Church of Scientology caps season of expansion with dynamic Grand Opening in northern hills of the “City of Gold”—Johannesburg.
Out of the shadow of the past a new generation is rising up, making a voice for themselves and creating a land defined by freedom of expression and spiritual awareness—a new South Africa.
Historically acknowledged as the Cradle of Humankind and now known for its inescapable, vigorous energy, a once divided Johannesburg (Joburg) continues to be on the forefront of unified change. As one of the top 50 cities in the world in terms of both size and commerce, this pan-African capital is home to many creative and cultural forces—individuals and organizations set upon cutting a better and brighter path to community success.
That spirit of innovation and new hope was resonant on a warm Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg North as over 1,500 Scientologists and guests gathered to dedicate the city’s stunning Church of Scientology on the hills of Randburg.
In commemorating the occasion, Mr. David Miscavige, the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, welcomed those in attendance in light of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s (LRH) wishes to infuse a segregated South Africa with sanity and guidance more than 50 years ago: “Should anyone ask what it means to follow an LRH dream from ‘One Man, One Vote’ to One Nation, One Purpose and from African power to African pride and Africa forever to Africa alive, well, all you have to do is consider those words ‘eternally Africa’ and ‘endlessly Africa,’ because herein lies our Lion’s Gate to Infinity’s door.”
The Grand Opening ceremony was accented with creativity and vibrant expression, led by the magical sounds of Djembe drums mixed with traditional dancers and the melodies of a local choir. The festivities soon evolved into a chorus of dignitaries from all over Johannesburg and Gauteng—welcoming the Church and forecasting a propitious future upon the cutting of its giant red ribbon.
From: Marina Simanina