surprised to find that despite the warm weather of the island, one of the most needed items was blankets. "Their mattresses were so covered with ash that clean blankets were the only way to have something to sleep on," said the lead Volunteer Minister.

To reach the north of the island, the Scientology team rented a motorboat. In the towns of Owia and Fancy, the Volunteer Ministers distributed water and supplies to the residents who had stayed. The towns were not only blanketed in ash, they had also been battered by rocks of all sizes from pebbles to boulders that collapsed roofs and tore up the roads.

In Georgetown, residents told the Scientology Volunteer Ministers that in the month since the volcano erupted, theirs was the first aid to reach them.

In all, the volunteers distributed more than 22 tons of supplies including enough food for 7,000 meals. And they let the Vincentians know that they had not been forgotten.

"They have a special hand signal here," said the lead Scientology Volunteer Minister. "It's a closed fist with the thumb out to the side. It means 'respect.' Pretty much everywhere we drove, people were making this sign for us, shouting 'thank you for what you are doing, thank you for being here.'" The Scientology Volunteer Ministers want to share that thanks to those who made it all possible by donating goods and funds to help the island recover.

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. Learn more: https://www.volunteerministers.org/.

A Volunteer Minister's mandate is to be "a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring truth and spiritual values to the lives of others." Their creed: "A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well."

L. Ron Hubbard is the Founder of the Scientology Religion and Mr. David Miscavige is the religion's ecclesiastical leader.

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‘Restore Our Earth’ is the Theme of Earth Day 2021 and the Passion and Way of Life of Scientologist Peter Vajda

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Scientology Network's "Meet a Scientologist" television series celebrates the work of agricultural engineer Peter Vajda, the Church of Scientology International announced today. For Vajda, this year's Earth Day theme, "Restore Our Earth," is a passion and way of life as it focuses attention on regenerating the world's ecosystems through natural processes, emerging green technologies and innovative thinking.

"With the population growing and productive farmland decreasing, this is a race to save future generations," Vajda says in his "Meet a Scientologist" episode that can be viewed on the Scientology Network.

In speaking of the reason this theme was selected, Kathleen Rogers, president and CEO of Earthday.org states, "Our soils are in horrendous shape, worldwide, not just in the U.S. We're looking at global, catastrophic misuse of our soils."

Agriculture depends on friendly bacteria. Without these microscopic organisms, crops can't grow. Each year, we lose 75 billion tons of fertile soil, says Vajda, who points out that at this rate we will run out of fertile soil in another 60 years.

His company, Phylazonit, organically grows good bacteria to restore the soil so it can support life again.

Learn how the innovative work of this ardent environmentalist is reversing this crisis in his native Hungary and across the globe. Watch Vajda's episode of "Meet a Scientologist" on the Scientology Network.

Broadcast from Scientology Media Productions, the Church's global media center in Los Angeles, the Scientology Network can be streamed on Scientology.tv and is available through satellite television, mobile apps and via the Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV platforms.

The Scientology Network was launched in March 2018 by Mr. David Miscavige, ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. It has been viewed in 240 countries and territories worldwide in 17 languages.

Learn more at:

https://www.scientology.tv/series/meet-a-scientologist/peter-vajda.html

https://www.scientology.tv/series/inside-scientology/scientology-media-productions.html

https://www.scientology.tv/apps/

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes Selects Sports Connect to Advance the Growth of Faith-Based Athletics

PLANO, Texas -- Stack Sports today announced that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) - an organization dedicated to helping athletes unite their two passions, faith, and athletics, to impact the world for Jesus Christ - has selected Sports Connect, powered by Stack Sports, to provide its organization with real-time membership insights, better communications tools and an enhanced registration process for local clubs and leagues.

The enhanced registration process will be deployed in the new mobile-first registration experience from Sports Connect, allowing local FCA organizations to improve the parent experience without sacrificing the robust league management tools they require. The solution will provide tools to help grow participation, communicate more efficiently, and provide a streamlined operations flow for local FCA staff.

