The Scientology Information Center Welcomes Religious Studies Classes

The Church of Scientology Public Information Center in Clearwater, Florida, provides a comprehensive resource for religious studies students and educators to learn about Scientology beliefs, practices and activities. Students from 20 nations have visited the center since its July 2015 grand opening.

According to Clearwater, Florida’s, Scientology Information Center manager Amber Skjelset, since the center’s opening in July 2015 religious studies students from half a dozen educational institutions have benefited from the center’s informational displays and materials. Skjelset adds that students from as far away as Russia and the United Kingdom have joined the more than 6,500 people from 20 countries who have visited the center to learn about Scientology.

“Some of the most commonly posed questions have been, ‘How do people become Scientologists?’ ‘Do Scientologists believe in God?’ ‘Can members of other faiths also be Scientologists?’ and ‘What are the basic ceremonies of the Church of Scientology?’” she says.

Some of the most commonly posed questions have been, 'How do people become Scientologists?' 'Do Scientologists believe in God?' 'Can members of other faiths also be Scientologists?' and 'What are the basic ceremonies of the Church of Scientology?'

Amber Skjelset, Scientology Information Center manager

The Scientology Information Center is housed in the historic Clearwater Building at 500 Cleveland Street. It offers guests the opportunity to peruse audio-visual informational displays covering basic Scientology concepts, as well as a full biographical display on the life and legacy of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. The interactive displays feature nearly 300 videos in 17 languages, with subtitles for the hearing impaired.

One display features the broad humanitarian initiatives the Church supports, each of which now has its own facility just steps from the Scientology Information Center. “The additional centers offer solutions to tackle issues that plague communities: Drug abuse, moral decay and crime,” says Skjelset. “They provide educational materials and tools that address these situations and bring about results. Scientologists are dedicated to helping our communities eliminate these ills.”          

Each of the centers is open from 10 am to 10 pm.

The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 nations. Scientologists are optimistic about life and believe there is hope for a saner world and better civilization, and actively do all they can to help achieve this. Based on L. Ron Hubbard’s words, “A community that pulls together can make a better society for all,” the Church of Scientology regularly engages in many humanitarian programs and community events.

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