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Dec 16, 2008 After long delay, Scientology church opens in Carytown — Style Weekly (Richmond, Virginia)
Style Weekly (Richmond, Virginia)
Delayed for more than a year, the grand opening of the Church of Scientology Mission of Richmond Dec. 14 looked a lot like any old ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Big red bow stretched across the doorway at Cary and Nansemond streets? Check.
Founder of the church mission indulging his teenage son’s rock-star dreams with a rented public address system and a captive crowd? Check.
Plates of holiday cookies and punch? Check.
Slightly off-putting future man in black suit, black shirt and bright red ...
Nov 19, 2007 Scientology Church to open in Carytown — Commonwealth Times
The Church of Scientology, best known for its celebrity members, such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta, is planning to open a church in Carytown.
It will be the first established Scientology church in Richmond.
The church could open by December and will offer introductory lectures, meetings and a book store, said Sylvia Standard, director of external affairs for the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C.
Scientologists enter the religion as beginners and progress to higher levels as they increase ...
Sep 11, 2007 The L. Ron Hubbard House: Get There Before Travolta — Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper
In the pantheon of D.C. area weird religious places to go and gawk, you’ve got the George Washington Masonic Memorial, the Oz-like LDS Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center and now L. Ron Hubbard’s house.
A bold, swanky sign went up less than a week ago in front of 1812 19th Street NW in Dupont, site of the “founding church” of Scientology that Hubbard set up in 1955. The house belonged to the church until the mid-’70s, when it was sold and ...
May 5, 2006 Scientology spreads out in push for D.C. members — Washington Business Journal
Washington Business Journal
Jackson Wyan, a young Tom Cruise look-alike with short black hair and a black button-down shirt, greets people with laser-focused eye contact, a fixed smile and solid handshake at the Founding Church of Scientology of D.C. in Dupont Circle.
His mission not-so-impossible: Recruit more members.
Would-be Scientologists approach the landmark red building, also known as Fraser Mansion, at 20th and R streets NW, with regularity. Wyan, who's been with the D.C. church six years, gives tours that include a sweep through ...
Sep 2, 2005 L. Ron Hubbard, GW & Scientology — GW Hatchet
When prospective students tour GW, one of the things they learn is how easy it is to start an organization. Tour guides chirp about the school's most famous alumni - Colin Powell and Jackie O, of course, and if the tour guide is feeling daring, he might throw Watergate's "Deep Throat" into the mix. But one name that prospective students do not hear is that of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church of Scientology.
Perhaps it's because students are ...
Jun 12, 2005 Testing openness to Scientology // Church offers stress exams, and a pitch, at public booths — Washington Post
The sign advertising "Free Stress Test" beckoned Marian Prescott as she crossed Farragut Square, and she found herself settling into a chair beneath a yellow tent and taking hold of two metal poles hooked up to a device that the tester said could detect psychic strain. "What did you think of?" asked Kelly Turrisi, the tester, as the needle on the electrometer jumped to the right. Prescott tilted back her head and laughed. Work. Her husband. What else? Turrisi, 19, leaned ...
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