‘Dianetics’ 56th year to be honored
BILOXI – The Church of Scientology, Gulf Coast Mission, will celebrate the 56th anniversary of the publication of L. Ron Hubbard‘s “Dianetics” with an open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the mission in Vieux Marche’.
Denise Quint and her husband, Mike Quint, a local optometrist, run the mission. She said: “Certainly there will be refreshments and an anniversary cake. And there will be literature available,” but at the heart of it will be a video, “showing all day about Dianetics and the reactive mind and how you can rid yourself of the reactive mind.”
– Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia, quoted atWhat judges have to say about Scientology
“People are welcome to come and go as they like all day.”
The Quints have been Mississippi Coast residents for about 25 years. The mission opened in February, and she reports interest has been more than they expected.
Since the book at the heart of Scientology rolled off the presses in 1950, “Twenty-one million copies have been sold, and we are approaching the 22 million mark,” she said.
“We have 6,000 different missions around the world,” and a membership among everyday people that far outnumbers celebrity membership.
Mike Quint said, “We have different rites and rituals, and a lot involves self-study and counseling – called auditing.”
Course rooms are open at certain times (inquire at the mission), and people are welcome to study even if they have not become members.
The study of Dianetics and membership in the Church of Scientology are separate and distinct, Denise said.