SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. - The Church of Scientology Atlanta held the grand opening of its new facilities in Sandy Springs on Saturday.
The new Church will deliver all Scientology services as well as offer our array of humanitarian programs to the community at large.
"This is Scientology for a new American South," said David Miscavige, the ecclesiastical leader of Scientology and the Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center. "And so whereafter that ribbon falls for Atlanta and she in turn rises up, should anyone ask to what is Atlanta rising, you can truthfully say: she's rising to eternity!"
The new home of the Church is located in the Atlanta metropolitan area and the City of Sandy Springs, atop a rise overlooking the bustling Roswell Road. The 45,000-square-foot Williamsburg-style mansion speaks "Southern charm" and welcomes all from Atlanta and beyond.
"Today honors a tale of Ideal Org creation that epitomizes Ideal Org spirit," Mr. Miscavige said just before cutting a giant ribbon that officially opened the Atlanta Ideal Church of Scientology Organization.
Joining the Church's opening celebration were 1,500 Atlanta Scientologists, plus those from along the Eastern Seaboard. Also attending were leading voices of the Atlanta community who welcomed the Church to its new home.
The Information Center also offers a detailed overview of the many Scientology-supported humanitarian programs. These include a worldwide human rights education initiative; a far-reaching drug education, prevention and rehabilitation program; a global network of literacy and learning centers; and the Scientology Volunteer Ministers program, now representing the world's largest independent relief force.
Atlanta's Ideal Org also features a chapel that provides for Scientology congregational gatherings, including Sunday services, weddings and naming ceremonies, as well as a host of communitywide events open to members of all denominations. The Ideal Org further includes multiple seminar rooms and classrooms, in addition to an entire floor dedicated to Scientology auditing (spiritual counseling).