"Stack Sports is a pioneer in 'mobile-first' registration and we are excited to bring more innovative approaches to saving volunteers and staff time with FCA," said Jeff Brunsberg, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer at Stack Sports. "We are honored to Partner with the FCA to help their members as they look to grow participation and faith-based programs."

Sports Connect, the most advanced league management platform in the market, offers a solution that provides local organizations benefits such as:

* Mobile-First Registration - Register players and volunteers, all in one place and from any device

* Better Communication Tools - Targeted emailing with auto list management, use professional templates, and monitor statistics.

* Integrated Fan Wear - Set it and forget it. Select your logos and colors. We'll take care of the rest.

* Best-in-class Reporting and Financial Tracking - Collect money, create payment plans, send reminders, and track order progress all at once. Plus customized reports, and financial reconciliation, all in real time.

* Real-time Data and Insights into Membership - Understand your participation trends as they are happening with data and insights tools.

"Our local FCA clubs and league shouldn't have to choose between easy to use and best-in-class," said Caz McCaslin, Executive Director League and Club Sport Ministry of FCA. "As the leader in faith-based athletics, we want to provide our organization with the best technology in the market so they can focus on what matters most. Helping athletes unite their two passions, faith, and athletics, to impact the world for Jesus Christ."

About Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives...one heart at a time. Since 1954, FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport to reach every coach and every athlete with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel.

About Stack Sports

With nearly 50 million users in 35 countries, Stack Sports is a global technology leader in SaaS platform offerings for the sports industry. The company provides world-class software and services to support national governing bodies, youth sports associations, leagues, clubs, parents, coaches, and athletes. Some of the largest and most prominent sports organizations including the U.S. Soccer Federation, Little League Baseball and Softball, and Pop Warner Little Scholars rely on Stack Sports technology to run and manage their organizations. Stack Sports is headquartered in Dallas and is leading the industry one team at a time focusing on three key pillars -- Play, Improve, and Engage. To learn more about how Stack Sports is transforming the sports experience, please visit http://www.stacksports.com/.

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New Book Helps People to Deal with Loss During the Pandemic

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- When Gina Marie Mordecki's daughter was raped and murdered, she prayed that her death would not be in vain. Her new book, "God's Amazing Intimacy in Grief" (ISBN: 979-8578563751), is the answer to that prayer. Mordecki's book is written to help heal the hearts of others who have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one.

"Right now, we're living through a terrible pandemic and people are dying," Mordecki said. "People are dying alone and their loved ones are left behind to cope with a reality of inconsolable sadness. I want this book to offer some comfort and perhaps, even provide some answers."

After Mordecki's daughter was murdered, people didn't know what to say.

"It's one thing to say, 'I'm sorry for your loss,' but it's quite another to live in a house with an empty place setting at the dinner table," she says. "And, for people suffering loss during the pandemic, the suffering is only compounded through quarantining and "stay-at-home" orders."

"God's Amazing Intimacy in Grief" is a short read, less than an hour, that serves to minister to people while they grieve. It asks and answers important questions such as "Why now?" and helps people to understand and resolve their anger with God. It shares stories of others who have lost children and details how they found their way out of the darkness.

Mordecki's personal account of her tragic loss shares personal experiences of how God tried to prepare her for the loss and then helped her to deal with the inevitable outcome. The book also references specific scripture and offers interpretation.

"God's Amazing Intimacy in Grief" is available on Amazon for 0.99 as an eBook and $5.99 in paperback format.

For more information: https://www.whispersfromgod1.com/

About the Author

Gina Marie Mordecki is a nurse and grief counselor. After her daughter was murdered, she attended grief share classes and then, for seven years, led a grief support group for women who had lost a child of their own. She also led bible study classes and is an avid student of the bible herself. She was president of her nursing class and has been a guest speaker for nurse graduating classes. She loves to sing and has been nicknamed "the singing nurse." She has a dog Mia, who is her faithful friend and emotional support pet. She believes that pets help to fill the loneliness and lessen the anxiety after the loss of a loved one.

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