Wednesday, May 17, 2006
According to E-Online:
"Isaac Hayes and wife Adjowa welcomed son Nana Kwadjo Hayes into the world Apr. 10, according to spokesman Rob Moore. The baby boy tipped the scales at eight pounds, five ounces.
"As Tom Cruise's Suri before him, the unusual tot name requires some translation. Per the Associated Press, Nana is the Ghanaian word for "king," while Kwadjo means "boy born on Monday." (Bypass the calendars: Apr. 10 did indeed fall on a Monday.)
"The Shaft singer likely gained inspiration for the moniker during one of his goodwill trips to the African country. In 1992, Hayes was crowned an honorary king of Ghana's Ada district thanks to his humanitarian deeds."
These humanitarian deeds included introducing the nation to the study technology developed by Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard.
Isaac Hayes is a Freedom Medal Winner, awarded by the International Association of Scientologists.
Here is a brief statement from Isaac from the What is Scientology? site.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Here is a photo of the grand opening of the Church of Scientology of New York.
The renovation of the church was a gift from the International Association of Scientologists (IAS)in acknowledgement for the humanitarian work of the church in helping rescue workers after the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001.
Mr. David Miscavige announced that this renovation would be done at the yearly international event commemorating the founding of the IAS. The event took place in England in October 2001.
Not only were Scientologists around the world inspired by the New York Scientologists, but Volunteer Ministers from around the country and, indeed, around the world, hearintg of what they were doing to help, put their own lives and health at risk by coming to new york and assisting in the clean-up operation at ground zero.
Every VM who helped is a hero.
He joined hundreds of other Scientology Volunteer Ministers who worked for weeks to help in any way they could.
COLUMBUS VOLUNTEER'S HEART'S IN NEW YORK
| || Thursday, November 15, 2001|
By Lornet Turnbull
In just a few weeks, Jack Via has come to know the tough, gritty underbelly of New York.
He has come to know its people -- their resilience, their vulnerabilities, their deep pride.
A volunteer minister with the Church of Scientology, Via roams New York greeting and listening to strangers and handing out pamphlets to those willing to accept them.
Although thousands of volunteers have cycled in and out of New York since Sept. 11, the 51-year-old Via left his dog, his roofing job and an apartment in Italian Village on Sept. 28 and hasn't looked back.
"I never thought about falling in love with New York City -- but I have,'' Via said this week. "There isn't anything too much more important than what's going on here now.''
Although time and a war abroad have shifted U.S. attention from New York, Via and a corps of volunteers from throughout the country talk of a city still very much on the mend.
That became devastatingly clear again this week with the crash of American Flight 587 in a Queens neighborhood already reeling from loss. Via said he and other Scientology volunteers walked the streets of the Rockaway Beach neighborhood "looking for anybody in need of help.''
When he arrived in New York, Via admits, he worried about the reception Scientologists might receive. The Los Angeles-based church founded in 1954 by the late science- fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard isn't universally embraced.
Scientologists say the religion's goal is to help people understand and improve their lives; critics accuse it of being cultlike.
At one point after Sept. 11, as many as 800 Scientologist volunteers had gathered in New York.
They employ what Via calls "spiritual'' first aid for those struggling with grief and dysfunction.
"We help people heal by getting the 'being' back in touch with the body or mind. It sounds simple, but it's very powerful.'' >> more