What is the Church of Scientology of Missouri?
The Church of Scientology of Missouri is the local hub for all Scientology activity in the surrounding areas. While there are many individual Scientologists throughout Missouri, Illinois and surrounding states and each of these may have their own Dianetics or Scientology groups, the Central Organization is the coordinating body and central focal point for them all. As such, it takes responsibility for the technical standards for the zone around it, ensuring that Dianetics and Scientology are delivered purely and workably, as they were originally codified and laid down. In fulfillment of this role, the Church maintains a staff of professional administrators, counselors (called “auditors”) and course instructors (or “course supervisors”) to ensure the correct administration and delivery of Dianetics and Scientology.
What Happens at the Church?
People from all over the Midwest regularly come to the Church to study Scientology and apply it to their own lives through personal counseling, called auditing. The Church is designed to be a place where everyone can come and better their own lives. It is a central repository of the wisdom of Dianetics and Scientology and is a training facility to create specialists in its application.
Who Can Come To The Church?
Anyone. Our doors are open to anyone, of all walks of life. As L. Ron Hubbard wrote in 1965, “We welcome you to Scientology. We only expect of you your help in achieving our aims and helping others. We expect you to be helped.”
What Other Scientology Activities Occur Locally?
Scientologists are just like anyone else and have social gatherings amongst themselves. Regular births, weddings, christenings are–like at any other Church–a huge facet of the local Scientology community. These profoundly personal experiences which are the beautiful face of life itself, interweave themselves into the normal functioning of the Church. However, the Church is busy even besides those, with regular counseling and classes. It is the mission of a Scientology church to teach people the fundamental tools and principles with which to lead a happy life. The very derivation of the word “Scientology” means “knowing how to know” or “a study of knowledge itself” and has deep analogy with epistemology. The basic principle of Scientology is that one can know life. There are truths. One can become in control of one’s fate and one’s future–just by understanding them.
As such, it is the mission of a Scientology church to teach these things and this is the core functioning and focus of the local Scientology community: teaching the workable truths as discovered by Scientology’s Founder, L. Ron Hubbard and laid down in the books and recorded lectures of Dianetics and Scientology.
Beyond just the bettering of one’s one life, Scientology has a long tradition of expecting contribution back to Mankind and to one’s community. It is not acceptable just for one to get better himself–he must help others. To truly attain full spiritual freedom, one MUST come to full responsibility over one’s environment and one’s fellows. So, in short, we help. As a group and as a Church, we take it upon ourselves as a duty to be active in the community and assist the lives of others.
This opens an entirely different facet of life for the local Scientology community–volunteerism and community activism. From disaster relief to drug prevention, Scientologists are extremely active in the community and take it upon themselves to make the world a better place for everyone around them.
A Thriving Community
Since the late 1960s, Scientology has thrived throughout the Midwest, with St. Louis being the core hub of the activity. There are Scientologist who have been actively involved for over 40 years. There are third-generation children now growing up whose grandparents were Scientologists at the founding of the local Scientology community. There are postal carriers, maintenance men, salon owners, dentists, housewives and podiatrists. From painters to radiologists, the local Scientology community spans all walks of life, but they’re all united by one common theme: their desire to better the lives of themselves and others through the miracles of Scientology.